What to Wear to Boost your Confidence at Work
Do you want to feel more confident at work? Then it’s worth thinking carefully about what you wear to the office each day. Powerful and assured business women rarely look dishevelled, and this is no coincidence. Investing in your appearance sends a positive message about who you are and how you expect to be treated. Dressing sharply will tell your colleagues and those at all levels within the business, “Listen to me, I know what I’m doing and should be taken seriously.”
Of course, you don’t need to look like a runway model whilst at work. But the right clothing can undoubtedly boost your confidence and command power. Let’s look at some tips on what to wear at work to help you feel more self-confident…
Choose Classic Office Staples
However much you love your claw-shaped stilettos or leopard print leggings, they’re not likely to go over well in a corporate setting. Tone it down between 9-5. It’s also worth keeping in mind that dress a little too provocatively can make your co-workers or boss view you as “unprofessional”. Instead, invest in a simple yet elegant knee-length skirt, such as the classic and versatile Libby London Ash Navy Skirt; an executive suit jacket; or a sheath dress like the Rumour London Grace Navy Knitted Work Dress. You really can’t go wrong with classic cuts featuring a stylish twist.
Don’t Be Afraid of Colour
It can be tempting to stick to navy, black, grey and white colours when dressing for the office. However, there’s no need to restrict yourself too much. A sage green or pale rose blouse will add a touch of subtle femininity to caramel-coloured trousers; or a yellow cardigan will infuse some life into a black-and-white blouse. Dressing conservatively while still being fashionable is easy if you add a splash of colour to your wardrobe. If you’re not quite ready to add bright colours to your working wardrobe just yet, try adding bold accessories or heels.
Choosing accessories is one of the biggest challenges many women face with dressing for the office. But with the right jewellery, scarf, belt or bag, even the simplest ensemble can be quickly and easily transformed into a showstopper. An eye-catching collar necklace, such as the Lee Renee 18ct. Gold Vermeil Deer Necklace can add elegance and flair to a plain blouse. Similarly, a wide belt over an open-front cardigan can give your ensemble structure. A bold handbag like the Brit-Stitch Vintage Red Leather Laptop Bag is another great way to add a little glamour and pizazz to your workplace attire.
The key to dressing for the office in such a way that it boosts your confidence lies in finding clever ways to infuse your personality into your classic office looks while keeping the overall effect polished and professional. Once you master this, you’ll find yourself feeling more confident, standing a bit taller and speaking a bit more assertively.