Maybe you just graduated college and you’ve landed your first professional job. Or maybe you just need a little wardrobe refresh. Whatever stage of life you’re in, it’s never too late to become a style maven and impress all the people in your office with your aesthetic. If you’re ready to be a girl boss, the first step is to put on clothes that make you feel like a CEO. There’s truth to the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”
Keep reading for the tips we’ve gathered to help you become the most fashionable person at your work:
Tips for Looking Your Best at the Office
Start with the shoes
It’s 2019, there’s no need to continue to tiptoe around in high heels. Even though they might be cute, high heels have been proven to be bad for your health and they’re not necessary for your work outfit. Plus, they’re uncomfortable and if you are unfortunate enough to be forced to walk in them, you’re going to be left with some very sore feet. Just say no to pain and invest in some high-quality, comfortable flats for work.
Not only will comfortable shoes help you walk around your office with your head held high, but you’ll also never have to keep a spare pair of “comfy” shoes at your desk again. Great, professional flats will replace your need for heels altogether.
Wear a classic pencil skirt
There is nothing more classic to wear at work than a pencil skirt. The pencil skirt has lasted through generations for a reason, it’s almost universally flattering. When you go out to buy a pencil skirt, remember that it should end just after your knees and be high-waisted. Choose a dark color like grey, navy, or black so you can wear it with a ton of other colors. A patterned pencil skirt might be nice, but it will limit you in terms of outfits.
Get a structured blazer to add polish to casual outfits
Even if you work in a casual office, a structured blazer is always a good piece to have in your wardrobe. It lends a professional polish to any outfit – even if you’re wearing just a t-shirt and jeans underneath. Again, you’ll want to pick a blazer color that will maximize your outfit possibilities.
Bring a toothbrush with you
Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to give yourself a little freshening up in the afternoon after you’ve eaten lunch. Get a small travel toothbrush, mouthwash, and floss so your teeth can stay fresh and clean after you’ve chowed down on your lunch for the day. Your dentist will thank you. Plus, it’s always nice to have oral hygiene products at the office for those mornings when you just completely forget or simply don’t have time.
Invest in a nice bag that will last for years
You don’t have to go crazy and get a designer bag but it’s a good idea to invest in a bag that looks professional and polished. Opt for a classic material like leather which lasts for a long time without looking dated and won’t fall apart after a few months. Avoid trendy styles that won’t age well over time.
Snag some glasses that help with eye strain
If you’re entering into a new job where you’ll be staring at a computer for 8 hours a day, we highly recommend you invest in a pair of blue light glasses. Not only will they save your eyes from being overly strained, but they’ll also be a cute accessory to set off your outfit.
Looking professional, one step at a time
When you’re entering the workforce, or just trying to update your professional wardrobe, it’s important to focus on investing in a few quality pieces one by one. While the appeal of fast fashion is understandable when you see all of those low-priced, trendy garments – you’ll regret filling your closet with cheap clothing. Not only will they not last, but they’re also terrible for the planet. Instead, choose key pieces of clothing to buy every quarter or go to a thrift store to find a diamond in the rough. Before you know it, people will be coming to you for style advice!