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Office Fashion: Is It Time To Update Your Look?

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If you’re still dressing like you did in the 80’s, it’s time to retire that hair, makeup, or outfit… and instead embrace some new style inspiration.

Fashion Challenge: Older professionals who don’t realize when it’s definitely time to update their look and have a major style makeover. Example: someone who is clinging to a hairstyle or fashion trend that was fashionable fifteen years ago, thinking it still looks good.

SharpHeels Style Guideline

Don’t make an office fashion flub – know when it’s time to update your look. Anything older than 10 years, unless it’s a gorgeous, classic Chanel suit, is outdated — and it’s absolutely time to refresh your look.

Good example: The classic comedy Nine to Five, released in 1980, starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, and tells the tale of three working women, with diverse skills and personalities, who rally together to change a dysfunctional business.

While the hilarious subject matter will never get old, and this  is an entertaining film that should be watched over and over again, the styles these actresses wore in this 1980’s classic are definitely outmoded, and should not be replicated today. Instead, gain inspiration from how these big stars are dressing now:

Jane Fonda (age 76) – an amazingly beautiful woman, she always looks chic and sophisticated.  We’ll share some coat and jacket dresses that cinched at the waste for a flattering silhouette.

Lily Tomlin (age 74) – an Emmy- and Tony-winner, as well as being an Oscar-nominated actress, she always looks both professional and absolutely appropriate for the event she’s attending – while doing it with a casual ease.

We’ll also look at some of our favorite television characters for added style inspiration:

TV Inspiration:

  • Coastal Chic – Andie McDowell (age 54) plays Olivia Lockhart, a municipal court judge in Cedar Cove (Hallmark Channel).
  • Executive Leadership – Julia Louis-Dreyus (age 48) as Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO’s Veep.
  • Courtroom Power – Julianna Margulies (age 46) as Alicia Florrick in CBS’s The Good Wife.
  • Bold Sophistication – Dana Delany (56) stars as Megan Hunt in ABC’s Body of Proof

Click here to view all of the style guides in this office fashion series.

 


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Ashley Poulin Ashley Poulin is the SharpHeels Editor-in-Chief and Fashion Editor in Austin, Texas. Marketing executive turned entrepreneur. "Be passionate, take measured risks, and enjoy what you do."