If there is one thing I complain about going from school to work is finding something to wear. Throughout my years in the public school system, I had a relatively easy time picking out something to wear because there was a dress code and a common code. The dress code was what the school board officially deemed as appropriate to wear. The common code was my own internal sense of what I should wear based on my age, the weather, and insight. Essentially, the common code is a jazzy way of common sense.
However, once I got to college the rules went out the window. I saw people in everything from a suit to pajamas going to class. There was no dress code at all. I even heard from one of my instructors that a girl was late to class so she came bikini-clad since she had been sunbathing just recently. But as my years as a co-ed drew to a close, it was obvious that I was going to have to put together the dreaded office ensemble.
Most places now fall under one of two categories for office clothing guidelines: business professional or business casual. Most of the places I have worked at fall under business casual given that there is too much activity going on to be effective in a skirt and heels yet still distinguished enough to disallow flip flops and tank tops. Here are some professional winter ideas that may help you find your own style enjoy…