While it’s true that the shift to remote work has made the need to dress professionally every single day irrelevant (at least in some careers), it’s good to have a range of work outfits you can wear at a moment’s notice and feel comfortable in. Even if you’re running your own business from home, simply having some clothes you can don and feel confident in, even if that means helping you go from ‘home mindset’ to ‘work mindset,’ it’s your worth your investment. A professional outfit is a must for any working woman.
However, it’s also true to say that when we’re meeting with colleagues or even investors, or when we’re hoping to go for that job interview or promotion, when you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you look good. For that reason, it’s a great idea to consider how to put an outfit together. After a year of a pandemic and lockdown, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little rusty as far as this is concerned.
So, let’s help you with that, using a few tidbits of advice to help you put together a professional outfit each and every time you head to the office…
A Statement Piece
A statement piece can be a great way to top off a simple outfit, especially when giving a little variety to a color scheme you otherwise wear pretty regularly. For instance, you might have a range of neckties in different colors, as they add a little pizzazz without being too much, and a nice amount of color without having to go overboard when in a job interview.
A statement piece can also be a piece of jewelry, but of course, it’s best not too wear too much. Rings can work well if themed with your outfit, but be sure to balance the metals on each hand so neither seems too overboard or loaded. You may look through the WatchBox Rolex collection if you’re looking for an alternative with absolute staying power, something that people are guaranteed to notice and appreciate.
Think of what a statement piece means to you, and how it represents your personality. A simple brooch could be enough. A funky tie could work for you providing you’re in a somewhat lighthearted industry. Accessories that aid your outfit, even if it’s just a bag, or your shoes, or cufflinks, can work wonders if appropriately used and if they theme with your outfit.
The Outfit Trimmings
The trimmings of your outfit itself can be enough decoration to ensure a worthwhile finishing element. It might be that your lapel has somewhat colored stitching, or maybe your shoes can work well with your blazer in a deep chestnut brown or light, confident gray.
Outfit trimmings might also entail little elements that are rarely seen but are still appreciated, such as purchasing an umbrella that ties with your outfit for rainy days, or making sure your suitcase or work bag is of the same color tone as many of the suit jackets in your wardrobe. Sometimes a statement piece isn’t necessary if the trimming is adequately considered.
Have Clothing Resized
Sometimes it’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it, and how it conforms to your body shape. It can be that after a year of working from home, and a year of lockdown eating (or exercising if you’ve been particularly wise, we envy you), then having your clothing resized can be a great way of stopping your two-piece suit from looking like pajamas when it’s time to come back to the office.
For such a quick procedure, a quick measurement, and a quick turnaround, this can help validate your wardrobe for a little longer in a way that looks great and prevents you from having to purchase absolutely everything new going forward. In that respect, it’s worth investing in this way, and potentially benefiting as a result.
Great Grooming Always Helps
Permit us to talk about this without sounding patronizing, as it’s true that a year of lockdown has left us all feeling a little shabby. For instance, making sure that perfume or cologne is correctly applied and not overbearing, that our facial hair is trimmed, that our nails are properly trimmed and manicured if necessary, and that we don’t feel as though we have to apply more than light makeup can all make a difference.
Simply practicing skincare in the mirror each morning can help your pores seem clearer and your smile more radiant. Little approaches like this can make a tremendous difference, not only in how you look, but also in how you feel, which, ironically, contributes to how you look once more.