Simple Ways to Make Your Office Wardrobe More Stylish
If you have to adhere to a business, or business casual, dress code for your job, then sometimes it can be difficult to think of ways to liven up your usual office clothing and feel more confident and stylish at work. It can be easy to get stuck in a fashion rut of wearing the same few things throughout the week, every week, and feeling drab. However, giving your office look a style makeover can not only help you feel more motivated and positive at work, but it can also do wonders for your self esteem – you spend a good portion of your week with your coworkers, after all, so if you feel like you look your best around them it can really lift your perception of how people respond to you.
With a new fashion season just beginning, and with most of us having our social lives curbed by restrictions relating to social distancing at the moment, there has never been a better time to put your fashion investments into your work wardrobe, and upgrade your professional look. Here are a few simple ideas that can help:
Add Some Luxury Touches
One of the first things you can do is add some accessories you love. Accessories are great because they can be mixed and matched with all of your existing work wardrobe to create subtly different but more glamorous and polished looks. Just adding a luxurious scarf to a suit and a plain top can make the ensemble look instantly more chic, and you can experiment with adding different accent colors to plainer outfits with scarves, bags, belts, jewelry and hair accessories, giving dreary neutral office wear an instant lift.
When you are looking for accessories, it can be good to indulge yourself and go for luxury designer items if you can. Mixing high end accessories in makes the whole outfit look more expensive, and you can generally get a lot of use out of things like designer scarves and belts, so if you don’t want to upgrade your whole work wardrobe with designer pieces, you can get a lot of value by opting for mid-range clothing and high end details. An easy place to start if you usually wear separates or suits is to accessorize with a Gucci belt, which has become a staple part of many wardrobe’s throughout the world.
Consider Some Different Styles
Business or business casual clothing can feel pretty limited in terms of the styles you can wear, but it really isn’t, as long as you don’t always fall back on the same couple of combinations. If you always wear pants suits, try looking for smart dresses you can pair with boots and a blazer to get a whole new look.
If you usually wear button down shirts, try switching to a wrap around style or a mandarin collar for a sophisticated alternative. Look for colors or prints that can turn a classic professional item like a pencil skirt or a shirt into a more interesting piece to wear. Sometimes, shifting from one go-to style to a different one can be all it takes to make people see you in a whole new light!
Consider Day-to-Night (or Night-to-Day)
A lot of people consider how they may be able to dress up the clothes they wear to work by switching their shoes, and changing their hair and make-up, so that they can head straight from the office to a more social engagement like drinks, dinner or even a date. It is always good to think about this with the things you choose for work, as even if you don’t tend to go out straight from work, it means the items you buy for the office can pull double duty in your wardrobe and be good to wear for parties and socializing.
However, another thing you can consider is whether any of the things you normally wear for parties or other occasions could actually be suitable for work if you style them the right way. A lot of dresses that are ideal for dates and evening drinks can actually work for the office if you pair them with a blazer, court shoes and a smart scarf, for instance, and the same can be true of a lot of tops and jackets.
As you can see, putting some extra effort in to making your working wardrobe more stylish needn’t be difficult, and if you are smart about things you can end up with a lot of new options just by investing in a few accessories or some clothes you can also wear for other things!