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Image Consultant Debbie Ibinola presents “The Working Girl” – 7 Looks for 7 Days



Image consultant Debbie Ibinola works with busy working women to overhaul their wardrobes and refresh their style.
With the dry Harmattan season coming to an end and the tropical rainy season beginning in Nigeria, what better time is there for you to go your look a new boost!
We are well aware that many BN readers are dynamic career women with an active lifestyle outside work as well.
Here are 7 Looks for 7 Days illustrated via this photo spread by Debbie Ibinola for Demeanor.
Masculinity meets Feminine Allure:
This season’s strong look calls for major attitude and your highest heels. Lighten the masculine overload like we did with bright red lipstick.
A single-breasted, straight-legged black pant suit like this one is one of the most timelessly elegant and useful pieces a working girl can have in her wardrobe. Petite women should choose a jacket that stops right on their hipline. Large busted women can do without the tie and should make sure the first button of the jacket stops at least an inch below their derriere.
To take this look from day to night, lose the jacket and the tie, roll up the sleeves and wear a bold statement bracelet in either silver or crystals. This combination of tailored style and relaxed restraint is a guaranteed room silencer. Fast-forward Sharon Stone at the 1998 Oscar in “the white shirt”.
(Shirt & Tie – TM Lewin & Nara Camici; Suit – Max Mara; Shoes – Christian Louboutin)

Bright Future:
Turn up the intensity in pure undiluted poster paint neon colours. Fresh from the runway fearlessly mixed potent hues to lighten up your mood. This trend is not for the Lilly livered!
To pull this off, do not wear not more than three colours at a time. For this look blue shoes would have worked as well (if your work place doesn’t have a strict dress code, then you’re in luck).
Slim ladies can easily rock this trend and colour block; as long as your body parts are proportioned you should be fine.
If you’re a curvy lady or have a large bust, you can choose a dark bright colour in  a matte fabric, neon brights like this yellow will only attract attention to the wrong places.
Petite ladies also have to be careful with this trend, if not done right, colour blocking might not complement your frame. A solid block colour dress is perfect, and like this picture use your accessories as the other colour blocks.
To take this look from day to night, pair with silver loop earrings and a gold or blue clutch for your best friend’s after work birthday cocktail event.
(Yellow dress – Grey; Purple shoes – Steve Madden)

Optical Abstract with a Luxe Vibe:
Nothing says sexy like replacing a camisole or shirt with a corset inside a jacket (think Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty). This look is best if your hair is pulled to the back, braided or simply pulled away from the face. The white and black jacket is paired with a black classic pencil skirt, it’s savvy, sexy, asserts femininity and power. The pencil skirt suits most body shapes. However, if you have a large bust and smaller hips, this can make you took out of proportion  – In this case, the corset should be replaced by a camisole. The jacket on the other suits all body shapes.
To take this look from day to night. Friday night cocktail party; lose the jacket and accessorise with a bright coloured clutch and bracelet. Don’t forget to let your hair down.
(Jacket, Corset, Skirt – Bebe from Gavy’s Couture; Neckpiece – Ted Baker; Shoes – Charles Jordan)

Native Charm meets Modern-day Chic:
This look is flirty and fun. The skirt and belt is bright coloured so we balanced it up with a white button down blouse and beige shoes. To rock this look make sure the top is either a black or white monotone, even a slim T-shirt and a pair of ballet flats or flat sandals would do if you want to make it less dressy.
If petite, emphasise your waist with a medium sized belt, keep the length right above the knee and pair with heels. Taller women can pull it off with ballet flats or flat sandals. This look flatters most figures from the hour glass to the boyish figure.
Take this look from day to night by pairing the skirt with a black corset top, hoop earrings and bronze or black patent leather would work just fine.
(Ankara skirt & accessories – Ituen Basi; Shoes – Christian Louboutin from Profile Pad)

Tangerine Fresh:
There’s nothing as refreshing as a burst of citrus either as a cocktail or in fashion. This tangerine orange dress was paired with brown shoes and subtle feminine accessories. This is the perfect dress to wear to work when you know you have a sizzling hot date coming up after 5pm. At work, pair with a fitted black blazer.
This dress has got ribbed horizontal lines from top to bottom and is ideal for ladies with proportionate body parts and hour glass shapes in a more fluid fabric. One of the requirements for wearing this dress is a flat abdomen (This can be achoeved with the help of Spanx or other body defining undergarment)
To take this dress from day to night – wear as it is and pair with gold chandelier earrings and a gold coloured clutch.
(Tangerine dress – Grey; Shoes – Christian Louboutin from Profile Pad)

feminine+minimal = feminimalism. This is the trend that proves less is definitely more. The perfect way to refresh your wardrobe palette this season. It could come in whites or creams. It calls for understated accents, hair, makeup and accessories should be kept fuss free. We used the night time look eye makeup to add a bit of an edge to it.
This shift will suit both tall and petite ladies. Should be worn with good undergarment because of fabric texture. Both hour glass and boyish body shapes can pull it off.
(Dress – Ejiro Amos Tafiri; Shoes – Charles Jordan)

First Lady of Fashion:
Be in tune with this season’s ladylike trend which is elegant luxurious and utterly modern. Channel your inner Michelle Obama. Can be worn with a black blazer at work.
(Dress – Grey; Shoes – Christian Louboutin)

Photography: Oladipo Oladapo
Makeup: TinTin
Styling: Debbie Ibinola for Demeanor (image/style consultants, reputation/crisis management)
Location: Demeanor

Debbie Ibinola, CEO of Demeanor, an image/style consulting company. Demeanour also offers reputation/crisis management services.


  1. Someone

    April 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Just want to be first

    • chi

      April 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

      and you are, well done Darling. Would bring you back candies on my way home! Lol

  2. TERMS

    April 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    not bad…


    • Someone

      April 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Not quite. I just took pole position.

  3. Ronnie's Jeans

    April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Well done then…!

  4. enye

    April 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm


  5. Oge

    April 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    love it!!!

  6. Bukky

    April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    some of these are too revealing for work….

    • Soniya

      April 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      I AGREE, especially that white dress where she’s sitting. It’s too risky. And there’s too much cleavage in that luxe look. I don’t go to work to get “that” kind of attention. Women should go to work and get noticed for their brains not boobs!

      The hair, make-up and accessories are really nice.

    • Adjoa

      April 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      PlEASE the white one is not revealing and the cleavage you can pull it up. They are just giving you ideas of what to wear. Yes women should be noticed for their brains and not boobs, but why can’t we do that looking good. Nothing wrong with what I see

    • Ginika

      April 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

      She is sitting for crying out loud and the chair doesnt help. I bet the dress is just above her kness. The black and white showing cleavage can be pulled up but if you dont feel comfortable, dont wear it; if you re flat chested and not busty then you can pull it off without too much attention.

      All in all I like; especially the white dress and the blue ankara dress with a white upper part. The yellow and the orange, i will wear.

  7. juanita

    April 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This is lovely and classy. I her colour conbinations. Our Nigerian celebrities really need image consultants cos most of them are badly dressed and cant relate well in public.
    Nice one babes.

  8. hmmm

    April 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Nice collections but the pictures do not do the collection justice. The shoes are not show in most pictures so the essence of the outfit is somewhat lost

  9. Miss A.T.L.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I totally loved everything about this spread! The clothes are wearable – and anybody can find similar pieces in their closets! This makes me want to dress up to work 🙂

    • samuel

      April 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm


  10. missy

    April 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Loving her outfit. This chic has got it going. Nigerian celebrities take note and do contact her 4 styling cos most of u re badly dressed. e.g O, I, M ….HAHAHAHHAHA

  11. D.O.T.M.H.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm


  12. Noe

    April 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Amazing work!!! Styling at its finest…

    • ebangha nkwanyuo

      April 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Good work.some women need these tips

  13. ugo

    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    really? only the first one seems borderline passable for a work outfit, but hey.. that’s just my opinion… why should someone want their boobs all out at work?

    • chi

      April 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Ugo, absolutely! Even the first, hey who really wears a tie to work! Satin shoes, peep toes, too much color etc. These are definitely not work pieces

    • lola

      April 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Contrary to you opinions, people do wear all these things to work.. Not everyone is in the straight jacket world of financial services.

    • veev

      April 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      my thots exactly!i wonder were the chic works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. OGE

    April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    lovely lovely outfits. love them all.

  15. Biodun

    April 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Nice collection and direction.

  16. Miss Tilii

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I love White. White is the best for any home office. I cant wait to start my Home and Office Decor Blog for Africa (i need to get that DLSR) – i utterly love white (i guess cos i am a neat freak). These photos are stunning – its saids a lot.

    • chi

      April 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Home office, you use it like you just learnt a new word!!!!!!

  17. jessica

    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I love the location! really nice. the dresses are chic, cute, and contemporary. i like the tangerine dress, and that masculine look is sooooo hot. those purple shoes, damn! I like!

  18. YeahIsaidit

    April 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Invest in a better website – which is active. Africans businesses still dont understand the importance of having the great website for your business. First impression counts. I wont go back to that site again.

  19. Oppystic Osiyemi Mayungbe

    April 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Lovely dresses,lovely combination dear …Thumb up.

  20. tinkerbabybella

    April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    cute stuff, but no one would really dress like that to work unless they are an image consultant.

    • ziariz

      April 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

      contrary to what you think , guys in Telecomms industry can and do dress like this The colors are fantastic n the shoes r gorgeous

  21. Mee...

    April 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    simply sophiticated , i luv….

  22. kenny

    April 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    most of the outfit here are to casual for the office environment,only the 1st could be worn to the office.

  23. Iya2

    April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Kudos for helping out the curvy chicks!
    Last few items are NOT suitable for work unless of course you are a bank …#$%^

  24. **side eye**

    April 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Wow…..really nice. I love the ideas. I need to be smart and sexy for work. great combo. Well done.

  25. jojo

    April 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Wooowww! nice combo…i luv

  26. BAVA

    April 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely piece…equally unique

  27. chewunski

    April 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Ў☺ΰ rock babes……. All fabulous me likeyyyyyy

  28. Naj

    April 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Yawzer…working in this office may not be easy oh…distraction be what? Hotness and chic. Nicely done I must say.

  29. Aniekan Ekah

    April 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    cute color mix, splendid pictures!

  30. lolabuttons

    April 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I love every bit of her collections. She’s not a banker, she’s an image consultant, therefore “STYLE” is the language. Go girlllllllllllllllllllll. You ROCK!!!

  31. dewowo

    April 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    all on point. appreciates the details on body shapes to fit … makes sense!

  32. Tyna

    April 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm


  33. fabulous

    April 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    why are some people here writing that some of this clothes aint wearable to office?pls try visiting offices like oando,sahara,ppmc to name a few..this concept is beautiful.

  34. zeezaa

    April 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    The corset with the suit…….inappropriate for work.All that boobage is distracting.

    And bright colors and color combinations may not work in most Nigerian Offices.

    Overall,nice try.


  35. Hali

    April 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Love the yellow dress.

    • trendyhajia

      April 8, 2011 at 3:31 am

      me too

  36. Kechy

    April 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    only in Naija offices, try conservative banking spaces…..and see if tehy won’t kick you out!
    All this hair sha!

  37. Jelly

    April 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Now i know why am always on this site! just the wardrobe awakened that i needed 🙂

  38. Bolatito

    April 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I like look 3, Fav

  39. bee

    April 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Nice job…luv it guess dis is wat most celeb nid..
    @ugo N̸̸̨̨ chi..watz so revealing in d outfits??believe me whn I say d outfits re
    good 4 jobs..before u make comments b sure u got an idea.. don’t condemn ppl job
    Nice combo

  40. Daygee

    April 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Really really nice outfits,I love d combinations. Good job gal!!!
    Da enlightened ones wld know d outfits fits d purposes u described em 4

  41. jtk

    April 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    i love it! esp the yellow and native outfit

  42. lovely b

    April 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Cooperate,hot,sweet and sexy.go girlfriend.

  43. El Bee

    April 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Umm I would love to know where the people who love this collection work o!
    Too much cleavage…too short!
    They’re all cute BUT not suitable for MOST jobs, except you want to get fired sha…

    • Tiki

      April 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

      This is not meant to be a ‘copycat’ scenario! If the cleavage is too much, wear a top which offers more coverage! or a longer dress, or flats, as heels make a dress look shorter. In fact, this is supposed to be an inspiration, not a Style Bible!sheesh! all u haters are doing is showing that u have no originality, and are just waiting for someone to tell you exactly how to dress!

  44. Chibaby

    April 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Lovely… My style minus the last one.

  45. Milk

    April 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    You can’t really wear these to work…especially not a bank!

  46. deee

    April 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    All you haters with small minds would be suprised that there are loads of offices where people dress like this…besides this person is a stylist, is she supposed to wear a carpenter made suit? I think the idea behind it is nice anyways.

  47. Ada

    April 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    i love the yellow dres with the purple shoes but is that allowed in the office though?

    • mike

      April 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

      Depends on the kind of work/office.


    April 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    My God!!!! TinTin!!!!! U did a great job, u have grown in leaps and bonds!!!! It’s ur girl Bussy from camp! Will ping u now!

  49. me myself nd i

    April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    which office do you wear outfit number 2,

  50. Nnenna

    April 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    If I wear that white outfit to work and my boss/colleagues start hitting on me…errrm can I shout sexual harassment…HELL NO…IM PRACTICALLY BEGGING FOR IT….HISS!

    • Deola

      April 8, 2011 at 12:41 am


    • The Truth

      April 8, 2011 at 4:25 am

      Wow! Chick, i can’t believe u acutally think like that, like seriously WTH???? So a superior harrasing his surbodinate can justify his actions because the victim showed up in an outfit considered “provocative” right??? Awaken thy mind dear and join us in the 21st century!

      And contrary to what u might think lady, no one “begs” to be sexually harrased at work, i couldn’t care less even if she (and i say “she” because 9 times out of 10, women are always on the receiving end of such actions) showed up to work – naked, that gives NO ONE the audacity to harrass her in the name of inappropriate dressing. My heart goes out to u dear, cuz u sound repressed, and its about time u know your worth.

    • AJ

      April 10, 2011 at 4:45 am

      At the same time our first impressions and appearance do carry a lot of meaning. I think all the outfits chosen are nice but some of them are way too much for the work place. Now if you work in a fashion industry, yes by all means. But for the corporate world, there has to be a lot of toning down. Having a male as my workmate, sharing our office space at my job, I learnt a lot about how one’s dressing can send the wrong message and I mean a lot. Trust me when you here a male’s opinion about dressing in such manner, you would be very conscious about the message your dressing is putting out. I believe you can dress conservatively and still look very classy and respectable and not look like you are about to hit the club. And just because one wants to dress conservative does not mean they don’t know their worth or they need to step into the new era. If you know how much you are worth already then you don’t need to let a little extra out to prove the point. Less is more in my own opinion but to each is own!

    • Sincere

      April 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      You are a joker if you think what you wear doesn’t affect how people treat and respond to you!!! It’s just human nature we rely too much on what our eyes tell us, sad but true.

    • **side eye**

      April 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

      Really?? Because you assert your femininity, you think ANYONE has a right to harass you? No dear, they don’t!!!! Truth is most of these outfits work with our corporate environment today. Maybe not banks but go see Aunty Betty Irabor at work and a few other serious minded fashionable women who understand packaging. Step into the era luvy…..smh

    • Tiki

      April 8, 2011 at 11:01 am

      This is a very backward comment, and it’s thinking like this which makes rape and sexual harassment victims cringe in shame and refuse to report…

    • ciro2obi

      April 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      my dear Nnenna, i think u miss the point she’s trying to make. shes actually addressing the female ‘power’ CEO’s . they are usually out to hunt down any guy that stands on their way to the top.

    • Daisy

      April 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      How backward

  51. TruthTeller

    April 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I’ve gotta agree with those that think some of the outfits are a bit revealing (picture 3 especially,then 2 is slightly short) however,she’s really beautiful and sure has a way of throwin’ ’em peices together.Nice one,but trust me,this won’t work for most Northern states (except photo 1,that I LOVE!!!) the others could be for dress down days.

  52. Miss-cRaZy

    April 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    ^^….WOW!!! Beautiful….lovely everything.

  53. Jiii

    April 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I say nay to the 3rd picture!..

  54. Asin

    April 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    As in what job are you talking about? If corporate or law, then surely, smarter clothes are expected. And also, different work environments dictates what you wear to work. I think the balance is just not there. Overly done! there has to be a subtle elegance to it. And if you wore this work, people will wonder if you were trying to show off or something, and no, you will not be taking seriously. I know my chickens as my boss would say!

  55. Vyvyka

    April 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Hey Debbie! you are doing what you are cut out for. Good job!

  56. Chinaeyes

    April 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    @yeahisaidit for real? I just checked it out and it was ok to me Kai Nigerians must always beeeeff shaaaaaaaa

  57. jada

    April 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    If anyone here is educated enough to read, I noticed she said if your working place has a flexible dress code…personally I  every single look and I’m smart enough to know that I dont have to wear them all to work

  58. Aijay

    April 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Nice one here. But the attention it will command no go easy at all. It is definitely for the bold and daring.

  59. fatima

    April 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I so agree with … its not everybody that is in the serious straight jacket world of financial service. i love d ist to d last outfit. colors are very essential when it comes to a woman’s wardrobe and its bin used appropriately and moderately. moderate is classy… go gurl…

  60. love

    April 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    she’s am image designer not a pastor… all the outfits can be worn to work. it all depends on your line of work…. you have got style miss Deborah Ibinola. i love all the pictures especially the 2nd one with the purple shoes. its amazing. i love d color combination. i like…

  61. simbiat

    April 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    i love your style. i love the pictures, all of them…you are classy.

  62. Sylvia

    April 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Nice one gurl, very trendy great ideas uve got!
    Wonderful piece, good styling…

  63. asmi

    April 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Lovely,classy….i love all the outfits,so gorgeous..all that matters is be comfortable in every take- perfect!! not over the top for loving the shoes!! rock girl…

  64. diva

    April 8, 2011 at 6:05 am

    i love the looks

  65. na wa o

    April 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

    u nor fit plz everybodi o. na bad belle pple na e ful here o. all the clots fine well well. una no dey read? she say if ur workin place dey flexible… she no say u fit wear am if u dey work for bank. Nigerians….u say she too open body..wetin make she wear(iro ati buba and gele) kai…if u no wan expose ur own, u fix wear a higher neck na. e dey simple. u go improvise. I like wetin u wear for all ur pixs jare, dat mins i fit dress up to work and luk sexy and professional. i like u gannnn…

  66. mofe

    April 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

    So up to dats,simply gorgeous outfits…what’s da fun if your clothes don’t make any statement,but you can choose to be boring!! you rock girl,and for me i would like to get tips on how to pull off a perfect jean outfit to work….cos iam soo loving your style…keep rocking!!

  67. Ifeoma-adiagwuagwu

    April 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I like 🙂 Well done

  68. ugbaby

    April 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

    beautiful outfits, color combination, make up, style- purrrrfect!! and as fr all ye little minded peeps, wear wht u can wear to whrever it is ur working, be it on d ‘streets’, in d market, wherever.. nobdy is forcing any of ds beautiful outfits on u! hissssss!!!!

  69. $poh

    April 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Hey debbie nice one, thumbs up! Your bunky in camp…….. muah

  70. tatianna

    April 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Well done debbie! You have done so well dear. I advise people, to please read the article and understand what she is trying to say before judging her. She made it clear that this may not be applicable to all working places. But just giving an idea of what, you can wear to work . Debbie darling, you rock dear!xxx

  71. dee

    April 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Nice collection, i love every bit of it.

  72. TZ

    April 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Great information that we all need, you are doing so well, keep it up, God’s grace.

  73. Bimbietohbahd!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Good ideas ere,keep it up.Dis is called packaging!!step in n set mind blowing.Carriage matters alot.

  74. Meeee

    April 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I quite liked some of the looks but even a blazer cannot hide the fact that the tangerine dress is very tight fitted and short. It is a cocktail dress for chrissakes! If you have a date after 5pm, put it in your handbag and change afterwards. Maybe I am a prude but it looks inappropriate for a corporate environment. Maybe in more relaxed office like fashion/ PR.


    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Yeah and then your boss will start to harass you. lol

  76. wealthyone

    April 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    They are nice, she is creative, but we all really have to work hard, now its fun cos its our time, no one is crying about revealing clothes, because we are the ones wearing it, one thing I am certain of is that we have lost our culture and style the E NEWS hasn’t helped us at all, the way we all dress now, all in the name of being fly, later we cry that there are no good men, dressing says a lot, i wont join the bandwagon to be stupidly sexy, i can look hot in a subtle, classy chic way. ladies lets close up a little bit, it wont burn us period, i am not biased, i am a super hot babe, when i was in my teens, my friends will tease me that, if they were half as pretty as me they will walk half naked to show it off, probably because my skirts were always at my knees level, they preferred it when it’s shorter. our kids are watching and might want to prove a point like us, if not more. a true life story i experienced at the airport, which i think is not bad, but our life style affects our society, a lady walked into the airport in Nigeria, a little girl and her mum who was sitting next to me, started arguing out loud, so the mum asked for my opinion, that her daughter is not happy because she stopped her from wearing a short dress to the airport, that her mum should look at that lady looking nice, so her mum said, the lady is an adult and can take care of her self, this is a 13yrs old girl then, they quarreled like they were mate at the airport another lady, who just returned from Canada, had to intervene, telling her mum to send the girl abroad, so she can live alone, meaning if the girl is giving her stress, she should send her to school far away, that she hates stressful kids, Now you will wonder what’s ones business with another person’s kid. i mean we all watched music videos and see how our own videos have taken a new turn too. Another experience was at Silverbird cinema, an old woman had to help the little girl pull up her bump-short, without the girl’s permission, she was upset when she saw the girl in the rest room, it was funny, the young girl couldn’t talk. I am not being judgmental, we have body power, it moves people when we dress super hot, but it doesn’t send good messages or maintain good relationships , its the hard truth, i have been guilty too, so its a collective effort from all of us alive for tomorrow.

  77. nikky minaj

    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    if you think you should be judged and harras sexually cos of wat u wear den i have noting to say to you. i work in lagos and i can totally wear all dose collections to my office and guess wat… i ll be complimented for looking good

  78. ogg

    April 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    where are the shoes??

  79. Amaka fingesi

    April 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I luv, really beautiful

  80. toriola

    April 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I guess it all depends on where you work…i can’t roll up to my ogas office in any of those…

    • omada

      April 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      so trueeeeeee…….

  81. lighton

    April 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    i cn do A MUCH beta STYLING….trymi 🙂

  82. Nekkienekxx

    April 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I think they are nicely selected, but i doubt many of our working environments support most of the dress-codes as put-up there. The only ones i think are highly practicable are the “Masculinity meets Feminine Allure” and “Optical Abstract with a Luxe Vibe”….. On the whole, very nice ensemble!

  83. nikky minaj

    April 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    pls anyone know how and where i can pick the yellow dress? am practically drooling over it.

  84. veronica

    April 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    OMG! The style is really nice, i like the fact that she’s thinking outside the BOX and the office is looks cool to, i like to see young people making good with themselves. But seriously you people should get real, how can you even tell if the orange dress is a cocktail dress or not from that picture? Some comments are just plain silly whats all the negativity about…why cant we nigerians “women” especially appreciate one anthers progress? This lady is a young entrepreneur and is obviously doing quite well. Did anybody bother to check out the location or are you guys so green with envy that you didn’t bother to notice the classy looking office background or do you thin it was photoshoped? She’s the CEO of Demeanor and that was the location, meaning? That is her chic office you are seeing there, well i’ve already sent them a mail to enquire about their services and costs etc.

  85. TOMI

    April 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    CEO TOH BAAAADD!!! my former classmate see how far you’ve come, the style is really chic especially the ugly betty mention lol. Nice one jor bone the haters they are probably out of jobs anyways.

  86. Abiodun

    April 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Can i get some consulting in my office, the ladies here are not sexy at all. I could use some cleavage to brighten up my day

    • Sincere

      April 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm


    • L.Python

      April 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

      Lol! I cosign you on that. But seriously, if I had to do business with two different but very capable parties, I think I would turn down the party with the cleavage – just to be sure my boner is in no way interfering with my shrewd business sense. All these females screaming blue murder should really tone down on their dressing whether financial services or advertizing – like some-one said earlier, you really want to be known for your brains, not your boobs.

  87. lighton

    April 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I can do a MUCH beta STYLING………..trymi 🙂

    • Smeyes

      April 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      @lighton and yet some else is up there instead of you? Mschewwww you can be all that then.

    • partyrider

      April 9, 2011 at 1:41 am

      park well joor

  88. Uchechi

    April 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Well well, appearance matters a lot. My advice, wear the right clothes for the right occasions. Good start debbie!

  89. chuby

    April 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Nice one this so cool, I like the whole collection and the style suggestions, the red tie look is so sexy you really need some major attitude for it.

  90. Daisy

    April 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Please who knows where demeanor is in Lagos,my boss is interested their site didn’t come up properly on my bb I’m guessing it’s not phone friendly or something

  91. nephetiti

    April 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    not bad. however, i think the yellow dress is a tad too bright for work. again. however, i guess it depends on where you work and how high up you are, cos some people at the bottom of the food chain can definitely not get away with anything that bright AND big. the ankara-skirt-look is nice, but maybe for a friday. again tho, it depends on where you work. the make up is quite nice.

  92. collins

    April 9, 2011 at 2:07 am

    where is she i want to marry her.

  93. eloho

    April 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

    i absolutely loves all these!

  94. Timma

    April 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Lovely collections,I love this.This is just to give us ideas, we are to pull it off ourselves. Well done!

  95. misstee

    April 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    nice especially d backdrop.

  96. loungechic

    April 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Nice and stylish workwear tips! Makes me wanna hit the office!

  97. muna

    April 10, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I do not see the practicality of these outfits in a work place. Yes, they are beautiful, we all agree but we must remember that there must be a distinction between work wear and casual wear, hence the title ‘work wear’. Also, why should we use the fashion or entertainment industry as a yard stick for the majority of corporate environment. That for me is what I find exceptionally backward. Yes, I have been to the Oandos and the PHBs and seen girls strutting round in six inch heels in the middle of a very busy Monday afternoon. For me, its just a stupid reflection of the ‘keeping up with Jones’ syndrome that has plagued our country. We all agree that one should be smartly dressed, but I would definitely not be wearing those six inch Louboutins with the knee length Ankara skirt any time soon nor the red dress , which looks more suitable for the end of the year Christmas party. My opinion is this, if you cannot wear on the day of the interview for that job, it should not be worn at all.
    PS. All of you commenting on how backward the girl is, very much know the reality of the society. My wearing a corset to work in Nigeria would warrant an excuse for harassment in mind of the average pot-bellied company director and I’m sure that is not news to majority of you. This however, doe not suggest it to be right

  98. tanya

    April 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Thank you Ms. Ibinola for the free consult (well done). Personally i can’t wait to revamp my work look . Ladies no one said you should copy paste, she is merely suggesting different looks to which you can make slight alterations to suit your industry. I am a firm believer that a woman can look great and still hold her own in the boardroom.

  99. Lola NYC

    April 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    The outfits are great but can the average working girl in Nigeria afford it? Louboutins are great but they are not exactly affordable, just saying…but great concept overall, would love to see the price tags on these though

    • chi

      April 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

      ehm, where are the Louboutins in the photos??? Girls, not all red heeled shoes you see are Louboutins o! even the designer is starting to sue people for making red heeled shoes!

  100. RMG

    April 11, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I have a HUGE problem with people that consider other people with contrary opinions sa “haters”.Like it or not,the boobs are a great distraction.Would you go to see the president like that or if you dress like that you’re confined to your offie space and limited to seeing certain people ? please, everyone’s entitled to their opinion.truth is these outfits are indeed beautiful but inappropriate for many offices and since it’s nigeria we’re talking of here, let’s get real! length and exposure are criterias,incase y’all don’t know. (except your office is desperate by all means to market young ladies at the expense of their dignity to get money) great outfits, but not for MOST nigerian offices….

  101. Nana Nasiru

    April 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    One thing for sure, it takes a lot of confidence to pull this outfits, I soooooo love the office arrangement!

  102. Dazzle

    April 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    These are some gorgy looks but they are not really work appropraite to the average woman. Perhaps if you are a stylist or a designer or just any entertainment related sector. I work with 90% men and regular clothing is enough distraction for them

  103. Dazzle

    April 11, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I would wear this if I worked as a style editor for a fashion mag or if I was an image consultant, or if I ran my own business( and it even depends on what I do) secondly I want to be perceived in my place of work as a smart and intelligent woman and I want to be taken seriously.

    Thirdly how do I rock these styles as a Network engineer! the guys I work with will have a filled day!
    My verdict : there are styles everyone can wear to work regardless of what you do! this collection is certainly not for 98% of women in typical 9ja organizations

  104. sclasy

    April 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

    brilliant office outfit…wot abt may?

  105. Jane Doe

    April 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

    black, red, white and Christian Louboutin-g, White, black and Christian Louboutin-k, veritable wax print, yellow and Christian Louboutim-e.. Now I really got to thank my Boss for showing me this, looove it! Now if only i could remember who he said thise were for hmmn, iiii think he said “dynamic or busy career women ” true talk but does he really pay me that much?..

  106. Dee Gurl

    April 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Nice but too revealing for me

  107. haity

    April 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    @ Tiki, i agree with you on the fact that most of the styles are not meant to be copied exactly as shown here, you can choose to tone it down a bit. these are just ideas!

  108. juanita

    April 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    @daisy try opening the website on a computer. their office is in lekkie phase 1.

  109. dee

    April 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    @ veronica, please tell them again and again !!!

  110. ikblack

    April 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    these clothes are nice but not the type you wear to some places of work….unlesss na u be d oga..kpatakpata

  111. Jollof Rice

    April 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Please where can Grey clothing be found? Thanks!

  112. hummer

    April 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    So fellas there is no need to hate or get angry at what the other person thinks. We all have different lights under which we see and this reveals different shades and angle on matter to different people.
    On a broad perspective why is our corporate not so incoporative of our tradition. That ankara is beautiful and quite modern to be worn to work. But we naijas, Hoping to become the next western hemisphere in Africa!!!

    Logically and Biologically our psychology reacts to stimulation, if a man or woman appears provocative in action we tend to react, most times with like reaction – if someone provokes you, you get angry. Likewise if someone triggers you sexual arousal you get aroused. It’s only sad that some people go as far as to harass the other party. This is where civility has to counter sentimental / animalistic behaviors. However this is not to say that the other party should provoke in the first place.

    Overall every work place has limits and instructions on what and what cannot be worn to work. So if the work place okays #2, #3, #5 and #6. Then by all standards it’s okay. Sometimes feminity means revealing…goodbye to Victorian :). I mean even back in the days – and I mean real back traditional attires consisted of mini skirts and a stretch of robe that just wrapped around the woman’s breast; thus revealing all thigs and down ward, belly and above breast. It wasn’t deemed as slutty or sexually indicative.
    The Victorian influence modified all these and created more awkward sexual awareness. Good but self destructive as well.

    Lastly I am for feminity, modesty, traditional and beautiful. All which can be combined and made beautiful too.
    To all my ladies, take pride in what you got I love Ya all. 🙂 🙂
    I’m a dude by the way.

  113. hummer

    April 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Lastly I am just concerned about “homeliness” sorry for that word but it explains what I am trying to put out. Most of the designer she even has on there are they Nigerian of foreign? They sound a lot like some foreign names to me. If the are I am really disappointed. She has the page and platform on which to carry our Nigerian designers and make them known and respected. I hope she does.
    If my assumption is wrong… my bad.

  114. Missy

    April 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Am so inluv wit these pictures. I kip viewing dem ova n ova again. Thumbs up Debbie.

  115. Damsel

    April 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Please don’t forget we have corporate casual environment in Nigeria here too.Though I think some are way overboard like the boobs but for the short gown it depends on how comfortable you are have seen girls with skirts like that in Banks

  116. honey

    April 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Gbam! another Covenant graduate has done it again!A place where beauty and brain grow. Debbie you go girl!!!! Just last week we had Dipo release his album. Debbie good job darling am proud of you. your website is also lovely! Good job. I wish you well. be blessed.

  117. lustre

    April 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

    is dat bella in d last pic?

  118. chi

    April 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    very boring clothes, I personally wouldnt wear any of it! t

  119. Betty

    April 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    i love nos 4 and six.i would never ever do cleveage to the office though and anything above mid knee is just too much for professionalism.i would also think twice before doing sleeveless to the office though.I think where one works plays a huge role.Otherwise kudos.i m just about ready to pull out my Ankara nd copy that skirt!kudos

  120. Bisola

    April 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Actually , while most of them do look stylish, they aren’t exactly what i would expect as work pieces. I was expecting pieces that would be easy to put together, chic yet …. effortless. These, I’m sorry to say look like they require too much effort but hey thatz just my opinion anyways

  121. Shola B

    April 14, 2011 at 4:29 am

    This looks are chic and cute but they are not for average girl, it should be a little bit more down to earth yet fashionable and on trend!
    I will like to show how to use only 7 wardrobe essential items to create more than 1o outfits. Talk about affordable fashion for the everyday lady…in this economy, it will go a long way!!!

  122. Sandra

    April 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    The only thing that is making some people belive that these outfits are work appropriate is because these photos were taken in an office. These clothes if worn at a wedding or church would be more appropriate. No one is trying to be backwards, old fashioned or rigid, but there are more creative ways to style-up your work look. Unless you are working in a highly creative enviroment, you own your own fashion house or you are a magazine editor, then these clothes have no place in the work place. Plain and simple.

    • monica aromire

      April 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Absolutely Sandra, couldn’t agree with you more ! Please see my comments, dated 18th April.

  123. anyone

    April 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    You guys can like to catch feelings a lot tho! They are not saying you should wear the exact same thing to work, they are only suggestions… If the dress is too short, wear flats to make it look shorter, if the top is too revealing, substitue it for something else. If you dont like any of them, thats fine too, but dont start yarning dust! Chai!

  124. ciro2obi

    April 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    hey u got it going on girl. i admire ur taste n sense of style, a Christian Louboutin shoe is just the way to go. i can imagine this entire 7 days wardrobe is for a million dollar a year company CEO thats seriously on top of her game.

  125. monica aromire

    April 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Whilst it’s a good thing that we are up there with FASHIONISTA

  126. monica aromire

    April 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Whilst it’s a good thing that we are up there with FASHIONISTA, I think sometimes we can get it OH SO WRONG. All the working outfits photographed is just not right for a typical working class lady. We must remember that whilst we appreciate the African Voluptuousness (albeit she has cornered only the size zero in this shoot) , we must maintain a sense of professionalism and keep our curves in check in the working area. For exmple the white skirt suit with the open clevage, what impression does that give a high profiled professional lady/woman. The Red cocktail dress with pearls draped round the neck (or at least I think they are pearls) is it working time or cocktail time ?. Not to mention the yellow (is that meant to be a maternity outfit ?) slightly above knee level, tooooo bright in colour , would have been better off as a classy maternity cocktail wear, and one more to point out, the very skinny tight trousers which look like black jeans on dress down days, with the very thin red tie , how are you able to breathe after a client lunch and you have to attend the next board meeting, without having to suck in your stomach ! Nooo i think Debbie Ibinola needs to quickly revaluate her design outfits for the “Nigerian Working Class Girl” and bless her try to get it right. Otherwise dressing up somewhat provocative in her area of the working class design might give the WRONG IMPRESSION . At this our very stage of FASHIONISTA , we should be able to differentiate our outfits for working class, cocktail, casual, etc.
    Bless her , Good Luck Debbie.

    • felicia

      April 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      wow Monica as much as i totally disagree with you and your ideas, your comments seem rather heart felt and personal…do you know her personally? If yes i suggest you call her up and spare the rest of us obvious signs of grudges.

  127. Adiya

    April 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Lovely!! And she’s so pretty

  128. juliet

    April 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Image consultant, bad one,bright colors to the office in hot Nigerian weather plessssssssss Debbie Ibinola get ourself good workers like me,these are evening, party, cocktail outfits.who wear long tie these days red in that matter to the office.ladies plssssss don’t, is a no no.i wear short one on Tuesday to the office.

  129. sotonye green

    April 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

    i like the ankara outfit, it’s cute and can go with any body type. the whyte and black outfit is cute as well but shows too much cleavage. will luke much beta if pulled up a bit.

  130. torex

    April 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    please what’s da name of the weavon? please i nid da name urgently

  131. tintin

    June 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

    thanks busola. i would so wear these to work anyday, it just defines who u are. and if it makes or boosts your confidence, why not?

  132. temi

    October 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Now its obvious why nigerian females are treated like dogs. Secondly, people are giving their candid opinion, which I believe everyone has a right to. The most of the outfits are pretty but looks a bit too desperate for a work place. You are doing great stuff but if you are an image consultant, you really need to look into how these outfits portray these ladies. All the best dear….

  133. Ms JK

    October 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    See guys..
    Its ok to dress all skirt-suited or trouser-panted to work everyday. U’d look just like every normal worker.

    Buh u see, cos that’s not my style, I dress like this to work everyday, and evryone wants to kno if I shop myself or someone buys for me or where I buy my clothes, which I actually buy anywhere!! I think u’d agree that’s positive.

    I’ve tried the first look, though with visible loop earrings and a 50s style inspired pony tail cos my boobs are small and I didn’t wann look like I just had a trans-gender surgery. If u think the look is too manly, u can try it with a white sleeveless like d one in look 4.

    I’d neva wear look 2, cos I’m slim and it doesn’t just fit me. A large patterned fabric (like ankra), slightly longer, with bright coloured shoes works perfectly though.

    And except u r the CEO or the HR/Compliance Manager, you must neva show this much cleavage as in look 3 cos if u don’t meet ur targets or u mess up at a meeting, it will be linked to how much cleavage u’ve shown in the past.

    For look 5, I’d definitely wear mine slightly longer and might wear an accessory for the neck (optional).

    All in all, the hair, make up and accessories are perfectly complimentary to the dress styles.

    Meanwhile, these styles are ONLY for those who are good at their jobs and do their tasks well NOT newcomers who haven’t found their footings or brainless bimbos who don’t do anything right.

    Also, those mandated to wear black or brown or gray suits all week could invest in some bright colored shoes and bags…u’d feel chic-kier and have more poise.

    NB: I work in an oil company where our dresscode is “stylish” but “not revealing”.

    Thanx for the suggestions, Debbie.

    Winxx, JK.

  134. Ijay

    February 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I can’t believe People are criticizing what she’s putting on. If u think its inappropriate, wear yours and lets see………………….

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