Pullovers in the workplace? Yes, it's possible! Here's 9 ways to work smart with your sweater
Make that pullover work
Some days, just some, we do not feel like being all ‘chiffon and blousey’. Meh. We want to be as dressed down as we can possibly be, whilst also looking dressed up. Sounds complicated, but it’s easier than you think! Say hello to the comfy-but-chic pullover attire.
We sure hope these tips give you some wriggle room to get creative with your office #OOTDs!
Accessorise with a plain pullover
To keep things classy, your best bet is to go with a plain pullover like this one in a subtle beige, then add some statement earrings to instantly elevate your look. The focus will be on your earcandy, which comes in a winning combination of rose gold vermeil and raw-cut amazonite stones.
Pullovers can be rather shapeless, so you want to opt for a structured bag to balance the “puffiness” and not veer into casual territory. A smart and sleek bag is all you need – this one from Gucci resembles a modern, female version of the briefcase, and the striking red, which shouts #girlboss, just seals the deal.
Strategy is the name of the game when you’re incorporating a tricky piece into your work outfit. Choose pullovers with chic details so you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed. For instance, ruffle trims embellished with crystals and faux pearls, and a striped ruffled bib and cuffs add visual interest and lend polish to your look.
Heels are a surefire way to look professional. Throw on some pointy ones so you don’t just get that much-desired height boost, but also look even more put together with the tapered toe box. These suede shoes in a unique dark grey-blue, together with a complementary striped pullover, will get your boss’ stamp of approval.
The pencil skirt is a staple in the work wardrobe, and the form-fitting piece can be teamed with a neutral pullover for a modern ensemble. Tip: Go with a cropped pullover to highlight your natural body proportions – you also don’t have to tuck it into your skirt, which is already pretty unforgiving on the waist!
The best way to hide the fact that you’re wearing a pullover to work is to… cover up. Wear a spiffy jacket to amp up the formal vibe and hardly anyone will notice your inner layer. Best if the jacket is of an eye-catching (but not overly distracting) shade, so the attention will solely be on your outer wear.
Tailored pants is another work wardrobe essential. A pair of dogtooth checkered trousers with a defined silhouette can afford you some leeway with a slightly more casual top, like this khaki jumper. Oh yes, we’re definitely loving the ties at the cuffs – it’s all about the details, remember?
This trick never gets old. Pull off preppy chic by wearing a crisp white blouse under your pullover. Together with some sophisticated earrings and strappy heels, you’ll be on top of your cosy work outfit game.
Last but not least, remember that your favourite loud pullovers are best left for weekend brunch. If you’re hesitating about a piece, it’s better to drop it. Sometimes, we may get too comfortable pushing boundaries that we forget the workplace is still a workplace after all – we can’t expect to be taken seriously wearing a Spongebob Squarepants pullover.