Are you stepping back into the workplace after a break?
I love September but I’m not so keen on how the change of season happens at break neck speed. One week we are wearing shorts and the next we are reaching for our coats! The changeover of the season does present an ideal time to review your wardrobe though, particularly your work one. The fact there is so much choice on the high street and no set dress code can make the task seem overwhelming.
Whether you have had a short or long break, stepping back into the workplace can be daunting. Your image and wardrobe will probably be way down your list of priorities but feeling confident in how you look is a vital part of getting yourself prepared. Your image is an important part of your personal brand and sends out a message to those around you, whether you are conscious of it or not. If your image fails to make a confident impression others may doubt your capabilities. The positive side of this is that you can use the clothes your wear to empower you. They are a short cut to boosting your confidence.
The chances are that it will have been a while since you updated your work wardrobe especially if you have been on a career break to have children. Lack of time, body shape changes and feeling out of touch with current trends are just some of the challenges that can make the task seem overwhelming. Please be reassured that you DO NOT have to be a size 10, perfectly made-up or dressed in the latest trends. Just be the best version of yourself you can be. This does require time and effort but the results will be well worth it. You never know, you may even enjoy the process – it beats ironing!
To help you do this here are three simple and effective steps you can take. Simple doesn’t necessarily equate to easy however but if you follow them I guarantee you will get your wardrobe and style back on track:-
STEP 1 – Declutter your wardrobe
It is true that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Don’t be tempted to dig out your old suit that is lurking in the back of your wardrobe. Chances are the style will be out of date even if it does fit you. Wearing clothes you love and feel great in will boost your confidence. Be ruthless! Superfluous clutter leads to frustration when you are getting dressed in the morning and drains your energy. This is the perfect time of year to start packing away seasonal items – who wants to look at a bikini in mid winter?
STEP 2 – Understand YOUR personal style
Personal styling is just that, personal, and there is no one size fits all solution. We are all unique and there will be some styles that work for us and some that don’t. Understanding the styles that flatter you is key to simplifying your wardrobe and developing your own style. You don’t have to slavishly follow trends but do ensure your wardrobe is current and modern. Audrey Hepburn never felt the need to dress like a hippy chick but neither did she look like Miss Marple! Get some visual inspiration – use clothing brands, magazines and fashion blogs to build a picture of styles you like. Pinterest is a brilliant tool to use for this. It’s crucial to have an image in mind before you hit the shops.
STEP 3 – Make time to groom.
It isn’t just about the clothes. Paying attention to hair, nails and make-up will go a long way to making you look polished and professional. Ensure your shoes are heeled and not scuffed. Also, clothes that fit well and are crease free make all the difference.
STEP 3.5 – Buy Something Fabulous!
I did say three steps, but well, if all else fails just do this one! I can speak from (lots of) experience that buying something new that you can’t wait to wear will take the rough edges off returning to work. A beautiful coat, stunning dress or gorgeous boots will make you feel fabulous and so desperate to wear them that you can’t wait to go back to the office!
My latest blog features three of the best statement dresses this season. They make the ideal ‘no brainer’ outfit that will ensure you make an impact when returning to work and feel great. Wear with ankle boots or long boots when the weather gets colder.
Need a helping hand to update your autumn wardrobe?
Feeling unprepared, unconfident and tired of your outfit choices will affect your mood and cause you daily stress. The good news is that just a few hours of time invested in yourself and your wardrobe is a short cut to boosting your confidence and mood. Get in touch to find out how my services can help you.
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