Some people don’t think all that much about what they wear to the office. This is especially true among modern startups, where the dress codes tend to be very casual. The more fashion-minded will probably still care a lot, though!
Here’s a quick, practical guide to developing a work wardrobe that will boost your confidence and authority in the workplace.
Consider your comfort
Consider your own comfort first and foremost. If you’re given freedom when it comes to what you wear to work, then take advantage of that. The clothes that you feel the most comfortable in and happy about are also the clothes in which you will feel the most confident. Much of what we call “fashion” boils down to precisely that: improving your confidence. If there’s no external pressure to look smarter and you feel okay with what you usually wear, then don’t sweat it!
Taking care of your clothing
Filling up your wardrobe with great clothing won’t mean much if you don’t take care of those items, You may wonder how exactly you should go about taking care of them. With more casual clothing, you may not care so much about those items getting a bit creased or bundled. A work wardrobe can be very different. Get to grips with the ways in which you can take care of your clothing. Knowing how to take care of your work wardrobe and make it last longer is key to not only looking great, but saving a bunch of money while you do it!
Know your role
So what exactly do you do at your office? Because this is going to affect what kind of wardrobe you should be compiling in ways you may not have expected. There are, of course, items that will work great on everyone, such as corduroy trousers. But other items may require more thought. First of all, you’ve got to consider the commute from your home to the workplace. Can you do it comfortably and safely in your chosen clothing? Does your company stipulate certain dress codes according to hierarchy? If you’re new to the business, then you should ask around and find out as much as you can about the expected dress, such as it may be.
Compiling a work wardrobe can be expensive. When we enter the realm of professional clothing, we think of big-name labels – the kind that break the bank if you want to get enough for an entire week. Thankfully, big-name labels really don’t matter much in the workplace. You’re at the office, not a fashion show! And if you do want some respected names, you can always find good deals for them at certain times of the year. Speaking of which…
Keeping the season in mind
Most of us know that seasonal changes bring out new items of a wardrobe. The same goes in professional environments. It can easily be applied to the development of a work wardrobe! Take care to ensure a professional wardrobe is full of items for both the hot months and the cold months. Don’t end up burning or freezing yourself! Of course, “seasonal” can also refer to fashion trends… consider keeping that in mind, too!