The beginning of your career is one of the most exciting feelings. You’ve waited your whole life for this moment, and you can’t believe your dreams are finally coming to pass. Yet, you’re not worried about what to wear because, after years of planning, your fashion sense is in the right place. Your first week is a success; you look terrific. Then weeks turn into months and now years. Your style hasn’t evolved, and you’re not the only one who has noticed. It’s time to pay more attention to your professional wardrobe.
Style is dynamic and should be subjected to change now and then, especially at work. What you wear at work affects how you work. When you wear flattering clothes, you feel confident, and this confidence translates positively into your productivity. Also, we live in a very materialistic world where people pay a lot of attention to appearance. So while you may be rewarded for excellent work, dressing to impress improves your chances of being taken more seriously at work.
There’s no need to be worried if you’re not sure about how to give your wardrobe a makeover. It’s much easier than you think, and you don’t need to break the bank doing it!
Know the basics
Whether you’re starting a new job or working at a particular place for a while, the first step to revamping your style is to know the preferred dress code at your workplace. Some workplaces prefer casual fits even on weekdays, while others go strictly professional.
Most workplaces do not keep a written dress code, but they use certain terms like “business formal” or “business casual”. Sometimes, you can tell the unwritten dress code for an office by what the employees wear. So it’s best to pay attention and not fall short of the office’s dress code just because you want to revamp your style. For example, you wouldn’t want to be wearing jeans and a sweatshirt to work in a suit and tie office. It doesn’t only make you the odd one out; it sends the wrong message to your employers and colleagues.
In addition, know the basics when it comes to fashion. Some clothes and colours do not pair well. Certain colours might not suit your skin tone or body shape.
Giving your office wardrobe a makeover is incomplete without accessories. Of course, it doesn’t always have to be the conventional type, but you can try out scarves, bags, hosiery or even your car!
You can wear elegant yet simple scarves in the office. Choose a colour that complements the weather and your overall look. You don’t have to wait for winter to wear a scarf.
Bags are the most crucial part of accessorising. The colour of your bag should always match or closely match your shoes. You can go with premium leather bags or small and easy to carry bags. Whatever you go for, remember, it should be noticeable and complement your look. If not, why do you have a bag? Bags are the ultimate classy accessory!
Rock your style
Revamping your style doesn’t necessarily mean changing your style and closet completely. Sometimes it is best to stay within your style territory. For example, if you love trousers, you don’t need to switch to skirts. Instead, look for solid or classic patterns for bottoms or simple designs that complement the shirt.
On the other hand, if you want to go wild, you can try wide-leg pants and pair them with heels. If you’re uncomfortable in heels, you don’t need to stress yourself. Instead, you can try wide-leg pants with flat shoes. Pro-tip, always take your shoes/heels with you when you’re going trouser/skirt shopping. Remember, it’s always best to stay within what works best for you and not trendy fits.
If you love skirts, always buy mid-length or ankle-length skirts as mini skirts are not generally appropriate for the office. However, if you work in a bar or club, a mini skirt might be acceptable.
Choose neutral colours as they are evergreen and never go out of style. If you’re also looking for something new, try high-waisted skirts. Regardless of your shape or size, they compliment your figure well.
More than clothes
When was the last time you changed your hairstyle? Revamping your style goes beyond clothes—it’s your overall look, including your hair, skincare, and fashion sense. So, get new magazines and look for hairstyles you like. Or go to the salon, and ask your hairstylist to try something new on you.
Work on your skin, try new skincare routines. Try makeup, but don’t go overboard with it. Research suggests people do not trust women who wear too much makeup. Something simple will go a long way to make you stand out. If you already wear makeup, check out the new makeup trends. There are “natural makeup” tips for people who hate a lot of makeup. There are also tips for contouring and “baking” for people who want to master the art of makeup. Whatever it is you’re looking for is available!
A common mistake many people make when revamping their style is going for short, revealing and tight clothes. But, remember, for a more professional look, try looser, less revealing clothes. You can still look stylish and attractive in clothes that don’t hug your figure.
Therefore, take into consideration your body type, your style and your career when shopping for clothes.
You must wear clothes that make it look like you put effort and care into your appearance. Wear clothes that make you look professional, classy, confident and capable. Wear clothes that enforce who you are.
With this in mind, you should be on your way to revamping your style successfully. This revamp will restore that excitement and confidence you first felt when you started working. Don’t be afraid to show your office the new and improved you. Confidence is crucial, and your style reinforces that confidence.