How To Upgrade Your Working Girl Wardrobe
You’re standing in front of your open closet and wondering why you don’t have anything to wear. Sounds familiar?
You’re not alone, if you’re a woman at least.
A recent study has shown that the average woman spends about $104,000 on clothes in a lifetime. Yet 60% of women still feel like they don’t have anything to wear. That’s a bit odd, right?Even though most of us have a closet that’s overflowing with clothes we don’t feel like we own enough clothes. But the problem isn’t really the amount of clothing that we have, it’s more likely the type of clothing. You might have a full closet, but not very many staple items.
Invest in a Sleeveless Coat
High Quality Brands That You Love
Pick brands that offer high quality clothing. You’ll be wearing your basics a lot so you want them to last long and feel great. Also don’t be shy to pick brands that you’d usually find a bit over your budget, we’ll talk about a way to get your clothes cheaper in a minute.Make sure that the brands you choose fit your fashion taste. You shouldn’t pick a brand solely on pricing and quality, you need to enjoy the clothes they offer or otherwise you’re never going to wear the pieces you buy. That would defeat the purpose of our mission.
Only Keep Pieces that Fit You Perfectly
You’ll never want to keep an item that you don’t feel fully comfortable in, whether it be because of it’s material, style or fit. If you do you’re not going to wear it and you’ll end up tossing it out after a year of trying it on and hanging it back into your closet.
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What to Wear to Work? Navigating Office Dress Codes
Office dress codes are often ill-defined resources that leave employees unsure of their sartorial boundaries. Here, we’ll look at some common work environments and try to dispel a bit of the mystery.
There is nothing that induces eye-rolling and a unison chorus of reluctant groans like a discussion about the office dress code…or at least, it has that effect on me. Dress codes are just one of those talking points that seem to cause more confusion than they dispel, regardless of whatever good intentions may be behind them.
Add to that the ever-increasingly casual culture of public life (sweat suits, flip-flops, yoga pants…argh!), and it is no small wonder that many of today’s office workers are left scratching their heads as to what the rules of what to wear to work really are.
If this sounds familiar to you, you should know that help has arrived. After an exhaustive research process in which many potato chips and soy chai lattes sacrificed themselves to the cause, I have been able to compile a handy quick-reference guide to help you dress for the office, whatever type of office that may be.
Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not saying that you have to start dressing like Mabel from Accounting, with her calf-length dirndl skirts and a pair of orthopaedic shoes that could blot out the small island nation of Vanuatu in one stomp. The goal here is not so much to imitate, but to try to determine exactly which way the sartorial wind is blowing.
To do so, you want to look beyond the cubicle next to you. Instead, look to the most successful people in your office. Look at the way they put themselves together, and try to envision what kind of wardrobe combinations you already have hanging in your closet that might fit the prototype for your particular institution’s culture.
If you find yourself falling short of clothing options, chances are you are probably going to have to go shopping. Don’t let this overwhelm you. Think about what you have seen on some of the most successful people in your work environment, think about what you have in your closet, then pick up a magazine or two or go online and have a look at some of the fashion blogs and websites out there.
Choose some pieces that speak to you and that you think might work for your body type, and formulate a tactical shopping plan.
Does this work? Choosing the right clothes for the right office
While no two work environments will ever be alike, there are certain pieces that will work in some environments and not others. Knowing your own (and its official policies) is the key to getting it right ultimately.
That said, there are a few clothing items in particular that seem to consistently pop-up as sticking-points for employees struggling with dress codes.
As old-fashioned as it sounds, hosiery is something that is still required in many more formal corporate environments. Those who work in more casual or creative environments (think call centers, fashion magazines, or art galleries) will invariably be allowed more freedom to ditch the pantyhose, especially in the warmer summer months.
If you are in doubt as to whether or not your office frowns upon a pair of bare legs and you can’t find any answers by looking at your company’s dress code, take your cues from senior members of staff. If they are able to go without hose, you should be fine. However, even if you are able to ditch the hose in an office environment, it’s best to choose a shoe that has more coverage to avoid looking and feeling too exposed.
If you work in finance, law, or any other type of formal corporate environment, you can forget about denim – it’s never going to happen.
Less traditional offices (including creative environments) usually have a casual dress policy on either a given day of the week, or more and more frequently, all the time. While denim is almost always allowed in this environment, it is important to choose your denim carefully.
Leave your distressed, acid-washed, and tie-dyed denim at home and opt for clean, solid dark washes. Avoid anything too tight or with too low a waistband; nobody wants or needs to see what you have on underneath your jeans.
Unless you work in fashion or in the kind of relaxed, start-up venture environment that seems to only exist in the television programs I watch, shorts are probably a no-go. Even if you are lucky enough to be able to wear a pair of shorts to the office, make sure that they are a longer, Bermuda type style and pair them with closed toe flats or loafers if you are planning on wearing them with bare legs.
Paired with a boyfriend blazer and a button down shirt, this is a look that can be chicly androgynous and unexpected if the environment allows.
- Spaghetti strap anything
Nope. Not going to work. Even if you think you’ve covered your bases and styled your thin strap top with a cardigan or jacket, you may need to remove the jacket at some point, and then you will be out of luck. Always be prepared to have to remove a layer, even in the dead of winter.
In any work environment where you might be tempted to wear a thin strap top, opt instead for a sleeveless blouse that extends to the edge of the shoulder. If you have to think about what to do with your bra strap, or think you might need to wear a strapless bra, the strap is too thin and you should choose another top.
- Open-toe shoes or sandals
In formal corporate environments, a sling back pump may be appropriate, but an open toe shoe is probably not acceptable. Just make sure that your shoes look conservatively sophisticated (by which I guess I mean expensive), and that they don’t make that “slap, slap, slap” noise when you walk.
For less formal office environments, open toe shoes should be fine, just choose a pair that is not too sexy (i.e. no glitter, platforms, or (shudder) clear heels). More coverage is better than less, although those who have a lot of creative freedom at work will probably be able to wear even the strappiest of sandals with ease.
However, flip flops do not belong in any office environment, no matter how relaxed. If you are still knocking sand out of your shoes from your last beach holiday, they’re probably not appropriate for the office.
As they say, sometimes the best ways are the old ways. One of the easiest ones to keep yourself in check if you’re unsure something is appropriate is to ask yourself if your Grandmother would approve of it. Consider each piece of clothing individually rather than as the sum of all of the parts to your look, and ask yourself, “What would Grandma think?” If you’re pretty sure that Grandma would send you home to change, choose another piece.
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