Three tips for dressing professionally
They say that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. But is it the case that those at the top levels of business dress so much better than anyone else?
Certainly, a £5,000 suit may be more refined than one you purchase for a few hundred. But the principles of dressing yourself well are the same, to the point where simply learning to dress professionally, in a manner that suits you (this is the most important point) is the most essential part of all.
But how are you supposed to figure out exactly what that means for you? After all, while personal stylists are a thing, it’s unlikely that you’ll hire one just for the standard work clothes you’ll wear every week. Furthermore, how can you make your professional dress ‘yours’ without having to overdo it, wearing too many accessories or offensive ties in order to turn heads, not always for good reasons?
In this post, we’ll discuss that and more, and help you feel great in what you wear to work.
1) Have your clothes fitted
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how expensive your clothes are provided they fit well and look good on you. This first point is the most important. Even if you spend thousands on a nice blazer, if it doesn’t fit you, then you’re going to look misshapen, and while people might not even notice it, it has a subtle effect on your subconscious and how comfortable you feel.
This doesn’t mean you need to spend too much on fitting every item of clothing, but making sure clothes fit, that the main implements are fitted properly to your frame, and that they tie together well can work wonders.
2) Appropriate, classy footwear
The footwear might seem like a minor consideration but actually, it can work wonders for how you tie your outfit together and how you express your personality outside of the standard mandated office wear.
For instance, Knee High Boots by DuoBoots are beautiful and easy to wear, and can be a perfect addition to any professional wardrobe. Additional elements like this can help any outfit stand proud, without having to overdo things with overblown accessories.
3) Consider your personal style
Consider your personal style can work well for how you influence your dress. This might involve what piercings you have, how you wear your hair, what colour it is, and more. Your personal style might also benefit from making sure your accessories are proper for the work environment.
A nice watch can work well, but a watch, several bracelets, rings and necklaces? This can work if it’s your true style or culturally authentic, and if you feel confident in it, but it’s best to keep your workwear relatively simple yet refined, allowing the small fixtures to do the most talking. So, allow your style to permeate your professional wear, but also let professionalism influence your style in these instances, too.
Follow this advice, and you’re almost guaranteed to dress professionally for work every day.
Photo by Laura Chouette