Having an office uniform has its pros and cons. The best thing is you don't need to put together an outfit every morning. Plus, looking professional is a breeze—you can simply throw on your blazer and skirt (or slacks) and head straight to the door! This doesn't mean, however, that you can't show off your impeccable style and your fun personality when you've got a uniform. Here are ways you can stay stylishly classy in your corporate attire, without getting a memo from HR:
1. Upgraded heels and flats
When you've got an office uniform, you can generally only wear either nude or black shoes. But to keep your footwear from looking a little less ordinary, pay attention to the little details that can set your classic heels apart from others—it could be a clear, block heel, or even an asymmetrical strap.
FN TIP: Opt for thick heels like block heels that provide enough support for you to comfortably walk around in heels all day.
TRY: Charles and Keith asymmetrical strap leather pumps, P3,950, available online
TRY: Zara methacrylate heel, P2,595, available online
For those days when you can't be bothered to wear heels, try this dainty pair of flats with floral embroidery that lets you show off your girly side:
TRY: Mango embroidered flat shoes, P1,995 (from P3,995), available online
2. Lighter hair color
Dyeing your locks is another way to express yourself when you've got a uniform, but choosing a hair color that won't raise eyebrows in the office can be tricky. Generally, you can get away with rocking the natural hair colors like blonde, brown, and of course, black.
But to give your hair color a subtle upgrade, consider highlights to add dimension to your locks. Blonde streaks can seamlessly and beautifully blend in with brown-colored hair; it can also bring out the natural golden undertones of morena skin.
...Or if you're getting tired of the typical browns and blondes, gray is a safe yet striking shade for you to try as it only appears a few shades lighter than your natural black tresses. It isn't too loud and it isn't too basic. Plus, it's also a sneaky way to hide your strands of white hair!
3. Structured handbag
In case you haven't noticed, your bag is one of first things that people notice when you walk into the office. Instead of slouchy purses which can appear a little sloppy, opt for structured bags for a sleeker vibe. Executive Lifestyle notes that rich colors like red and green portray authority, so you may want to stick to those hues when investing in a work bag. But of course, you also can't also go wrong with the classic blacks and neutrals!
TRY: Ni Qua trapazio large in wine, P5,995, available online
TRY: Cathy Handbags “rika” large oval rattan carryall, P4,800, available online
4. Classy, unconventional jewelry
Opt for minimalist jewelry with unique styles that can add character to your office look and can even be a great conversation starter.
TRY: Ram Jewelry rachel twister ring (short), P2,995, available on Zalora
TRY: Hey Frankie the martina, P499, available on heyfrankie.ph
FN TIP: Feel free to stack dainty jewelry like what Heart Evangelista did here, but go for slim, delicate styles so your wrists won't feel too weighed down all day and also so it wouldn't look too distracting during meetings.
TRY: Heart and Bolt bespoke half bar diamond bracelet and havana links bracelet 18k and diamonds, price available upon request, available online
5. Bold lipstick
When in doubt, the fastest and easiest way to look stylish in your uniform is to add some color to your pout. If you've got morena skin, a brick red lipstick will flatter your warm complexion. Fair-skinned ladies, on the other hand, can opt for a bright orange-red or fuchsia pink lipstick.
TRY: Mary Kay at Play Matte Liquid Lip Color, P499, available through an Independent Beauty Consultant