Are you keen to make a good first impression at a new job? Do you want to look smart at a job interview? Or do you have an important meeting coming up? Then you may be struggling to decide on an appropriate outfit.
While looking professional among your peers is one big motivation to dress well, it’s not the only reason to invest in a smart work wardrobe. According to the BBC, “studies have shown wearing more formal attire can make workers feel more self-assured and actually improve work performance”.
So, if you’re keen to boost your confidence and your success, it’s worth putting some thought into what you wear. Here, we explore several ways you can dress to impress at work.
Dress for the environment
One of the most important things to consider when creating outfits for work is the dress code. Your company may or may not have a dress code that you need to adhere to, so it’s worth checking this out before investing in any new pieces.
For example, if you work in a corporate job, you may need to dress in formal business wear. Or, if you work in a creative role, then smart-casual items may be more appropriate. Get to grips with the norm for your workplace and you can follow suit!
Invest in core professional pieces
It’s worth investing in a few core pieces that can be mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe to create a professional look. For example, you could get a well-fitted blazer that could be worn over shirts, t-shirts, jumpers, or blouses. Other key pieces that will help to create smart outfits could be a pair of loafers, tailored trousers, and a trench coat.
It’s worth choosing items in complementary colours such as navy, black, camel, green and white so that they can be worn together. That way, you can create multiple outfit combinations using the same pieces. Not only will this reduce the number of clothes you need to buy, but also make it quicker and easier to pick smart outfits in the morning – which is great if you’re in a rush to get out the door!
Choose simple accessories
A great way to elevate your work outfit is to complement your clothes with simple, classy accessories. It’s worth investing in a good quality handbag for work – choose something practical and stylish that will give a professional look such as black or tan leather.
When it comes to jewellery, less is often more in the workplace. Opt for striking and simple pieces like diamond earrings and pendant necklaces that will add a touch of elegance to your outfit. You could also pop a watch on to complete your look.
By following these tips, you can create smart outfits that will help you look and feel your best at work.