2: Make it a habit. We all like looking nice, and making it a habit takes the stress and brain power out of the process.
3: Make it obtainable. Dress nicely 3-4 days out of your 5-day workweek; this does not mean you are allowed to come in on the 5th day looking like an utter slob. It means on the 5th day if you need to take it down a notch because you forgot to wash something, go for it.
4: Only wear an outfit if it gives you confidence. There are few things more miserable than a long workday in uncomfortable clothing, so before you buy or decide to wear it to work test it out. Make sure you feel and look great in any item you plan to add to your work wardrobe rotation. (Remember if the thought “Is this really work appropriate?” even crosses your mind then it probably is not.)
5: Take it up a notch. Aim to be a notch more dressed up and put-together than the office average. It helps you stand out in coworkers’ and clients’ minds as organized and prepared.
6: Buy and hang clothing as outfits. The only exception to this rule is if it goes with black or khaki trousers. If it takes any unique pairing to be a complete outfit then it’s going to sit in the closet without use.
7: Invest a bit in your look. Or as a good friend says, “Throw a little money at it.” This means buy a few nice pieces upfront, have them tailored, and take them to the dry cleaner (at least occasionally!)
-Buying nicer editions of work clothing, like a classic cut black work dress, black slacks, khaki trousers, a black skirt, a white button down, black shoes, or a V-neck sweater from a reputable and long lasting brand helps to insure that the piece will last longer because it is well made of high quality material.
-TAILOR IT! Tailoring is priceless, it’s that simple. A well-fitting outfit can make all the difference. If you’re keeping the tailoring to a minimum (which I do) focus on making sure your pants fit properly. It’s very easy for dress pants to look sloppy, too baggy, too long, too short, etc. So meet that beast head on by getting them tailored when you buy them, most major department stores, such as Nordstrom, have tailoring departments onsite for a reasonable cost.
-Dry-cleaning helps maintain the fabric with less wear, extending the life of the item, it also helps to reshape items that have been stretched out in odd places. By no means do I mean that the dry cleaner needs to be a weekly event, I only mean if you’re gentle with the item it will last you longer.
8: Trendy is overrated. Do not waste your time or money on trying to be super trendy (Exception to this rule is if you work in the fashion industry… But if you’re in fashion you probably aren’t reading this particular blog post) Simple and timeless base clothing pieces will always be in style. If you want a little trendiness do it with your accessories. A timeless base outfit can be transformed with a trending scarf color, a funky necklace, or the right belt.