Depending on where you work, you may have the opportunity to express yourself through your clothing on a daily basis. Even if your job is difficult or uninteresting, there are ways to lift your spirits throughout the working day. One of these is showing off your personal style and feeling like your truest self at work. Here are some points to consider to help you get started.
Why Expressing Your Style at Work Matters
Being able to enjoy the freedom of self-expression allows you to feel your most comfortable. This, in turn, creates a more relaxed mindset that can help you to be more efficient and productive at work. Although there are many types of job that require people to wear particular items of clothing for safety or corporate reasons, those who are allowed to exert some autonomy over their outfits are more likely to feel in control of their lives and better able to make effective decisions. If you are fortunate enough to find yourself in a position of employment that allows you to express your identity through what you wear, learn to make the most of it as often as possible.
Know the Dress Code
Almost all professional environments will require their employees to adhere to an expected code of conduct, which includes how you present yourself at work. These can vary hugely from casual to formal. Find out the policy at your place of work for how they expect you to dress. It can be tempting to push your style to the limit of your work’s dress code but resist the impulse to do so. You might risk disciplinary action for testing the rules too much. Make sure to stay well within the confines of the dress code to avoid negative attention from your employer. Once you know what the rules are, you can have fun within them.
Shop Your Own Wardrobe
Before rushing out to buy new items that both match your style and adhere to the dress code, pause and take a look in your wardrobe. What you find there will already be your style and some pieces may be perfectly suitable for work. If you need some work-appropriate items to complete an outfit, then feel free to explore new options. A stricter dress code can still leave room for personal flair. For example, enhance your professional outfit with your women’s cowboy boots or add to your uniform with a unique hair accessory.
A great way to make an existing item in your wardrobe more work-appropriate is to pair it with something classically professional in style. For example, if you want to wear your loudly patterned shirt, pair it with a smart suit. A bright or unusual dress can be made more work appropriate with the right shoes or jacket. How you think to combine these pieces will help you to integrate and incorporate your more unique and personal pieces into a professional and respectable outfit.