Instantly Dress More Professionally at Work With These Quick Tips
Whether you like it or not, what you wear says something about you. Taking pride in yourself and your appearance says that you care about the details. It also says that you’re confident and ready to take on the task in front of you. Up your office wardrobe game with these tips.
1. Wear clothes that fit: It’s a simple thing, but a powerful one. If your clothes don’t fit properly, then it gives the impression that you aren’t confident, which is the last thing that you want to tell your employer.
Clothes that are too loose: Baggy clothes look sloppy and unkempt. It gives the impression that you are embarrassed or self-conscious and you are trying to hide a part of you. Don’t hide behind your clothes; stand tall and be confident in who you are! Everyone has areas of themselves that they would like to change, and areas that they like. Bring attention to the areas that you want to highlight with the style or cut, but always choose a size that hugs and falls in all of the right places.
Clothes that are too tight: Snug clothes can give the impression that you’re dressed unprofessionally or inappropriately for the job. Tight clothes tell the other person that you wish to be viewed for your looks rather than being heard for your ideas. Be confident in your performance and be known for your thoughts rather than your distracting or inappropriate clothing.
2. Clean clothes: Wear clothes that are in good repair and presentable. When you wear dirty clothes, you’re giving off the impression that you don’t care. If you don’t care about simple little things, then you definitely won’t care about big things.
Everyone hates adding to their chores list, but you want to wear clothes that are pressed or wrinkle-free. Iron garments that need it, or stick to buying fabrics that resist wrinkles and hang them in the closet.
Check your clothes before you put them on. You want to look for stains, rips, and holes. If it’s a favorite piece, then you can try to get the stain out, or try to repair any tears if possible. If the stain doesn’t come out, or if the repair looks shoddy, then it’s time to retire that article. You can save it for the weekend, use it as a work shirt, or donate it.
3. Wear the right undergarments: What you wear under your clothes can make a difference in your overall appearance.
Women: Wear supportive undergarments that fit you well. If you are wearing a sleeveless shirt, make sure that the bra straps are kept in place with garment adhesive or switch over to a strapless bra.
Men: Wear the appropriate undershirt. An undershirt should provide an extra layer of protection so no skin is exposed from gaping button down shirts. Choose an undershirt that doesn’t show when worn with the dress shirt. Also, when you are wearing slacks, make sure that your ankles aren’t exposed when sitting. Wear the appropriate dress socks that go up the shin to prevent skin showing.
4. Neatly kept hair:
Women: Style your hair for work by pulling it away from the face. Don’t let it get overly greasy. It’s not recommended to wash your hair every day, but on day 2 and 3, style it so that your hair doesn’t look dirty. Dry shampoo is an excellent option for those in-between days. Also, take the extra 5-10 minutes to dry your hair before walking into the office. When your hair is wet, it sends the message that you don’t take pride in your appearance.
Men: The beards are in, but even so they are still well-kept beards. Keep the hair trim and combed with groomed facial hair. Leave growing out the beard for the weekend or for vacation days.
When you are comfortable and confident in your professional work attire, then you can face the day head on. You want others to hear your ideas and not be distracted by what you are wearing. When in doubt, keep in mind the old adage “Dress for the job that you want, not the job you have.” What are your favorite tips for dressing more professionally at work?