Do you ever feel like you don’t get the respect you deserve from your colleagues? Or do you feel outclassed by others in your workplace? Your workplace fashion could have something to do with it. You’re only as professional as you dress. Even if you work in a “casual” office, dressing your best is essential if you want to be taken seriously as a businesswoman.
That doesn’t mean that you have to dress in a suit and tie! There are lots of easy ways to look more professional while also looking stylish and feeling comfortable. Here are some ways you can make your fashion more professional.
A blazer might sound very “suit and tie-ish” at first, but not so! A blazer is made for the workplace, and adding one to your wardrobe is one of the easiest ways to boost your business aura. Men are generally limited when they wear blazers—they’ve always got to wear a collared shirt underneath. Women, on the other hand, can wear blazers over a variety of different outfits. Think of it as more of a fancy jacket or coat.
Talbots has a good variety of jackets and blazers. Pick one or two different ones that have different colors and which match your favorite work outfits. Just remember that blazers require a bit of extra care and maintenance. You’ll probably have to start scheduling trips to the dry cleaner. But aren’t we used to the inconveniences of women’s fashion?
Pointed shoes are among the most professional shoes you can wear. Why pointed shoes? Who knows—it’s more of a traditional thing. The pointy toes will add just a tiny bit of ferocity to your business demeanor. What’s great about pointed shoes is that they’re the perfect middle ground between heels and sneakers. They’re also great because they come in a good variety of builds.
Rothy’s produces pointed toe flats that look sharp, but which are also comfortable. Get one or two pairs for your wardrobe, and get different colors to match different outfits.
Trouser pants are the ultimate pants for businesswomen. They’re comfortably loose, but they’re also well-fitting and they have a pristine texture that matches the professional look of a blazer. Trouser pants are wide around the ankles, so they’ll accentuate your shoes and your ankles; your stride will look, strong, stable, and confident.
Loft has a very professional selection of trouser pants. Think about adding two or three of them to your wardrobe.
Over the past few years, the jumpsuit has really come back into fashion. Like trouser pants, jumpsuits are both loose and well-fitting. The airy quality of a jumpsuit makes it great for wearing in the spring or summer. The unified nature of the outfit will give you an appearance of strength, determination, and flexibility, all important business qualities.
At Lulu’s, you can really see how many different varieties of jumpsuits there are. Try not to get one that reveals too much skin—save that for your “night out” wardrobe.
Have a button coat in your wardrobe. A buttoned coat makes for a great piece of winter work wear that’ll keep you warm and looking stylish. Here’s a great example of the type of coat you could get. The texture is simple and refined, like a blazer, and the buttons add a decorative element that’s not too much and not too little. You can also wear the coat as a piece of casual wear.
For both men and women, jeans have become a staple at many modern offices. Don’t underestimate the power of a nice pair of jeans! They’re understated, but you can match them with lots of different outfits, and the classic jean texture exudes the tough stick-to-itiveness of a businesswoman. Jeans make for a great business casual clothing piece.
Dark jeans look the most professional at the workplace, as you can see with selection at Express. Match with heels, elevated sneakers, or boots for the best effect.
Remember that the most important way to look professional at the office is to be confident! Believe in yourself and your abilities, and you others will believe in you, too. The right business attire can definitely help boost your confidence, but it’s also something that you have to find within yourself.