Dude Looks Like a Lady

Blog Post created by val.anderson Champion on Mar 20, 2015

We all know oil and gas is mostly a good ole boys club. But just because it’s a male dominated industry is no excuse for ladies to dress like one of the boys.  We’ve all seen those women who, in an effort to “fit in” at the office, wear an ill-fitting suit or polo and khaki pants.  Guess what? Their plan to fit in and look like one of the guys probably isn’t working. Plus, what’s so bad about dressing with a feminine touch?

Check out a few tips below on how to build a uniform and a few ways to add a feminine pop to your professional look.


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  • Build a Work Uniform with the Fashion Formula


  • Start with the basics – If you’re looking for a classic look, you can’t go wrong with a button down and slacks.  Every professional should have THE classic white shirt and a few other color options.  For a more feminine look, you can try a blouse and a skirt or even a dress.  If you’re opting for a dress, try to use a sheath or wrap to make it office appropriate.  When choosing a for skirt, you can never go wrong with a pencil skirt or midi length skirt, for pants, the fit is key because too big or long is just as bad as too short or tight.


  • Keep it interesting – stand out from the basic men and make a statement with a pop of color or fun pattern.


  • Add a third piece – pull a look together and complete it by adding a blazer, jacket or cardigan. Classic color options for blazers include dark shades, but feel free to mix things up with a color combo, pattern or textured coat.


  • Top it off – accessories can make the strongest statement and can keep your look interesting and complete.


Using these tips you can take the standard male work uniform and transition it easily into a feminine and professional look. Take a look at these outfits for inspiration.

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Suit up in a blouse, skirt and blazer, opt for a tailored belted dress or mix things up with a textured blazer for a pop.

Take notes from the guys and layer on a sweater for a peek of collar and pair with navy textured pants, make the look feminine with a statement necklace and pointy toe flats.

Step up the business casual staple of a polo shirt and khakis by wearing a printed top, metallic flats and a scarf that serves as a completer piece and accessory all in one.

Blazers, button ups and slacks are the separates that make up every business wardrobe and ladies can still look feminine with a tailored blazer, well fitting trousers and fun shoes.  Opt for a printed skirt and colorful blouse and you’ll be perfectly professional and feminine. 

Still stumped on what to wear or have more questions, just contact me and I’ll help you find your style to envy.

With Style,