6 Style Rules All Chic Working Women Follow

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There’s something inexplicably inspiring about a career-driven woman who has it all together and always looks amazing. We all know professional success takes time and dedication, so simultaneously nailing it in the sartorial category can be a challenge. To help, we’ve narrowed down the six tricks used by all intrinsically stylish working women to put you ahead of the game in the boardroom. Here’s how to stay chic in the office and beyond.

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1. Keep Versatile Shoes At Your Desk

Having appropriate footwear on deck keeps you prepared for anything that may come your way. Whether you're headed to a last-minute dinner with a client or are facing a five-block trek to a meeting, you have access to both elevated pumps and comfortable flats. Be sure to choose classic, neutral options that can easily work with whatever outfit you're feeling that day.

Embossed Slingback Shoes

$30

Zara

Caiolea Pumps

$170

Schutz

2. Plan A Go-To Uniform

When important presentations call for an über-polished, fail-safe professional ensemble, it's crucial to understand exactly what's appropriate for you and your industry. Nail down a go-to outfit that leaves you feeling comfortable and confident, whether it's a pencil skirt and blouse or a monochrome pantsuit, and make sure you always have one set ready to go.

Satin Blouse

$148

Cityshop

Remi Skirt

$220

Reiss

Windsor Striped Blazer

$525

Rag & Bone

3. Ensure A Perfect Fit

There's nothing sloppier than ill-fitting clothing. Find a reliable tailor to alter your pieces precisely for your figure.

4. Balance Proportions

While incorporating current trends is always encouraged, make sure your outfit doesn't read costumey or expose too much skin. For example, pair a fitted sleeveless top with an demure A-line midi skirt, or team a voluminous ruffled blouse with slim pants. It's all about balance.

Straight Cotton Trousers

$80

Mango

Fonda Ruffle-Trimmed Crepe Top

$712

Osman

5. Keep Accessories Polished

Your finishing touches should be classic. Invest in a spacious, versatile bag to stow essentials, a sleek card holder and a polished, minimalist phone case—save colorful, emoji-bedecked covers for the weekend.

Leather Card Holder

$41

Whistles

Sandrine Suede Bag

$499

Clare V.

Stoned iPhone 6/6s Case

$24

Zero Gravity

6. Stash Your Makeup Essentials

You're likely inundated with work and social engagements around the clock so be prepared to refresh your makeup with a stash of essentials. Red lipstick instantly transforms your look from daytime to evening, while a neutral eye-shadow stick provides a wash of color sans the fuss of a brush. Add definition to the eyes with a swipe of mascara and eliminate mid-afternoon shine with a dusting of powder.

Mascara Vinyl Couture in I’m The Clash

$29

Yves Saint Laurent

Dual Finish Longwear Powder Foundation

$39

Lancome

Skinny Shadow Stick Shimmer Eyeshadow in Mushroom Shimmer

$15

Ciaté London

La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick in 9021Ohhh

$22

Too Faced

Monster Eyes Cosmetics Case

$250

Fendi