How to Look Sharp in the Workplace

The gender gap in top corporate jobs is still an issue today, though we are seeing more women than ever before in the business world. Work clothes have also evolved and changed over the years.

Of course, some jobs do require a formal approach to workwear, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look stylish and professional at the workplace. Gone are the days of having to wear overly formal suits, and we can see a whole range of different styles and tailoring in offices across the world.

Choose Key Pieces 

Fashion is a deeply personal choice. What you wear is a reflection of who you are as well as the kind of persona you want to portray. Wearing the right clothes and accessories can make you feel confident and empowered, ready to take on the day’s work.

People are also more likely to take you seriously if you look the part. This applies to both men and women; however, there is indeed an added pressure for women to be presentable in the workplace. Having the confidence to dress in a way that is suitable for your role, while still being able to maintain a sense of identity, doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, as the following points highlight, it can really be as simple as choosing a few key items and building your wardrobe and style up around them.

Bargain Hunting

You can find all kinds of bargains online, and with more vintage stores popping up across various online platforms such as Depop and eBay, there has never been more opportunity to get your hands on a vintage bargain. Vintage tailoring, in particular, is a great way to make a statement. With just one or two blazers, you can create several looks, and an oversized blazer will go well on top of almost everything.

Add Pops of Color

As a woman, don’t allow yourself to be invisible. Don’t be afraid to wear bright colors or accessories. Adding splashes of color to your outfit can allow you to stand out from the crowd, just a little bit, and make people notice you when you walk into a room. That being said, there’s a fine line between colorful and gaudy, so limit the bold colors to one piece of clothing, or some funky looking designer glasses or an accessory. 

You don’t need to have a corporate office job to dress sharply. If you have to adhere to a strict uniform while at work, then it’s also satisfying to be able to express yourself through fashion in your off time. Finding ways to assert yourself is an important quality to have, but especially for women, and especially in the workplace where so often women are disregarded as serious candidates for job roles.

Something small like having the confidence to express yourself through your clothing choice can really make an impact on yourself mentally. When you feel good about yourself, you not only make choices that reflect that, but you’re also surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good too. 

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