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Appropriate Business Wear for Women in Australia

Australia is known for its blistering summers. So when it comes to business attire for women, it’s important that you not only dress formally but that you are comfortable all day every day. 

On the flip side, during winter, you should have suitable business wear so that you don’t freeze. So when the weather calls for it, you should have the appropriate outfits lined up.

Even if you work in a casual work environment, you will need a smart outfit for meetings, interviews or other formal events. With women thriving in so many different job sectors Down Under, what you wear at your work might differ hugely to that of your friends. Even though it’s known for being laid back, the dynamic business community does call for certain rules of engagement.

So if you are trying to navigate what to wear to your office, here is a list of the best business wear for women working in Australia.

A Smart Shirt/ Blouse

Careers: Accountancy, Marketing & PR, HR, Event Management, Counselor, etc.

Women in business need a staple shirt or blouse. Lightweight and cool, it flatters most when pairedwith a tailored blazer.

Whether you opt for the affordable Target brand (with options that start around the A$27 mark) or push the boat out and treat yourself to a designer shirt, you can easily get a great shirt or blouse that gives off the right impression. 


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A Tailored Blazer

Careers: HR, Event Management, Marketing, Accountancy, etc. 

Following on from the above, it’s a good idea to invest in a smart, tailored blazer. Representing your professionalism, a blazer will make you feel like you can rule the world. 

As with shirts, blazers come in all shapes and sizes. Zara has a fabulous selection of blazers to choose from, starting from A$50 to A$200. Ideal for meetings and work events, a blazer can either be paired with a formal skirt, jeans (if your business is a little more casual), a dress or tailored dacks. 

A tailored blazer is a staple for the most powerful businesswomen in Australia. Wearable throughout the year, it will adapt to the ever-changing climate.

Midi Dress

Careers: HR, Event Management, Marketing, etc. 

During summer, it’s best  to wear a formal and flowy dress, just like a midi dress, so that you don’t overheat. Available in a variety of colours, sizes and prices, there are midi dresses out there that will suit the businesswoman in you. 

Ace it with a pair of heels and you’ll surely turn  heads all day long. The average midi dress has a price ranging from A$89 to A$169.


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Tailored Trousers

Careers: Marketing & PR, Management, Admin, HR, and similar office-based roles.

Tailored trousers ooze sophistication. Ideal for the climate in Oz,  and are perfect with a blazer or formal shirt and shoes. They speak professionalism, are suitable for meetings with clients and every day office wear. 

Ranging in price from A$100 all the way up to A$350, this type of clothing is on the more expensive end. But since they usually last for a good number of years, they are well worth the investment.

Shoes – Flats or Heels?

Careers:

  • Flats: Healthcare, Land and Environment, IT, Construction, etc.
  • Heels: Accountancy, Marketing & PR, HR and similar office-based roles.

If you are working in an office, it’s more flattering to match your outfit with a pair of pair comfortable heels. But if you work in a coffee shop or a more casual work environment where you need to move around a lot, flats are definitely more suitable.

The type of shoe that you should choose would depend on the work attire that you have to wear and what you do in your job. For example, if you attend formal meetings on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of formal shoes.

Work shoes can cost anything from the more affordable A$20 up to $1000 – so depending on what your budget and work environment are, you can spend as little or as much as you want.

Final Thoughts


Although the above-mentioned types of clothes showcase familiar corporate office wear, many offices nowadays are also very open to modern workwear.

Stepping away from the traditional blue and black suits would allow you to show off your personality, whilst still looking professional.

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Stay lovely! All the best!


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Appropriate Business Wear for Women in Australia blog June 2, 2020 January 15, 2020