What to wear to work
Returning to work after a career break
Getting dressed for work can be challenging. If you are returning to work after a career break it can be even more challenging. You may feel out of touch with the work environment. You may worry that your skills and knowledge have been overtaken during your absence. You may worry about doing your work well. What to wear to work may be the last priority for you. But on the day that you return to work it will be a concern. You want to look good, look professional and look like you fit in.
We are here to help
We, at Working Frocks, are right here to encourage you on to look your best in any and every work situation. We firmly believe that the quality of your life will improve by wearing exactly the right clothes for you, and we are here to help you achieve that look.
So, read on for 3 ways to be intentional about what you wear to work. 3 short tips to always get it right.
Why being intentional about what you wear is a good career strategy
Women who are intentional about what they wear convey a stronger identity. If you are intentional about what you wear, the positive results will be two fold:
- You will convey confidence and authority in your work place, and
- you will feel more confident and this boosts your self esteem.
In other words, by being intentional about what you wear, you create a virtuous circle. You look confident, which makes you feel confident, which makes you look confident and authoritative.
Who needs this blog post?
You need this blog post if:
- your life is on autopilot, you are overwhelmed with children and/or family and you have no time to think.
- you would like to look great at work consistently but don’t know where to start
- you are returning to work after a career break, and don’t know where to start pulling a work wardrobe together.
How not to get dressed
Early on in my blog writing career I met a lady through an online course. We got chatting and I told her how I was changing my work to write blogs and give online rather than direct, wardrobe advice, in addition to designing clothes. She said to me, “I always wear black trousers and a white shirt”. She said she had no interest in wearing anything else. She was very creative, had written many books and traveled extensively. I couldn’t help thinking that her wardrobe was based purely on practicality and a lack of confidence, as well as her feeling self consciousness about her weight. So her uniform had become her armour. Locking herself in, she felt safe from the world.
This is not what you are aiming for when you get dressed. You are aiming not to hide your identity, but to use your identity to make confident choices about what to wear. Those choices in turn reflect your identity back at you yourself and outward towards others: your colleagues; your family; your friends.
Which brings me to point number 1:
1. Be intentional about what to wear to work
You only need to wear one outfit every day, so make it count. Make it the best of what your office dress code is.
2. Actively like and appreciate what you wear
Don’t wear clothes just because you can fit into them or because you have been wearing them for years without really thinking about it. You should actively like what you wear. Don’t wear something jut because you fit in and can remain anonymous. Which leads me to:
3. Wear what reflects your character
Even if you work in a very formal environment you will be able to do this. Do not dumb down your character. Do not dress for someone else. Do not dress trying to be someone else. This can be problematic for some women. Tomorrow, the next post, I’m going to address how to dress to reflect your character for those of you who need a refresh or need some guidance.
Action points: What to do now
1. Your first action tip for today is to go to your wardrobe and remove anything that you don’t like, that you wear on autopilot. Take it/them to the charity shop where it can be freed to be worn by someone who loves it.
2. Your second action point is to find an outfit that you truly love and that makes you happy and confident. Take it out of your wardrobe, accessorise it with shoes, jewellery, jacket, cardigan, coat, whatever it needs. Now it is ready for tomorrow and you can look forward to wearing it.
3. Finally, post your comments about what you have done in the comments box below.
I look forward to reading your comments and hearing what you have removed from your wardrobe plus what you have loved wearing.
Wear what you love, love what you wear. You only have one life, fill it with clothes you love!
Bye for now,