Our wardrobe and dress style is an indicator of the type of person we are. Clothing choices help us to identify with our peers, fit into a variety of social settings, and mark us as belonging to a particular group or society. Just as we like to feel comfortable in our bodies, by extension we also want to feel comfortable in knowing that our dress sense accurately represents us.
It’s easy to get excited when shopping for casual clothes, or when selecting a special item for a fun occasion or event. However, searching for work clothes can be a different story altogether. Work clothes don’t always match our personality and are often worn to conform to fairly strict guidelines, depending on your field of employment. Spending money on such items suddenly feels much less like fun and more like work. Work clothes can be rather bland and unexciting, plus very expensive. They usually can’t be too outrageous, grungy or revealing.
The last thing most people like to do is spend an inordinate amount of their wage on work clothes. If this sounds like you, these tips might inspire a different approach.
Join the online shopping revolution
There has been remarkable growth in online shopping during the last decade. Around 50 percent of people in developed countries do at least some of their shopping online, with ongoing improvements in iPad and Smart-phone technologies leading to increased take-up. Online shopping is a convenient alternative to mainstream retail, with an entire cyber-world of shops available at the click of a mouse.
Online shopping showcases a greater range of clothing options in all sizes, ensuring you can still create an individual look that suits you best, whatever the occasion. There are great bargains to be found online.
Check out sales specials
It’s smart shopping to take advantage of discounted clothing sales. You can make your shopping mission a little more organised by compiling a list of outfits you want to acquire. You will need to be flexible at sales time, possibly choosing a different dress colour than you had planned, but with a bit of mixing and matching you can purchase items that go well together.
One of the best ways to upgrade your wardrobe is by adding ornamentation to your existing outfits. A colourful scarf, chic cardigan or some trendy jewellery will help you re-invent even the simplest of office dresses. Your accessories can be multifunctional and worn in a variety of ways depending on your style for the day.
Neutral shoe tones
You may have a tendency to buy a new pair of shoes to suit every outfit you own. Although variety is fun and vibrant, there is every chance that you only require two pairs of shoes in your work environment; a black pair to go with black or dark coloured clothing, and a neutral pair to suit greys and pastels. We have all witnessed the results of a shoe collection gone way out of control, with many pairs hardly ever worn for any occasion.
Work is not a fashion parade
Unless your work is in the fashion industry, or you are being followed by the paparazzi, most people won’t be thinking too much about what you are wearing, as long as it suits the environment you work in. Often clothing is not so much about what you wear but how you wear it. If you have a reasonable amount of self esteem and know you are doing your job well, you can carry off a dignified and classy look even when wearing the same outfit several times per week.
Be creative with your work outfits, find a style that suits you, source the best bargains to mix and match, be self assured and you will find your colleagues will soon be asking you for fashion advice.