Whether you’re returning to the office after some time away or looking to change up your wardrobe, a new week is a new opportunity to change your style. Regardless of your office job and how your coworkers dress each day, you don’t have to wear boring, neutral-colored outfits to fit in.
Just like exercising or starting a new hobby, transforming your office wardrobe is all about baby steps. After you experience the confidence boost that stems from achieving style at the office, dressing for work will become more exciting (and less of a chore) in the mornings. From choosing the best accessories to stepping up your everyday outfits, here’s how to get started.
Keep it casual—but not too casual.
Most people buy Apple Watches, FitBits, and other smartwatches for their fitness tracking capabilities, while others get them to monitor their health or access notifications when their smartphones aren’t nearby—but is it appropriate to wear your smartwatch at work?
Although wearing a smartwatch isn’t inherently unprofessional, it’s not the most stylish look. If you’re planning to wear a smartwatch to the office, be sure to turn off your social media notifications and choose an office-appropriate wristband, like a neutral black or dark blue band.
When it comes to style points, traditional watches are the best option for the office. According to a recent Smartwatch comparison, even the best smartwatches can be bulky, with touchscreens and sensors to provide access to phone calls, games, and wellness features. Meanwhile, traditional watches feature a timeless style and attention to detail that smartwatches don’t offer, which can help bring your office outfits to the next level.
Make a statement with a pop of color.
Most people associate a business casual wardrobe with dark, neutral colors, but that doesn’t mean your office outfits have to be boring. In fact, adding a pop of color to your wardrobe isn’t just a simple way to brighten up your outfits, but it’s also a great conversation starter. Since most corporate employees don’t consider adding color to their outfits, they’re usually amazed when one of their coworkers has the confidence to make a statement.
The best way to infuse color into your office wardrobe is to pick a single piece, like a pair of red heels, and pair it with a solid, neutral basic, like a black sheath dress. Alternatively, if you’re aiming for a more subtle look, try pairing a neutral sheath dress with colorful accessories and jewelry, like a statement necklace or bold pair of earrings.
Shop for your body type.
Shopping for your body type can make all the difference in the way your clothes fit, feel, and look. If you’re not sure what cuts are right for you, start by researching the best outfits for your body type. For example, if you’re petite, pinstripe pants or a maxi dress can help create the illusion that you’re taller.
In addition, it’s always a good idea to visit the store and try clothes on when you’re shopping for new office clothes. Especially if you’re between sizes, trying clothes on takes the guesswork out of shopping by helping you choose dresses, tops, and bottoms that flatter your shape.
If you’re not in the market for new outfits, tailoring your current wardrobe can highlight your personality and compliment your figure. Plus, if you’ve already invested in some high-quality pieces, tailoring is key to feeling more comfortable and confident in your favorite clothes.
Between preparing your morning coffee and thinking about upcoming deadlines, picking out the right outfit is essential to getting your job done with confidence. If you’re currently feeling uninspired by your wardrobe, taking small steps to dress more fashionable at the office can make all the difference.