Dress For The Job You WANT
Admittedly, I've been gone from my blog for a bit (but if you miss me, I'm always on twitter!). In my absence, I've started my new temporary position in holiday management. And this got me thinking: while I may not have the job I want, I can still dress like it. My ideal job is a creative fashion marketing or merchandising position. So I started dressing like it! My current dress code is all black, so I've been mixing fabrics like ponte, velvet and leather, adding in details like chains, bows and pearls and stepping my make-up game up. (Side note; a winged liner and a red lip look amazing with an all black outfit.) Adding a bit more pizazz to my work outfits has definitely helped me feel more confident in my new position. So if you're looking to add some umph to your business wardrobe, whether you have your dream job or not, here are a few tips
1) Know your environment. I can get away with leather, skinny pants and bright red lips at my workplace. Your environment may be different. Take your cues from your senior level employees. You don't want to be too casual in a formal workplace, nor do you want to be too formal in a casual workplace.
2) Focus on quality. Check seams and fabric content when buying key pieces like blazers, pants and skirts and button up blouses. Invest in long lasting pieces. If you're on a budget, check out thrift or consignment stores in affluent areas. You can always find classic, work appropriate pieces there.
3) Pay attention to details. Find a reasonably priced tailor and tweak the key pieces I listed above to fit your unique shape. A few well tailored pieces can immediately add sophistication to even the most basic wardrobe. If completely strapped for cash, refresh your current wardrobe by getting it tailored then invest in new pieces.
If you need more work wardrobe ideas, check out my Dress For The Job You WANT pinterest board!