Professional women need to have a game plan for their wardrobes. Buying items ad hoc rarely works. What you need are multiple outfits and accessories that work with each other and throughout all the seasons.
Creating a smart wardrobe, though, isn’t always easy. There are many variables and you don’t always know what goes with what.
In this post, we introduce some tips and ideas that will help every professional woman supercharge their wardrobe. Here’s what you need to do for sartorial success.
Pick A Trench Coat And Stick With It
Trench coats are a lifesaver for professional women. They are the perfect garment during the cooler months of the year. They look smart, and when you put them on, you can protect yourself against the elements as you travel to and from work.
If you make the right trench coat choice, you should only need one. If most of the clothes in your wardrobe are black and white, then you can afford to be quite daring in the color of your trench coat. Oranges, greens and pastel blues tend to work well if you have a neutral wardrobe.
If your colors are a little bolder, then you are better off choosing a neutral trench coat. Just throw it on top of any outfit to get the warmth and rain protection you need.
Get Five Business Shirts
If you work five days per week, you need at least five business shirts – one that you can wear every day. This approach simplifies your wardrobe. You just wear the same shirt on the same day of the week (or mix it up if you want).
This method makes it really simple to keep track of what you’ve worn, and what you haven’t. At the start of each week, stock your wardrobe with all your freshly-washed shirts. Then as you go through the week, take them off every night and put them in your laundry basket.
In terms of shirts, try to make each of them different. Here are some ideas:
- White cotton shirt
- Navy checked shirt
- Floral shirt
- Sleeveless blouse
Choose The Right Headgear
Headgear was important before the pandemic. But in today’s world, it’s even more essential. You never quite know when you are going to have to use it.
Today, you have a lot of headgear options. If you’re looking for something dainty, then you can use a snude or a shawl. For those wanting something harder-wearing, a keffiyeh is a good option. These face coverings and head coverings give your wardrobe more versatility and allow you to protect yourself against the sun and comply with whatever social distancing rules apply in your area.
Buy At Least Three Suits
If you’re going for a professional look, you want at least three suits that fit you adequately. Try to make each one a little different but still highly complementary to your figure.
When it comes to suits, your options are almost endless. Navy linen suits are popular at the moment and will go with most shirts. You can also try grey suits and sometimes, bolder colors, depending on your industry.
Choose suits that offer high-waisted trousers. These help to create a more professional profile and tend to work better with blazers than low-slung pants.
Complete The Look With Two Business Skirts
While many women choose to wear trousers in the workplace, you don’t have to: skirts are another viable option.
Skirts are great if you are the type of woman who wants to be feminine in the workplace. They are also fun to wear, especially in the summer when the weather starts heating up.
The best business skirts are sleek and knee-length. Going too short can create dress code issues. And wearing skirts too long can get in the way, especially if you are on the move as part of your job.
If you can, buy some highly-patterned skirts. Florals are okay, though polka dots might seem unprofessional.
Wearing a skirt can help you create a more relaxed vibe. It’s a great option for anyone who wants to entertain clients.
Treat Yourself To Two Business Dresses
Lastly, if you really want to nail your look, then treat yourself to a couple of business dresses. Many power women use these dresses to exert their authority in the workplace and increase their chances of promotion.
In general, dresses that expose the arms and legs below the knees are okay in a business context. However, you’ll want to avoid revealing more than that in most firms as it could be distracting for clients.
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