So you’re not one of the lucky few who get to work from home in her perfectly decorated home office? Join the club. Whether this is your dream job or not, reporting to the office is (mostly) a part of life. That doesn’t mean you can’t let your personality shine through while there, especially in the way you present yourself. One way to do that is through your wardrobe. Of course, if you have a strict business attire policy, it can be challenging, but not impossible. Whatever your company culture, you can add your own personality into everyday office wear.
From scarves and hats to jewelry and belts, accessories help to “decorate” any ensemble. They’re also great for those of us on a budget, as they can make three outfits look like 33 outfits by simply putting them in rotation. When you take a simple white tee and jeans and add a statement necklace, a Felted Wood Panama Hat, and a vintage belt, you’ve taken that outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. And each of these items lets your coworkers know your sense of style. A stylish scarf, alone, can make each outfit look different. And, while they used to be worn primarily in the wintertime, scarves are now a hit throughout every season. We love a good summer scarf!
Walk a Mile in These Shoes
Shoes are another fabulous way to express yourself. You don’t have to have Carrie Bradshaw’s budget to go crazy in this realm either. While you should splurge on a pair of proper boots and pumps, there are plenty of less expensive options for your day-to-day wear. Places like Target and DSW Warehouse have super cute shoes that won’t break your bank. And what’s even better is casual shoes are oh-so-trendy right now. Ballet flats are on point, and look at what Gigi Hadid has done for sneakers! Don’t be afraid to pair a dress with a pair of Chuck Taylors from Converse. If anything, that tells people a lot about your overall vibe. Plus, it makes for a much easier walk from the train to the office (if that’s your routine).
Say it With Socks
Socks are a subtle way to let your legs and feet do the talking. These days, the talking is getting a bit louder, wouldn’t you agree? From fun knee socks and crazy thigh-highs to animal print socks and holiday-themed pairs, anything goes in the sock world. But if you want to not only look great but also have your feet feel amazingly luxurious to boot, try a pair of fancy socks from The Uncommon Thread at Stance. That conversation with your boss about a raise might be uncomfortable—these socks are anything but.
Your Coat is Your First Impression
This is especially true if you live in a cold climate. If you live in, say, California, your coats may make an infrequent appearance. On the east coast, however, you definitely want to have a few stylish coats to put in rotation. From a cropped pea coat and the classic trench to the bomber jacket and the North Face puffy coat (for those you days you can’t even), outerwear says more than just, “Baby, it’s cold out here.” It can truly reflect your personal style. Pro Tip: The dry cleaner is your friend. Don’t be seen walking around town in a stained, wrinkled, or otherwise unkempt coat. That is NOT the message you want to send to your coworkers, or anyone for that matter!
Take Advantage of Casual Days
Some offices are casual each and every day, while others do things like “Casual Fridays”. Whatever your office does, take advantage of these days and sport items that will get the conversation started. Are you a huge Boston Red Sox fan? Or were you an avid Friends watcher? Incorporate your love of pop culture and/or sports into your clothing. If you live in an office where lively conversations are few and far between, this can be particularly helpful.
Work is a part of life, but dressing in a ho-hum manner doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips for infusing your personality into your office wear. It will have a direct effect on your mood and your self-confidence in the office and beyond.