We’re all judged on our appearance, whether we like it or not. And if you are a woman in the workplace, it can be even more of a problem. Well, I hope this guide will help you out if you find yourself struggling for inspiration in the morning. After all, getting dressed for work can often be harder than doing your job. Here are some tips I have picked up over the years.
First thing’s first, it’s time to sort out your wardrobe. You’ll need to build it up slowly with a few different items. First of all, a few suits are perfect for the boardroom, and for going for your next interview or important meeting.
Think about two different dress suits, and you could even go for pants options for the colder, winter months. Next, look at shirts you can wear and swap as you feel the mood. Don’t go for garish colors, and always have plenty of white shirts. They are a classic look, they go with anything and are smart and professional.
You can also buy some plain pencil skirts and a few pairs of dark pants to mix and match as you please.
Accessories should be embraced, but it’s important not to go too wild. You don’t want to dress well and spoil it all by loud jangling noises caused by dozens of bangles on your arm. It’s unprofessional and could be distracting for your co-workers.
Long earrings are OK, but usually only if you aren’t wearing a necklace. Too much shininess on view is, again, going to look unprofessional. A lot of business woman bring clutches and handbags into work – and it’s a good look.
But try not to be too frivolous with colors and keep things as sober as possible. Also, don’t be afraid of trying something like messenger bags. They are great for carrying laptops and all of your work files, and will show you mean business.
Hair and makeup
Hair and makeup can be tricky, and it depends on your job.If you are in an office, you should keep things as simple as possible. Fussy and intricate hairstyles will make you look like you concentrate more on how you look, rather than how you do your job. It might be an unfair assessment – but you have to realise that’s what people will think.
However, if you work in a more creative environment, it might benefit you to stand out more. Creative industries are a lot more tolerant of individuality, and it could help you get noticed. In some situations, you might find that you are expected to dress a little wilder.
And there you have it – a simple style guide for all career girls that can help you dress well for business. Of course, you don’t have to follow any of these tips – but unfortunately, the working world has a lot of ideals that you will be expected to meet. Especially if you want to be taken seriously. Good luck with the career!