When it comes to dressing the part for a job, you might feel like you’re having to sacrifice your own personal style in order to conform to whatever the dress code is for your place of business. But luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can keep your personality while still looking like a career woman, both in the way you dress and in the way you do your hair or makeup. So whether you’re a real estate agent trying to sell apartments in an upscale neighborhood or you’re spending the majority of your time sitting at a desk or conference table, here are three tips for looking professional at work while still being comfortable.
Use The Right Accessories
Playing with your accessories can help to take your style from drab office wear to something much more fun and exciting. According to Alison Doyle, a contributor to The Balance Careers, the right accessories can either help you play up your look or tone it down a bit, too. By wearing something like a scarf or a fancy statement necklace over something that’s usually more casual, you can show that you’ve put in more thought to your outfit in order to elevate it. On the other hand, by using bright colors or interesting patterns in your accessories while wearing something that’s more traditional for professional wear, you’ll be able to show your style and personality without breaking out of your dress code.
Embrace The Tuck
With some simple adjustments to your clothes, it’s easy to make even the most casual of outfits look career ready. According to Jessica Booth, a contributor to The Bustle, one of the best ways to bring your look up to a more professional level is to tuck in the front of your shirt. Regardless of whether you’re wearing a button-down shirt or a t-shirt, tucking in the front of that shirt into your pants right in the center can make your entire look appear more polished and put-together.
Opt For Clothes That Are Fitted or Tailored
In addition to tucking in your shirt, Booth also shares that by wearing clothes that are more fitted or tailored to your body, you can make a big difference in how professional you look. If you choose to wear baggy clothes, though likely more comfortable, you can easily look frumpy and unprofessional. But by throwing on a fitted jacket over almost any outfit, the level of professionality from your ensemble will go to a whole new level.
To help you style yourself in a professional manner without having to sacrifice how you feel in your clothes or how you feel about yourself while wearing your clothes, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you make minor adjustments and improvement to your professional wardrobe.