Are you obsessed with the dress? Dressed and Obsessed
Changing jobs or entering the workforce as a first-timer can be daunting — for starters you want to make and keep a good first impression. In either scenario, you’re embarking on a journey that’s most likely different from your prior life and the one first-day stressor that many people point to is figuring out what should be in your work wardrobe.
Below are Job Getter’s top 5 work wardrobe essentials for men and women that will not break the bank and have you looking your professional best
A great blazer can likely follow you throughout your entire career. Though one of the higher-ticket items on the list — it is the investment you’ll be most glad you made. You can dress it up or down, but either way, it is one wardrobe staple that will keep giving
AN ALL-ROUNDER DRESS
A well-cut dress with room to sit comfortably and thick enough material to be flattering and appropriate is the non-negotiable, unobtrusive saviour that will take from interview to business meeting (and work drinks after!) A great all-rounder work dress sits at your knee or just below, has a flattering neckline that doesn’t fall more than an inch or two from your collarbone and has sleeves or straps that cover most of your shoulders.
A BUTTON-UP SHIRT
The reliable, timeless button-up should be your weekly wardrobe staple as a companion for skirts or pants. The shirt never goes out of style and is always evolving thankfully. It’s classic and never fails to help you achieve a polished look.
WORK APPROPRIATE PANTS
As much as you’re going to love a great, non-descript dress to throw on in the morning, you’ll likely spend most of your working life living in a pair of pants. So, investing in well-made pants that fit your body shape should definitely be on your “build my staple wardrobe” radar.
A PAIR OF HEELS
If you’re going to invest in a pair of work heels, neutral colours and low heels with a closed toe are going to make by far the most sense. You’ll be wearing them all day, so you’ll want to ditch the higher heels. Comfort is paramount; therefore, it pays to invest in a good pair made from natural materials not synthetic. Invest in a pair that will treat your tootsies nicely and they will love you back.
A CLASSIC WHITE OXFORD SHIRT
There’s little that won’t go well with an Oxford shirt. Because of its collar, it’s naturally smart but because it’s softer in construction than stiff-collared shirts it also has a casual feel, allowing it to straddle the line between informal and formal. Worn either with a suit for a dressed-up office look or under a crew neck jumper for the weekends, this is definitely one of the most versatile or timeless pieces you’ll ever have.
A NAVY SUIT
No man can be without one. The signature masculine colour that works with a range of shirt and ties colours, not to mention black or brown (or tan or burgundy or camel) shoes and belts. Just make sure it fits well. The right navy suit can work for a whole range of occasions from interview to wedding. And a great suit gives you pieces that you can mix and match — where the jacket with jeans and a button-up for a more casual look.
A RELIABLE TIMEPIECE
You can spend a lot of money, you can spend a modest amount of money, but a masculine looking piece of wristwear is highly recommended for completing your look and getting you to your work commitments on time.
A slim or straight-fitting pair of cotton chinos is a great alternative to jeans and tailored trousers as they hit the sweet spot between casual and formal. Their roots are military, so they have a uniform element that automatically gives them a smart vibe. Wear them with a button-down shirt and knitted tie for the office or with a nice (as in not offensive, faded or damaged) T-shirt for casual Fridays.
BLACK DERBY SHOES
Perfect with chinos and just as good with formal trousers, the Derby is the foundation of most shoe collections. Despite its chunky profile, the Derby possesses certain minimalism that’s smart and modern, while the open front makes it more versatile than its Oxford counterpart. Their shape also makes them one of the more comfortable styles so they’ll quickly become your “go-to” shoe.
You’re just one of those men who like to be careful about where and how he spends his hard-earned cash
Looking Good Without Breaking the Bank
i. This does not mean talking about scouring garage sales and consignment stores – not that you may not be able to find something good at places like that
ii. Only buy those which are needed
iii. The point is we often buy clothing that we don’t need and by not doing that you can save more money than any other way.
iv. Educate yourself about clothes
v. The best way you can stop buying clothes you don’t need is to know what you need and to do this you need to educate yourself.
CREATE A CLOTHING PURCHASE LIST
One of the most important things you can do is to make a list of what your wardrobe needs.
This list is a work in progress though and the chances are it could change as you get more educated and have a better idea of what your style is and what you have in your cupboard.
CHECK THE STORE RETURN POLICY
Whenever you’re out shopping be sure to look at the store or website’s return policy. Make sure you work with or buy from a company or person you can make a return to if you’re not satisfied.
And don’t be afraid to test the waters so to speak. If you’re working with a custom clothier he shouldn’t be looking to build out your cupboard ten shirts at the same time. It’s also not just return policies but making sure you know how they deal with other issues like having something that needs to be adjusted, repaired or possibly exchanged.
DONT FALL FOR THE HYPE
This type of thing happens especially around the holidays. You’re going to see Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Labour Day, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day sales.
Merchandisers try to get you into their stores and engage you in the company. I’m not going to name names but I’ll point out there are some companies that are always having a sale going on.
You may go in to buy that 20 % off cuff-links and then you see some really nice dress shirts and those shoes you’ve always wanted and before you know it you need a trolley.
Clothes too decide our beauty and it shows our appearance. Not only inner beauty or the look is important but also the personality and the way we appear is most important. So to every individual working, they should try to find out little time and purchase such kind of things as to present themselves in the better way for client meetings, for conferences and also for daily routine. In an interview, we are also judged on the basis of our appearance with our talent and inner beauty. Lastly, the only thing concludes is, THE RIGHT CLOTHES CAN BE A BIG CONFIDENCE BOOSTER.
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