Style is important. Employers, coworkers, clients, and even complete strangers tend to make assumptions based on the way you’re dressed. Most important of all, your style can affect how you feel about yourself while at work. Plus, a good outfit can give you a major confidence boost. To help you get that confidence boost and prepare you for your return back to the office, we’ve listed eight essential style tips.
1. Add a splash of color
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Adding just a bit of bold color to any outfit can really make it pop. Whether you sport a bright belt or a sleek handbag, incorporating a strong accent color into your outfit can make you stand out from the crowd. Even painting your nails a fun color is enough to make a difference.
2. Choose versatile footwear
As far as footwear goes, you want to invest in shoes that are both fashionable and functional. This is especially important if you’re going to be on your feet or moving around for a significant portion of each day. Consider purchasing some women’s loafers or a pair of flats to keep you looking and feeling good throughout the day.
3. Make accessories count
Accessories can take your work outfit to the next level. If you’ve been working from home for a while now, perhaps many of your accessories have been stashed away. Now that you’re returning to the office, it’s time to sort through your accessories and find the pieces that speak to you. From bags to rings to scarves, find the pieces that will work with your typical office outfit.
4. Narrow down your closet
We’ve all had those mornings where we just can’t decide what to wear. We cycle through outfit after outfit in search of the perfect one. This indecisiveness is a waste of precious time and energy. Simplify the process of picking out an outfit by narrowing your closet down. Invest in a few high-quality core pieces that you can use to construct a variety of different outfits.
5. Get at least one good dress
Every woman needs at least one good dress that makes them look and feel classy. Pick out a dress in a relatively neutral color that you can wear for all types of professional occasions. However, you’ll typically want to avoid tight-fitting dresses and find one with a hem that’s an appropriate length for the workspace.
6. Consult with a tailor
Maybe you think a tailor is only for special events or the ultra-wealthy. But the truth is that tailoring services can actually be relatively affordable. Getting just a few core pieces of clothing tailored can have a major impact on how your outfit looks. Try researching local tailors in your area and check out their rates. If you don’t have any luck with local tailors, you might also consider an online tailoring service.
7. Don’t shy away from patterns
A simple pattern can turn an unremarkable outfit into something stunning. Find some patterned blouses, tops, and scarves you can incorporate into your work outfits. A trendy pattern or texture can add a touch of style to just about any outfit.
8. Be yourself
This last tip is important. Although you want to fit into the office and look professional, you should always try to be yourself. Clothing is a form of expression, so feel free to let your outfits reflect your own personality and quirks. However, keep it within reason—remember, you’re at a workplace, so you do have to maintain a certain level of professionalism in your attire. If you’re not sure what constitutes inappropriate workplace attire, consult the employee handbook or ask your HR director.
After a long time out of the office, it can be a shock to head back. But by following these tips, you’ll return to the workplace looking and feeling as good as ever.
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