While working in an office environment, it’s crucial to adhere to the dress code. After all, the way colleagues and clients view you can help make or break your professional reputation.
However, such a troublesome routine of getting dressed in the morning can easily be mastered by following these ten tips.
1. Be prepared
Planning your outfits the night before can help you avoid looking like you got dressed in the dark. This can also help to eliminate any stress that can arise in the likely event that your go-to pants are in the wash and you have to put together an award-winning outfit in five minutes or you’ll miss your bus. Planning ahead can also reduce the chances of you committing the number one fashion crime of wearing the same outfit twice. Plus, you can use the extra minutes in the morning to catch up on some z’s.
2. Dress like your boss
As the saying goes, ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have’. The best way to gauge the dress code of the office is to emulate the people who run the place. If your boss has a penchant for the jeans and collared shirt combo then you too should happily indulge – however, caution must be taken when venturing into the territory of golf-themed ties and socks emblazoned with Bart Simpson.
3. Overdressed is better than underdressed
This does not mean that you should dress as if you are heading out for a night in Kings Cross. Instead, plan your daily outfits as if you have an extremely important meeting with an extremely important client. This way you’ll be prepared for anything, including if that important client just so happens to be in town. And have no qualms about looking ridiculously overdressed.
4. Quality over quantity
Investing in quality basic office apparel will not only save you money in the long run but also help you look like the star employee that you are. The last thing you want is to enter a meeting with a client only to find the button on your bargain bin shirt has popped off right at chest level. Suits in classic colours – black and navy – that are tailored to your body will help you avoid looking like a 5-year-old playing grown-ups.