07 May 2014 06:45 | By Tammi Tan
Spice up your work outfit (without breaking the dress code)

We chat with Missy Stella founder Serina Wee to find out how to be a little bit more adventurous with your corporate ensemble

Spice up your work outfit (without breaking the dress code)
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Pictured: Missy Stella founders Sharon Tan (left) and Serina Wee.

Gone are the days when office garb equals stiff dress shirts and plain pencil skirts. Serina Wee, one half of the founding duo of online boutique Missy Stella, has noted a booming trend in corporate wear.

“People are no longer looking for plain go-to-work dresses,” she told us in an interview. “They want something with a twist, something that they can also wear for a night out.”

With this in mind, she and partner Sharon Tan work together to come up with unique pieces that “will bring out something different in each individual”. The process typically starts out with them thinking of what they themselves would wear and how it’ll look on a woman’s silhouette. After that, they play around with different details and fabrics to make the design stand out.

For those who are thinking “Why bother? I’m going to the office, not strutting down a catwalk”, Serina would tell them that everyone owes it to themselves to look and feel good. Besides, this boost in confidence can further motivate you to blaze on at work.

While some working women have it easy (sartorially speaking), others are limited to rigid dress codes that have them looking like they wear the same outfit five days in a row. If you belong in the latter category, here are some simple tips to give your outfit a little fashionable pizzazz, and not have to fear getting an e-mail from HR reminding you about your company’s policies the next day:

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