Dressed for Success

Meredith Duncan ’08 blogs about sailing through your workday in style

by Christina Barber-Just

Meredith Duncan ’08 was busy building a new wardrobe for her first job as a paralegal at a Manhattan law firm Meredith Duncanwhen she met Lindsay Mueller, who, as another paralegal at the firm, was doing the very same thing. The two found themselves talking about fashion all the time. They realized there wasn’t much colorful, fun, creative content online about how to dress for work, so they did what any self-respecting modern Manhattanite would do: they started a blog. Cubicle Chic was launched in April 2010 with the mission of inspiring creativity in young professionals’ everyday corporate style. Here is Duncan’s checklist for assembling a business wardrobe you’ll love.

Buy a good suit that fits your body—and your industry—perfectly. It won’t be the most exciting item in your wardrobe, but it will serve you well.

Once you have your basics, mix and match. You’ll be surprised how many combinations you can come up with.

The simplest way to accessorize? Jewelry. A statement necklace or earrings can take a button-down from simple to stunning.

Embrace scarves. They add color and dimension to an outfit, plus they keep you warm in the winter.

Incorporate affordable vintage items into your wardrobe. They are unique and add personality to your appearance.

Solids are nice, but prints can be a great way to add a little kick to your look. For instance, try adding a skinny leopard-print belt to your black trousers.

Within your office’s boundaries, don’t be afraid to express yourself through style. You will most likely inspire others and feel more confident yourself.

Dressing for work doesn’t have to be a drag. Draw inspiration from blogs, street style, and co-workers to have fun with your 9-to-5 look.

Spring 2011 SAQ