When it comes to getting dressed for work, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. You wake up groggy, reaching for the nearest pencil skirt, and you slip on the easiest blouse you own. It’s becomes a routine that can lack both pizazz and real expression.
Just because work can be a drag doesn't mean your outfit has to be unexciting. In fact, wearing an outfit you’re proud of can do wonders for your confidence, which will likely have an effect on your energy and outlook towards the day as a whole. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Dress for success?” It didn’t appear out of thin air. It certainly carries some weight.
When you’re dressed in an ensemble that makes you feel good and look good, you’re much more likely to lean in and speak up at work. You’re much more likely to smile at your customers or clients. Now, dressing for success doesn’t mean you have to completely overhaul your wardrobe or start wearing difficult outfits that require six different items. It simply means investing in a couple key pieces and mixing them in with your existing items.
Sometimes, all it takes is a different perspective. So here are three new work outfits you can mostly create from the current contents of your closet…
1. Pencil Skirt and Colorful Pumps
The pencil skirt is a perennial favorite in the working girl’s wardrobe. Sleek, simple and able to match with just about anything, this staple will never leave the working world. But your pencil skirt is probably looking tired with the same blouse combinations week in and week out. To spice it up, try pairing it with brightly colored pumps. A pair of red pumps with a black pencil skirt is classic, chic, and will have you exuding confidence. You can see Kate Upton rock the look here.
2. Ankle Boots with Straight-Legged Pants
For those days you don’t want to wear a dress or skirt, a nice pair of tailored pants is a great change. Stay away from saggy slacks, and instead opt for a tapered straight-leg pair that’s not too loose but not too tight, either. Add a pair of ankle boots for a cooler look, but make sure they’ve got a little heel—you don’t want to look too casual. Suede and leather are both quality materials that will bring dimension to the outfit. You can browse for all kinds of ankle boot inspiration on this page.
3. Printed Shift Dress with Flats
Contrary to what men think, dresses really are a go-to garment for those days we’re feeling extra lazy. Slipping on one piece of clothing that makes you look polished is perhaps one of the best female tricks of all time! This article nails it, calling these last-minute frocks the “’I overslept but don’t want anyone to know I got dressed in five minutes' dresses.” Try a feminine floral printed shift dress or one with an abstract artsy pattern. The busy prints will keep eyes focused on your dress, so let your feet relax in a pair of comfy, but cute, flats.