5 Styling Tips to Show Your Work Wardrobe Who’s Boss

work wardrobeIf you gave your work wardrobe a performance review, would it earn a bonus or receive a stern reprimand?

If your 9-to-5 style is under-performing, these quick tips can boost its productivity.

1. Re-evaluate your mission statement.

Like it or not, the clothes you wear on a regular basis send a message to the world.

Take a moment to consider what kind of message you’re putting out there, and then ask yourself if it matches the message you want to send.

Do you want the world to know you’re creative, beautiful, smart, put-together, down to earth, free-spirited, or successful?

Dress for it — and don’t pigeonhole yourself.

Personal style is usually a mix of several aesthetics. Focus on one or two primary objectives to build your capsule wardrobe, and then add others in the form of statement pieces and accessories.

2. Fire the under-performers.

You know the ones. That top that has a tendency of riding up when you bend over even an inch… the party dress that’s dangerously short… the sweater that’s stupid-itchy… the jeans that have a permanent soy sauce stain on the right thigh.

Why are you holding on to these pieces when they only cause you grief?

Let them go. Part ways. Terminate the relationship. Their time in your closet is through.

3. Promote your favorites.

Now, let’s talk about the hard workers. Every style guru recommends taking an inventory of your closet to see what you actually wear on a regular basis (and what’s just taking up valuable space).

Take a week and see which styles you naturally gravitate to and which pieces you’d live in if you could, and then make a note of what makes those styles so great.

You’ll probably notice a few trends emerge. Maybe all of the clothes you love are super comfortable, maybe they’re all long-sleeved, or maybe they’re all black or navy. Whatever works, go with it — and add these defining features to your mission statement.

4. Invest in quality pieces.

There’s nothing like the thrill of a deep discount, right? I hear you, but there’s also nothing like having a long-term relationship with the right clothes.

Here’s my advice: Invest in clothing that fits your body, your closet, and your life.

These pieces should flatter your unique proportions, work with your existing closet, and complement your lifestyle (right down to the care instructions).

If you can check all three of those things off the list, then you’re looking at a wardrobe winner.

5. Make sure it’s a good fit.

Want to know the secret to looking like a million bucks? Stop buying clothes with a one-size-fits-all mentality.

As women, we really got the short end of the stick when it comes to clothing sizes. They’re all over the place.

A size 6 is a size 4 is a size XXS. (Thanks, retail companies.)

Do yourself a favor and break out the tape measure. Jot down your bust, waist, and hip measurements, and then shop accordingly.

Also, if you’re 5’4″ and under or 5’8″ and taller, you really need to shop in the petite and tall sections, respectively.

And if something you love just isn’t quite right, take it to a tailor.

Is your work wardrobe fit for the job, or is it in need of a pink slip? Let us know in the comments!

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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