What do your work clothes say about you?
Like it or not, what you wear makes an impression. Whether it be for a job interview, a meeting or just an average day in the office, your work clothes will influence others perception of you.
Work clothes are often viewed as an indication of ambition, authority, experience and age.
Clothing for credibility
Take the 80’s ‘power dressing’ trend for example. We may look back at womens boxy suits with over sized shoulder pads and scoff. But these garments served a very important purpose.
The 80’s were a time of conservatism. Society said goodbye to the free loving, feminist attitude of the 70’s. During this time many women entered into corporate workplaces looking to climb the bureaucratic ladder.
The corporate workplace had previously been considered an all male domain. So, to be taken seriously women had to take drastic measures. They started to wear suits featuring classic male tailoring and wide shoulder pads in an effort to emulate male proportions.
Get it right
These days, us women don’t have to go to such great lengths to be respected in the workplace. However, that doesn’t mean we should stop caring about what we wear to work. In fact, work clothes can actually be associated with your performance and capability. With this in mind, here are a few tips to make sure your work apparel is always up to scratch:
- Make sure your work clothes are clean - This means no coffee or food stains that could make you look unorganised or unprofessional.
- Keep your garments presentable - Ensure there are no loose threads, missing buttons, or pulls in your work clothing. You will look disheveled or like you don't pay attention to detail.
- Buy work clothes that fit you well - If you can’t find garments that fit properly, consider getting your items tailored. Well fitted clothing indicates good organisation and will give you an air of confidence.
Make it official
Make everyday dressing easier by creating your own work uniform.
No, we’re not talking about going out and making yourself an actual work uniform (although that would make dressing in the mornings far easier). Rather, try to create a wardrobe specifically for work. Choose pieces that are easy to mix and match, fit you well, look professional, and are clean with no tears, pulls or loose threads.
Bourne Crisps Classic Collection makes this process even easier. It features items made to be easily mixed and matched, increasing the number of outfits you can create with only a few staple pieces.