As if finding a new job or making a huge career change isn’t stressful enough, you also have to deal with dressing the part or figuring out the style of dress which is accepted in other workplaces. Weekend fashion is very different from that which some workplaces expect you to wear and it is vital that you create a capsule work wardrobe which you can mix and match through the seasons.
Whether your workplace is casual and you can get away with jeans and a blouse or you are expected to wear formal workwear, starting at a new workplace will mean that you have to spend some money on creating a stylish work wardrobe.
Trade Or Borrow
Before you start spending money, see what you can borrow from friends or family for the first week or so whilst you figure out what your new workplace’s dress code is. Reach out to those who are roughly the same dress size as you and ask to borrow a blouse or pair of work pants and be sure to keep track of what you have borrowed and who it belongs to. This is also ideal if you are heading for a professional interview or are interviewing for a promotion.
Take Your Time
A common mistake which many people tend to make is thinking that they need a whole new wardrobe just full of workwear. If your coming straight from university or are progressing up the career ladder, then it can get slightly overwhelming as you want to impress your new colleagues and managers. Too often, people assume that creating a work wardrobe means that they have to buy everything, from pants and blazers to tops and shoes.
Usually, this isn’t the case and isn’t feasible if you are on a tight budget. Instead, tailor your choices to suit your job’s functions. For example, if you are on your feet a lot, then a quality pair of comfy pumps should be your first purchase, or if you are out and about visiting different sites and in meetings with clients, then a smart, structured bag is a great option.
Invest In Classic Pieces
Good investment pieces are those items which will stand the ultimate test of time. Stick to timeless and classic styles and splurge on items which you know you will get a lot of use out of. Blazers, a smart handbag, luxury belts, and tailored pants should be your go-to pieces, but instead of getting them all at once, spread them out over different seasons.
But, one thing to remember is to also consider spending some more money on items which you wear on the top of your body. So many people focus on the big items, but dress shirts, smart dresses and blouses should also be a priority.
Create A Capsule Wardrobe
Creating a capsule wardrobe should contain a collection of timeless and essential pieces. Whether you’re looking to downsize your wardrobe or streamline your outfit choices, then creating a capsule wardrobe is the best way to bring some order and focus on your fashion choices. When creating a capsule wardrobe for work, however, there are some tips you should consider and essentials that are ideal for the ultimate professional wardrobe.
- A black suit can be worn as separates or together for the ultimate power combination. Mix and match the separates with other pieces from your capsule wardrobe and you should have a number of different combinations.
- Purchasing a quality white or cream blouse will help on those mornings when you just don’t know what to wear. Pair with a pair of pants and pumps for a smart look, or dress down with jeans and a silver chain belt for a more casual outfit.
- Black pumps go with everything. Ensure that they are comfy and if you prefer heels, then make sure that they are a suitable height and you can walk comfortably in them. Keep them in good condition by getting them regularly re-soled and professionally cleaned.
The idea with a capsule wardrobe is to purchase items which are able to be mixed and matches with pieces you already own to create a large variety of looks.