We’ve all done it a million times – the alarm clock rings, we sleepily look into our closet for something to wear to work and pick out the first outfit that remotely matches. It’s just work after all. We see the same people every day. They don’t care what we look like. However, you never know who is going to come into your office and it’s time to start dressing for the job you want, rather than the job you have. How you dress at work determines how seriously your boss and others around take you. If you dress like a slob, they’ll assume that you do sloppy work. But if you dress powerful and with confidence, then they will know that you take pride in your work – and yourself.
You can dress chic and professional on a budget. The first step is to invest in a few key pieces, like a charcoal grey suit with matching pants and skirt that you can mix and match. You can let your personality come through by going crazy with camisoles, accessories, or shoes. You can also throw on a bright colored blazer with your tailored black pants. It’s important to dress appropriately but to always let a little of your style come through. A great way to do this is by wearing a skirt or a dress to the office. It’s a good way to put a little pep in your step. In the winter, wear a cable knit sweater dress with tights and knee high boots. It’s still professional, but shows a little flair. Pencil or pleated skirts are also a good way to flaunt your style but stay true to the office dress code. Pair a solid pencil skirt with a printed blouse or a pleated skirt with an abstract pattern and a sensible cardigan. If you really want to shake up your drab and dreary work wardrobe, go for it in a patterned dress. You are guaranteed to turn heads and make an impression.
It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to update your work wardrobe. There are always great sales at the Eastwood Towne Center. For example, Express always has a huge clearance sale several times a year. The secret is to try not to buy an entire wardrobe at once. Start with key pieces and buy them as you see them on sale. The important thing is to have fun with your work wardrobe. Play with color and accessories and always let your personality shine. How you dress is directly tied to how you feel. You will feel much more excited about going into the office when you’re dressed confidently. So, put your best fashion foot forward and make a lasting impression in the workplace!