Working in a corporate environment means having to pay some extra attention to the way you dress. Your appearance affects how people perceive you, your confidence levels, and ultimately also your performance. Which is why power dressing remains an important part of projecting an image of confidence and professionalism in the corporate world.
The next seven tips will help you dress like a power player and wear your attitude to work.
- Bring a sense of order to your wardrobe
You might think that the state of your closet is beside the point but the way your wardrobe is organised and how you get dressed in the morning sets the tone for your entire day. A messy and chaotic wardrobe makes it difficult to put together stylish outfits with ease and without stress. A well-organized wardrobe, on the other hand, makes it easier to find what you’re looking for since you are less likely to spend time rummaging through piles of clothes.
Also, all clothes tend to look more appealing if they are presented in a better manner. Even just looking at you clothes will be pleasing with so many charming options standing out and you’ll be putting together outfits that make you feel confident and positive every day of the week.
- Choose quality basics that can be dressed up or down
Every professional wardrobe starts with quality basics as a foundation. These are the pieces that can be combined in a multitude of ways and worn dressed up or down, depending on the situation. Button-ups, blazers, dress pants and midi-length skirts are all examples of basics that allow you to mix and match them for chic outfits.
When choosing wardrobe basics, make sure you go for premium quality. This is important for various reasons. Firstly, the basics are evergreen and have the potential to be worn on repeat for years. However, this is only possible if the items are of good quality and last long without pilling, fading or falling apart at the seams.
Secondly, if you invest in quality you can be certain that your wardrobe essentials will look anything but basic and boring. It’s the premium fabrics that give the items a subtle lustre and the attention to detail that makes them and the wearer stand out from the rest.
Thirdly, power dressing is about feeling confident and confidence is always related to comfort. Quality clothes are, as a rule, made of premium fabrics that usually feel pleasant against the skin. These fabrics are also more resistant to wrinkles. Feeling good and knowing that you look flawless works wonders for confidence.
- Only buy and wear clothing that flatters your figure.
A well-fitting outfit will not only make you look slimmer but also chic and put together. You don’t have to be a size 2 or 4 to look good in your clothes. As long as you dress according to your actual size and body shape your clothing will flatter your figure and make you feel confident.
The basis for dressing well is picking the correct size. Since sizes vary from brand to brand it is important to either try the pieces on before purchasing them or to compare your measurements with size charts when shopping online to get the size right.
It is important to pay attention to and take notice of all the signs of bad fit. Gaping buttons on blouses, sleeves that are either too long or too short, tops that are either too tight or too large – these are all clear signs that clothes do not fit and should not be worn.
- Keep things simple.
Corporate style is all about simplicity and timelessness. The idea is to create a clean and classic look. Stick to basics and you’ll look professional and polished.
- Own a few good dress shirts
Dress shirts are the best friends of professional women for a multitude of reasons. One of the principal reasons why they are so well loved is their versatility. They can be dressed up or down, they are suitable for most occasions, and they can be worn with most other items in any wardrobe.
Additionally, quality dress shirts never fail to look polished and professional. This is particulraly true for fitted shirts that look flattering in women of all shapes and sizes.
Most women have at least one white dress shirt in the wardrobe but it is a good idea to also try other colors and patterns. If you like the idea of wearing dress shirts, it is a good idea to make sure that you have a perfect business shirt for each day of the week.
- Choose your colors wisely
Neutral colors work well with most outfits but there’s no need to limit your choices only to these. Use different shades and colors to help you stand out from the crowd and to take your outfits to another level. Mixing neutrals with pops of color is the best way to inject some life into your outfits.
For best results it is wise to use colors and patterns sparingly. Stick to one single stand out piece while keeping the rest of the outfit more subdued for a nicely balanced outfit.
Power dressing doesn’t need to be a complicated endeavor. By sticking to a few main principles and making sure you that you always feel comfortable, we can guarantee that you will master the art in no time.