In today’s competitive world, people take leaps and bounds and jump through hoops to go above and beyond expectations in order to get ahead in their career. One important aspect related to getting ahead, like it or not, is fashion.
Looking the part plays a large role in convincing people you are a leader, a motivator and can get the job done. Take these simple tips and tricks into account the next time you dress for work:
- Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
- Don’t go overboard with accessories. If your outfit feels too cluttered take off the last thing you put on. Less is more.
- Stick to one or two statement colors (color-blocking excluded). You don’t need to look like a rainbow.
- Try new things. Experiment with color combos, styles, fits, etc. Enlist a friend in this project. An HONEST friend. One that will tell you “nice try, now move on.”
- Don’t wear anything too revealing and watch hemlines. Breasts are not for the workplace.
- Be prepared. Keep extra shoes and tops at the office in case of a broken heel or spills that may occur.
Fashion should not be sacrificed. An ill-fitting pant suit is an ill-fitting pant suit. You may think you are perceived as an efficient powerhouse yet your outfit says I’m frumpy and too lazy to care about my appearance. I enjoy looking like a refrigerator box. Begin building your wardrobe with these workplace essentials:
- A fitted/tailored suit. This doesn’t have to be pricey. Shop outlets or resale for the best deals. Even a relatively inexpensive suit, when tailored, looks like a million bucks.
- Killer shoes. Whether flats or heels, be sure to have a classic and versatile shoe wardrobe flexible enough to be worn with a variety of outfits.
- A watch. A classic Timex purchased at Meijer will fool even the most discerning fashion snobs. Classic is always in. Think Mad Men.
- Dress for success.
- Fake it till you make it: go ahead, allow co-workers to believe YOU have the edge.
- Have fun. Your outfit should be an expression of your personality.