We often struggle when it comes to our wardrobe, but dressing up for work is one of the most challenging tasks. It’s not just about style; there are also weather conditions, as well as the matter of dressing according to a strictly prescribed code which is usually taken pretty seriously. Some companies have casual Fridays or a bit looser dress code, while others are reluctant to introduce this kind of commodities and we have to suffer. The concept generally is a great idea. We all should dress appropriately and we need to depict a specific image about our working environment and our companies, but these get really ugly in extreme weather conditions.
How can you look good if it’s hot as hell outside and you need to show up all covered up in clothes? On the other hand, extreme cold isn’t as flattering either, when you think of all the wool and layers you’d like to wear, but can’t. It can get very frustrating, but we’re here to help ease the pain with some tips.
Your work wardrobe is quite important and sometimes you may feel like it’s too demanding and overwhelming, or that you always need to buy and wear new things. Luckily, this isn’t the case. You don’t need to constantly buy new clothing items: you simply need to wear them wisely. That means buying certain so-called staple pieces such as classic skirts, dresses and blazers. You need to get these in several colors that are easy to combine such as black, gray, or beige. You can also go with maroon and dark green, or basically anything you feel would be easy to combine with various shirts, bags and shoes.
Of course, you probably don’t want to dress too ordinary and, naturally, you’d like to implement some of your own signature look. How can you do that without looking unprofessional? That’s the real question: determining how much is too much. Well, it’s safe to say that a plain neutral outfit can handle at least one, or sometimes two, “oddities”. For instance, that could be a peculiar necklace, a scarf, or a pair of interesting women’s jeans. You can also have several minor signatures such as bag or wallet badges, hair accessories, or a stylish eyeglasses frame, if you wear them.
One of the things a woman needs to have in her office at all times is a good blazer. You don’t have to wear it all the time, especially if it’s warm, but it should be there as a backup in case a sudden photo obligation appears or some important clients show up. The truth is everyone will take you more seriously and you’ll look more confident and reliable with a blazer than without one. That’s why you should have it at all times as a trick up your sleeve.
Dress according to figure
When determining on your office dressing style, don’t forget minding your figure. Some items may look amazing on others, but ridiculous on you and vice versa. Not all women look the same and that’s perfectly OK. There are amazing outfits for any figure out there; you just need to try and find something that suits you best. There’s no reason to put yourself down if you don’t fit in with all the catalog girls. You can look amazing while still have an imperfect figure, which most people actually do.
Not late to change
If you feel like there’s no consistent style present in your way of dressing and you envy some of your coworkers for their great taste, know that it’s never late to change your own style. Of course, being envious is not something to be proud of, but a bit of admiration can be an inspiration and actually have a positive effect on us. So, go ahead and boldly try a new style. Who knows, it may actually become your own.
In the end, it all comes down to compromise. The real trick is to find the perfect balance between fashion, individualism, and reality. All that according to a certain dress code. The task is not easy, but don’t be afraid to experiment, you’ll find your perfect recipe eventually.