It’s easy to get into the same routine of what you wear to work. Sometimes it helps to freshen up your look and consider a few new professional looks for the office so you feel confident for that next big project or meeting. Make these seven tips part of your wardrobe makeover.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
If you want to look professional at work, you’ll need to invest some time in it. Use the weekend to plan out what you’ll wear throughout the week. Hang each outfit in your closet with a tag bearing the name of the week. When you get up, all you’ll have to do is take it out of your closet.
Tip #2: Iron Out the Wrinkles
While you’re planning, go ahead and get all of those wrinkles out of your pieces. There is nothing more unprofessional than a wrinkled part of your outfit. Investing in a quality iron and ironing board is also a smart investment in your career.
Tip #3: Check Yourself Through the Day
When you go to the bathroom, use that time to check your look. Straighten your tie, smooth out your dress, freshen up your face or hair. You’re ready to lead that meeting or do that interview because you’ve taken some time to make sure everything is in place.
Tip #4: Change It Up
When you plan, you’ll easily see the outfits that are wanting. You may be in need of a wardrobe change, too. Add a few blazers, a pair of pants and a shirt for 10 days in a row, a dozen or so dresses. Make it easy on yourself by not having to do laundry every week or repeat an outfit for 10-12 days.
Tip #5: Invest in a Few Key Pieces
Every professional wardrobe needs a few high-end things–some leather shoes, a designer handbag or belt, a high-quality suit. Invest in a few things to add to your wardrobe so you have them at the ready and can always look polished.
Tip #6: Wash and Repeat
This tip is about routine. This far down in the list, you should be getting into one with your professional look. Try to make your wardrobe and grooming a regular part of your life so that even if you wake up late, you can always be on point with your outfit.
Tip #7: Change It Up for the Seasons
Don’t wear corduroy in the summer. Leave linen to the summer. Wear white when you want to, and don’t worry. But make sure you are putting the cherry on top of that professional look by matching your outfits to every season. You’ll also make sure you’re always comfortable in the office when you do this as well.
Ready to Go to Work?
You’ll feel more prepared and more confident when you feel good about the way you look. Keep these seven key tips in mind for your new professional look. Dressing professionally might seem challenging, but it’s actually quite easier than you think.