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For a trendy work wardrobe

Confused what to wear to work? Well, take heart, for a fashion guru has offered some universal dress codes...

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 20, 2009 19:41 IST

Confused what to wear to work? Well, take heart, for a fashion guru has offered some universal dress codes that would take you away from the horror of choosing an outfit for office.

Fashion stylist Di Cant has said that there are different dress codes for different workplaces, but a few rules are universal.

While it''s easy for men to jump into a suit, women consider a variety of factors.

"You should look like the job you do," quoted Cant as saying.

"If you work in a law firm, you should dress in a more formal manner," she added.

While black suits are ideal for the corporate world, but according to Cant, shift dresses can be more trendy.

"Dresses will work but there are boundaries. When businesswomen wear them they give the look of total immaculate grooming," she added.

For working mothers basics in natural, grey and black would look make them look stylish.

"You need to buy a few outfits that really work and take the pain and worry out of choosing what to wear," said Cant.

"I do suggest you have one good jersey dress in the wardrobe," she added.

Westfield stylist Kim Ring believes women need to take a little more time when dressing for work.

"A lot of women in their 30s have lost a lot of self-esteem," said Ring.

"But they should always remember: it''s about dressing for the job you would like, not the one you are doing," she added.

Buying one basic suit is the ideal way to set up a wardrobe, adding the dress, shirt and waistcoat when you can.

"Create a little uniform yourself and keep all the suiting in classic colours," she said.

Knee-length skirts are a must, as are closed-in shoes and stockings in corporate jobs.

In creative industries such as fashion and media, Cant says denim can be OK.

"Dark denim always looks more professional and the jeans should be boot cut and not low-rise," she said.

Cant said that fresher must consider their shape and the industry they are going into.

"Invest in one great outfit for all of your interviews and that way if you feel good, you''ll look good," she added.