Promote yourself so much better; Climbing the career ladder can be achieved by updating your dated wardrobe to stand out from the crowd. By Demelza de Burca.
SO there's a new promotion on the offering at work? Well one way to get noticed more quickly by your boss is smartening up your wardrobe.
Try to avoid the bog-standard black suit, though. Modern office wear can be more relaxed, with bright separates a great way to start.
Peg suit trousers add a fashion edge to your office wardrobe and look great with sky-high heels. Look to former The City star Olivia Palermo for her perfect and polished work attire while on duty as Accessories Editor for Elle. The US socialite is famed for mixing high-end with high street.
The Topshop fan must love the store's new Prim & Polished collection of vintage-inspired pieces. From 60s dolly birds to 40s post-war Britain, the retro styles have a serious dose of ladylike appeal.
Ditsy florals appear on tea dresses with pretty details and look oh-so-girly teamed with princess coats, while pleated calf-length skirts and tapered ankle-grazers are paired with Peter Pan blouses and novelty knits to super-cute effect.
Mary Janes worn with stockings, daintily beaded pouches, belts featuring bows and faux-fur collars are mixed and matched to a dressing-up box effect.
If you look the part it'll help you feel the part and there is plenty to choose from on the High Street.
Wear any of these outfits to the office and you'll be prepared for anything - even a grilling from Bill Cullen on The Apprentice.
IVORY TRIM BOUCLE JACKET, EUR88 avaiable at Topshop
BLACK LEATHER MERINO LOCK FRAME SATCHEL, EUR112 available at Topshop
STONE FAUX LEATHER SLEEVE BELTED TRENCH COAT, EUR110 available at Topshop
ASOS Tailored Palazzo Suit Trousers WAS EUR51.28 NOW FROM EUR25.64
Karen Millen Colour Blocked Knitted Dress WAS EUR160.25 NOW EUR96.15
Reiss Blaire Flat Fronted 7/8 Tailored Trousers EUR121.79
ASOS PREMIUM Cropped Boucle Suit Jacket EUR51.28, Boucle Matelot Suit Shorts EUR44.87
ASOS Soft Draped Suit Blazer WASEUR64.10 NOW EUR32.05,
ASOS High Waist Wrap Front Peg Suit Trousers EUR51.28
ASOS PREMIUM Belted Origami Suit Blazer EUR108.97