Whether you’re off to a regular day at the office or going to an exciting job interview, wearing modest work clothes can be a great way to look confident yet conservative at the same time. That’s because showing less skin can give you a positive and lasting first impression!

But that doesn't mean you have to compromise on your fashion favourites because conservative clothes can still be cool. It is all about the way you put them together, ladies!

Here are a few handpicked items and styling tips on how to match your modest clothing for work: 

  1. Loose is Cool

modest loose fitting black blouse with frills on sleeves
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A loose-fitting blouse isn't considered frumpy. In fact, you can style an oversized blouse with tight bottoms to look sophisticated. A long and loose-fitted top is also a great way to cover your body while still looking well put together and chic.

Loose-fitting doesn’t necessarily translate to slouchy, either. It’s all about how you style your blouse with your bottoms, shoes and accessories!

modest loose fitting black blouse with frills on sleeves
Shop the Look: Lyie Noir Top-Black, £27.00 GBP

You can choose to tuck in your top with flowy pants or let it remain tucked out paired with tighter bottoms. For accessories, don’t go overboard! A simple pair of dangling earrings will be enough to elevate the look.

A pro tip is to look for loose-fitting blouses that have interesting sleeves. It can be layered, batwing-like, or even as funky as flamenco sleeves. This would help make your plain top stand out without being over the top.

  1. Built-In Accessories

modest loose fitting blouse with tie around neck
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When dressing up for the office, it’s best not to go overboard when accessorizing your outfit. Chunky necklaces and oversized loop earrings, to name a few, can be distracting for you and your co-workers!

That doesn’t mean you should always go to the office looking super plain! A modest, stylish clothing option would be a top that already provides extra ‘oomph!’, like a tie-neck blouse.

modest loose fitting blouse with tie around neck
Shop the Look: Nude Blouse with Polka Dots, £30.00 GBP

A built-in scarf like the one featured above is an excellent modest piece that provides you with a high neckline. It also adds the right amount of style to your outfit without having to accessorize much.

The best part is that you can keep a tie-neck blouse as a staple piece for your conservative outfit ideas since its design is versatile. You can wear them with pants or skirts. You can choose to style it alone or with a blazer. Whatever your call is, it can certainly work!

  1. Roomy Trousers

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Just because you need to look sophisticated and proper during office hours, doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on comfort or style.

You can still style your corporate conservative attire to reflect your own fashion sense. That way you will be comfortable with what you are wearing, and at the same time, still, be able to strut it with confidence!

A perfect way to balance comfort, fashion, and etiquette is by sporting a pair of wide leg trousers. Yes, you heard that right! Straight, wide leg trousers are back in the game!

modest wide leg trousers loose fit
Shop the Look: Wide Leg Trouser, £32.00 GBP

With a pair of loose fitting pants like wide leg trousers, you can stay up to date with the latest trends and still be covered up.

You can even go the economical route by purchasing a solid, neutral coloured pair! That way you can easily restyle your trousers and match it with different conservative outfit ideas.

  1. Tight But Alright

modest checkered midi skirt
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Pencil skirts have been in the office fashion game for a long time. In fact, many women all over the world already wear it on a daily basis. There are countless designs, patterns and different lengths to choose from today!

With the numerous choices available, you can be creative and create your own unique outfits with something as simple as a pencil skirt.

modest checkered midi skirt in brown
Shop the Look: Placket Midi Skirt - Check, £54.00 GBP

A great look that’s fast becoming popular today is a pencil skirt with a midi length. That’s the length that covers your knees, so it shows less skin and can still be part of a conservative attire.

  1. Match the Pieces


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If you want to have a definitive uniform when you're going to work or an interview, a matching set of formal clothes like a blazer and trousers is an excellent choice.

With co-ords, have the option to wear it separately or together. You can also style it up or down with accessories, depending on the occasion. But all in all, a matching suit will make sure you look sharp and stylish!

modest matching grey co-ord suit loose fitting blazer
Shop the Look: Single Button Check Blazer, £40.00 GBP

modest matching grey co-ord suit loose fitting pants
Shop the Look: Grey Checked Trouser, £35.00 GBP

Making an effort to match your top and bottom for your conservative interview attire or for a regular day at the office, can provide you with the confidence you need. Plus, this smart outfit commands respect from everyone around you! 

  1. Speak with Patterns

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We all know that office life can be dreary and dull at times. Add a little brightness to your office with colourful patterns in your work clothes. You can look presentable and modest even while wearing vibrant hues and striking designs.

Have fun styling brightly-coloured ensemble to make your every day a little bit more exciting. You can even add funky accessories like belts or neon-coloured shoes (so as long as you stick to the office dress code that is!).

modest long red midi dress with prints and patterns
Shop the Look: Red Tie Front Stripe Midi Dress, £29.00 GBP

The great thing about wearing patterns is that it visibly changes your style every day.  Of course, re-styling patterned clothing might be a bit of a challenge, but then it gives you more opportunities to discover your fashion skills. 

With inspiration from the latest fashion trends on INNERMOD, you can turn your work life into something more exciting with these trendy conservative outfit ideas.

Think of all the different outfits you can create by following these tips above, and you wouldn’t even need to change your clothing preferences drastically. In fashion, anything goes, so being conservative can be as thrilling as any other style!

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