Dress like Holly Willoughby to make an impact in the office: Power dressing is out, "easy glamour" is in if you want to earn respect

Dress like Holly Willoughby to make an impact in the office: Power dressing is out, 'easy glamour' is in if you want to earn respect

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00:40 GMT, 12 September 2012

If anyone in your office still thinks dressing to impress means wearing low-cut tops and short skirts, then they’re a little behind the times.

Today’s women believe dressing provocatively is the last thing they should do to get ahead at work, according to a survey.

Instead, they favour a more understated look, citing TV presenter Holly Willoughby and actress Emma Watson as the best role models.

Working girl: Holly Willoughby has been voted as women's favourite wardrobe inspiration when dressing for work

Working girl: Holly Willoughby has been voted as women's favourite wardrobe inspiration when dressing for work

In the poll, of 1,000 women, 61 per cent said showing too much cleavage at work was the biggest faux pas.

Fifty-four per cent said wearing
tight miniskirts was the worst way to dress to get a promotion, followed
by excessive make-up, on 51 per cent.

Miss Willoughby topped the poll of workwear role models on 35 per cent, praised for her ‘easy glamour’.

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Calm and collected: 15% of women surveyed said Emma Watson had the best look for the modern British office

Multi-millionaire Hilary Devey who joined Dragons Den

Business personality Karren Brady

Over kill Dragon's Den's Hilary Devey and Apprentice business personality Karen Brady in typical power-dressing outfits

TOP TEN DRESSED WOMEN

1. Holly Willougby (35%)

2. Emma Watson (15%) (15%)

3. Karren Brady (14%)

4. Fearne Cotton (11%)

5. Alexa Chung (7%)

6. Abbey Clancy (6%)

7. Lauren Goodger (5%)

8. Tulisa Contostavlos (3%)

9. Michelle Dewberry (2%)

10. Hilary Devey (1%)

Rather
than the old clich of the 80s where power dressing and revealing looks
to impress male colleagues were all the rage, the findings reveal how
the majority of women want to look like they have not tried too hard – and
wear clothes no different from those worn on nights out with friends.

Perhaps it’s no surprise then that on average women now need just 17
minutes to get ready in the morning – with those in London taking the
longest at 21 minutes.

In
fact, with a more relaxed attitude to what is acceptable in the office,
almost the same number of women said they would struggle to
accept a strict dress code – with a fifth even saying they’d
struggle to continue in their current job if they were told what to
wear.

When it comes to
the most approved of looks, established classics such as the business suit and the pencil skirt still rate highly, while wearing seasonal
colours or a patterned blouse earned the biggest kudos gettng a thumbs up from 77 per cent of office women.

Commenting
on the findings, Julie Donnelly, Head of Womanswear Buying at
Very.co.uk said: 'The office is the new catwalk and fashion doesn’t stop
during office hours.

'Instead of trying to make a power statement or
impress “the boys”, the “easy glamour” exhibited by Holly Willoughby,
individuality and not trying too hard comprise the modern office dress
code – and that can only be a good thing.'