How you show up to work speaks volumes about who you are as a person. So many men and women have shopping anxiety for one reason or another. Which causes hiccups in the day to day wear of style and choices of apparel. Some opt into being simple, like placing less thought into color options, wearing all black or the same exact jeans/ pants. Others opt into being more systematic, like always wearing a blue suit on Mondays and Thursdays, wearing their black suit on Tuesdays and Fridays and Wednesday they feel more stylish by mixing it up and wearing their blue blazer with their black slacks. When working in a professional environment this can cause many delays to the path of promotion and being noticed in the office. Often times people are noticed for the wrong reason.
Sadly when there is a continuous problem in being overlooked it can cause a lot of self-doubt and distance with yourself and others in the office. I would like to say if you feel uncomfortable at work, do some mental checks before you do a wardrobe check. See if the company is the right fit. Write down the pros and cons. If you have more pros than cons then do a wardrobe check. Are you clean cut? Are you often disheveled? Are your clothes dated and unrelated to the type of work you do? Are you late in the mornings because you are stuck on what to wear and how to wear it?
Note: Depending on the field you work in, your boss may not feel comfortable telling you how to dress. They will leave that choice up to you. So now if you did a wardrobe check and still not sure what to do. See my five points below and maybe it can place you in the direct path of a new and better you.
One important tip I tell all clients is that the sun does not care who is mad or offended by its heat and brightness. It does its job and it does it well regardless.
When dressing for the role follow these 5 PKS fashion rules accordingly
Be honest with who you are, and what you can afford. Financially and Fashionably Fit. (I will get into that in a later blog) But part of being the double threat is being 100% honest about your financial state, whether it’s semi-permanent or you are working towards that promotion. Know the level you are starting at. Confidence comes from the inside out. Now being 100% honest with who you are, your current style, and your bank account will allow you to shop and dress comfortably.
- Do not stress about clothes you can’t afford
- Learn the store you can afford
- Learn the items you most love
- Learn how to piece them together
- Do not be afraid to save up for something you really want.
Be Honest about weight gain or loss. Do make sure your clothes fit you with room to play with.
- I’ve learned that no one likes when they put on weight; unless it is one’s overall personal goal. But if you know the extra pounds is not what you want, try your very best to dress for it and not against it.
- There is nothing wrong with a fitted suit or dress but when it is tight it looks forced. When going for a promotion or new role you never want to look forced into something.
- If you know you are an 8 plus some buy a size ten. Same way, if you know you are an 18 plus go one size up. You will feel more comfortable at work and feel more confident if you are not trying to hide your stomach.
- If you work for a company that says they honestly do not care. Do not believe them. They do care about what you wear and what you look like, and so should you. So yes you may not have to dress business casual, but do not wear sweats
Wear colors that compliment you. Be bold and daring with colors but also know how to tie in the professional attire with it.
- Example: If you know neon pink looks great on you awesome, wear it, but match it with an amazing blue suit so that the suit becomes the calm color to your wave of fierceness.
- If you wear black all the time (outside of being a makeup artist) add some pop color to it. Even if it’s just the accessories like a belt or chain. Wearing a colorful shoe with pop color(s) count(s) as well. Jazz it up, surprise yourself with a color you didn’t think you would ever wear.
Dress for the role you want not the role you are in, with the exception of all jobs that require uniforms. Dress like that boss that you know you are; like the sun never downplay.
- You have a “power suit” you love to wear but your boss semi dresses like the janitor. Kayne shrugged it off and wear the suit! Your boss hired you for a reason. You may not have written Fashion Icon on your resume but if that is what you are, then that’s what it is!
- If you want that promotion dress like you already have it. Confidence is the key. Once you have the clothes down pack walk and talk like it.
- Make the role believable through your wardrobe. Quality is always better than quantity. Having five white blouses that are quality fabric is better than 20 cheaply made shirts.
- Keep the weekend wear for the weekend. Sometimes we get a little carried away in comfort at the office and show up like it’s a Saturday afternoon. Keep those days for the retreats and again for the weekend.
Be fresh and clean! Yes as simple as this may sound we often do not have time to run to the laundromat and dry cleaners on a weekly basis. So clothes may have a scent to them or just need some tender loving care. Things like Febreeze and a lint roller makes a great difference in how you show up. So take the time to sniff clothes, and laundry clothes with smells and or stains.
Now I hope I help you all continue to be great. But if you need more assistance and time please feel free to reach out to me for a consultation. I am here to help.