Honing in on your job’s dress code will not only help you appropriately dress for your office, but a powerful professional wardrobe can also lead you down the path to success. What you wear can have just as much of an effect as what you do for success. it may seem daunting but it can be conquered with these few simple tips:
Seasonal change is the perfect time to hit the pause button and get inspired! Make the time to flip through magazines, head downtown, surf the web, and get inspired by the natural style reset that presents itself.
Pick Your Path
Get clear on the season’s style cues that emotionally resonate with you. Not all trends are for all people and that’s OK. Find what works for you.
Claim Your Color Crushes
Color is one of the easiest ways to update one’s wardrobe and yet it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. Two rules of thumb:
- Know your neutral. Rooting your wardrobe in the neutral that best suits you will help to optimize versatility. Black not for you? Maybe you are more of a grey, brown or navy blue person. Whatever it is, – claim it!
- Same goes for seasonal colors. Commit to a tight palette of newness. Adding just one or two new colors goes a long way.
Make Room For The New
Before setting out to shop, take stock of what you have. Donate, sell or give away what you’ve not worn in the last year. A pared down closet will simplify getting dressed each morning and who wouldn’t want that?
After taking inventory of your existing wardrobe, identify the gaps and shop with clear intent. This approach will keep you from over shopping and also ensure that you can style a lot of different looks out of a collection of pieces.
There are some things that are worth investigating, if you are able. Shoes and handbags are top of the list because they complete the look. Pair an awesome pair of shoes with less expensive apparel and the look is instantly elevated. Same goes for a great handbag.
Ignore the Rules
As the workplace evolves and dress codes relax, it’s more fun than ever to push your workplace style. Pair denim with denim. Wear black with navy or opt for a sequined top during the day. Above all, fashion is a creative outlet to express yourself. Have fun with it!
By Maimuna Bagudu