How To Dress Like You Mean Business
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. You’ve probably heard this before, but it cannot be emphasized enough. We all know that incredible feeling when we dress up in a smashing outfit and are ready to take on the world. Dressing well goes a long way in channeling your best persona. While others definitely perceive you differently when you dress sharper, dressing well has recognizable physiological impacts for yourself too. The right clothes can be a huge confidence booster and empower you to be the best version of yourself.
This begs the question - As dynamic, working women, how do we find the time to constantly update our wardrobes? Armoire is the perfect, modern-day answer to all 9-to-5 dressing questions. Armoire does the heavy-lifting and even takes care of the dry-cleaning and shipping. Renting clothes ensures you always have something new to wear, so you can enjoy a tip-top wardrobe and focus on what you really excel at - your job. Find your unlimited, trendy work wardrobe here.
And of course, it is important to dress according to your company guidelines. While you may be able to pull off a t-shirt and jeans at a start-up, a more formal organization may have a stricter dress code. Personal stylists at Armoire curate looks to go with your daily needs, professional demands, and personality.
Here are some great options for business-smart looks...
1. Solid Staples
Great basics in non-distracting, solid colors are the building blocks of a superb work wardrobe. Tapered silhouettes and clean lines that mean business are your best bet. Look ahead of that tucked-in shirt and pencil skirt combination. There are so many suave dresses, trousers and jumpsuits to choose from. This vintage satin jumpsuit from Theory is a really flattering one-piece that is great for the boardroom. This Riverside Belted dress is a great option too, and the belt adds to an already-polished look.
Theory Satin Jumpsuit
In Her Words
Thoughts from our members:
"This was great! Very flattering"
"First jumpsuit ever- I might be addicted!"
2. Smart Stripes
After trusty neutrals, stripes would be the next best addition to a stylish work wardrobe. Muted stripes work best for workwear. Stripes for work is not a novel idea but there is a lot more variety out there apart from classic button downs. Put a fresh spin to stripes with these sharp dresses from Boden. Instead of straight lines, these prints create the illusion of a striped pattern.
3. Pretty Prints
Understated prints are a perennial favorite of mine. This Yumi Kim signature silk dress adds flair to workwear while still keeping it formal. This is also a lovely piece to wear when you’re out socializing for business or for an office party. It’s dressy enough for cocktails and sophisticated enough to show you mean business.
Also, if you happen to be in the Seattle area, be sure to sign up for Armoire’s first Style Series session: The Science Behind Dressing For Success here. This session will dig into personal branding and the role image and appearance plays. This is not about looks or beauty, but appearance as a part of an overall executive presence.
Ladies, keep going strong with your fabulous work, and please tag @armoire.for.all to show me some of the business-casual looks you’re rocking…