One of my favorite books, The Rules of Work by Richard Templar, mentions how we should dress for the job we want, not the job we have, and I totally agree.
Even though your work speaks louder than everything, the way we look and carry ourselves has a lot to do with how people perceive us. If you want to be a manager, dress like one (and of course act like one too). I often find business attire quite boring. Same old pant-suits, white buttoned shirts and boring black shoes. People tend to stick to a specific color scheme in their “safe zone”. It’s true that certain fashion rules should be obeyed in the business world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and be creative too. You’re a girl boss, so dress like it!
If you’re afraid of mixing colors, try mixing different textures in a single outfit. If worn respectfully, even lace can be work appropriate. Also, layering is always a good way to create more dimension while staying fashionable. Wear a jacket on top instead of just a long sleeved shirt and why not a midi skirt with tights instead of those same old boring pants?
Accessories can always elevate your outfit to the next level. This beautiful Burberry watch is a perfect example of how a simple piece can elevate a whole outfit. Plus, it’s not only work appropriate but I get a lot of use out of it on many different occasions. Maybe tie a scarf around your neck or wear a beautiful multi layers necklace to jazz it up a little?
Another tip for you: don’t be afraid of colors. If you think bold bright colors wouldn’t be appropriate for where you work, you can always pair neutrals or blush colors with deeper colors such as olive green, burgundy, forest green… It doesn’t have to all be black and navy! If you have a certain color scheme you have to follow, you can always add a touch of color through make up or accessories.
Work clothes shouldn’t be boring and they shouldn’t also be just work clothes. Try to get pieces that you can easily transition into going out or special occasion type of outfit. You should get excited getting dressed everyday. So tomorrow morning dress like the girl boss you are!
Have a great Monday beautiful girl bosses!