What does showing up for work and dressing for success look like to you? Is it making sure you’ve ironed your outfit for the day? Or what about making sure your outfit actually matches and is coordinated?! How do you define what it means to show up for work and dress for success?
When it comes to dressing for success, it’s truly so much easier than you may think. Finding ways to maintain your image without having to break the bank is something many of us strive for. As corporate queens begin to make the transition from WFH to in-office, we’re giving you a 4-step guide for dressing for success in the workplace.
Follow these 4 tips for dressing for success as your outfit will not only speak volumes, but you’ll be sure to give off the impression of confidence and success!
4 Tips for Dressing for Success in the Workplace
Tip #1: Start with the basics
Beginning with the basics is an easy one. This is as simple as starting with a very neutral color palette such as black, white, gray or navy and matching dark items with other dark items such as dark socks and dark pants or shoes.
Starting with the basics will allow you to casually build upon your outfit and will show that you are capable of not only presenting yourself in a professional manner, but that you’re also coordinated and fashionable (two things that may be very important depending on the industry you’re in).
Tip #2: Minimize the use of large and gaudy accessories
We love a good statement piece of jewelry, however in instances like this—sometimes less is truly more. Your accessories should be an addition, not a requirement. Try opting for jewelry and belts that aren’t too flashy or distracting and still maintain a professional image. If you’re finding that your accessories are outshining your outfit, then they may very well be outshining your personality too.
Tip #3: Keep it clean
As you’re dressing for success, you have to keep in mind that your return to office should remain professional and always represent just that. Clean and pressed out clothing that is tailored and fits to your body is the way to go. You never want to have on a dress or skirt that is too baggy and unflattering for your figure. Focus on making sure your clothing suits you and your body type in order to dress for success.
Tip #4: Dress for the environment/setting
This is a no brainer, however it’s still very important to mention. Depending on your work environment, you want to make sure you are always dressing for the occasion. If your work setting is more casual, then you can opt for a more casual outfit, but if your work setting requires you to maintain a business professional uniform, then make sure your attire reflects just that. Regardless of the setting, you can truly never go wrong by making sure you are always prepared to dress for success.
In an effort to help our corporate queens as they transition back into office, let us know in the comments below things you’ve done to help you dress for success!