Dressing for Success in the Workplace

April 19, 2021

“When a woman looks good, she feels good, and she performs at a higher level.”
-Marquita Chanel

Starting a new career venture or job position can be an exciting yet daunting experience. Many times, deciding what to wear can be an added and unwanted stressor. Between business casual, smart casual, business formal, and the giant question mark that is casual Fridays—it can be difficult at times to know what constitutes an appropriate outfit. This has been made even more complicated by the recent increase in work from home Zoom meetings. While some of the more creative job industries have moved away from formalized dress codes altogether, especially with so many people working from home, there are still major benefits to appearing put together and feeling your best.

Choosing the perfect outfit can be essential to achieving success in the workplace. Wearing clothes that make you feel good about yourself can help boost your self-esteem and give you confidence, which will be evident to your co-workers and supervisors. A put together look can also make you appear more professional, giving you a leg up over co-workers. Continue reading for some helpful fashion tips that will help you dress for success in the workplace.

Dress for the Job You Want

Almost everybody has heard the saying “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” This does not mean, however, that you need to show up in a formal dress, when the rest of your co-workers are wearing a nice shirt and jeans. By paying attention to what your supervisors are wearing and dressing in a way that emulates—but not copies—their style, you are letting them know you take this job seriously and are capable of meeting them on their level. This also helps you make a good impression to people who do not yet know your work ethic, by communicating your competence and professionality through your dress.

The Third Piece Rule

The third piece rule is a simple trick that helps any outfit become significantly more sophisticated. The third piece is an added element in addition to your basic dress and shoe combo. Choosing a third piece can be a fun way to show your style and switch up your look between seasons. During the colder months, reach for your favorite blazer or cardigan to keep you warm and toasty. During the summer months, have fun accessorizing with hats, purses, or a statement piece of jewelry. This simple trick can make any outfit appear more high-end and professional and will definitely make you stand out in the workplace.

Color Choice

Color choice is not an element typically considered when dressing for work, but it is an aspect that can make a significant difference. Colors have the ability to convey your personality and mood. Dressing in monotone neutral shades of black, grey, and white convey success and sophistication— making them great options for the base of your outfit. Pairing these shades with fun touches of color or classic patterns on blazers, bags, and jewelry can convey your style and make a statement.

Showcase Your Creativity

It is important to remember that these are just tips, not hard and fast rules. Ultimately, you should wear whatever outfits make you feel most comfortable and confident, because if you feel uncomfortable, it will show. When you feel confident, you will be able to perform at a higher level—so dress in whatever way makes you feel your best. Use your clothes as a way to express your personal style and creativity. Especially in more creative jobs who have a less formal dress code, your clothing can be a direct indication of your artistic ability. Use this opportunity to show people how special you are and that you have what it takes to be successful.

Shop Smart

The next time you shop for new work clothes, remember these tips to dress for success. If you are unsure of how strict your job’s dress code is when shopping for new clothing and accessories, it is always better to err on the side of simple and more classic. If you have a black dress or nice jeans, for example, it is easy to dress them up with a piece of statement jewelry or a classic blazer, but they can also be dressed down with fun, colorful accessories.
If you are having a difficult time figuring out your personal style or how to dress for success in the workplace, contact Marquita Chanel. As an entrepreneur, jewelry, and fashion designer, she has first-hand experience dressing for success in her own life and would love to help you do the same. You can message her on Instagram or contact her at (314) 287-3021.

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