Entering the workforce can be a scary and an exciting new experience. Your life is changing, and with change comes a new wardrobe! Torn jeans and Toms are no longer considered appropriate, and slacks and collared shirts have come to stay. Adjusting can be a difficult transition and finding a balance between your personal style and company policy can be stiffening. Here are some tips that may help you find your balance.
Accessorizing is key:
Try finding a good mixture of your personal style and what other coworkers wear. Try a slightly more conservative version or your regular style. For example if you regularly wear heavily studded chokers and bullet belts, try a simple bullet necklace and a daintily studded bracelet.
Branch out with colors:
Wearing brown, black, grey and white can get boring, quick! Instead reach for your blues, coral pinks, peach and hues of green. Don't be afraid to try out new colors like deep purple, and maroon. Changing the color of a common article of clothing in the workforce can also do wonders for an outfit. For example, a white blazer stands out amongst a sea of grays and blacks. Life is full of color, and although it may not be in your hair anymore it can still be on your clothes.
Take some patterns for a test run! Patterns can be a hit or a miss, but you just have to see what works best with you. Try stripes, polka dots, zigzags or simple flowers. Anything in moderation can be acceptable in the work place.
Explore new colors and styles. Try a simple pair of flats in a unique color! Try on some kitty heels and pointy flats, test them out with pants and skirts and see what fits best. Don't forget to buy enough no show socks. No one likes smelly feet!
Styles of clothing:
If you can’t get rid of your favorite crop top, try pairing it with a high waist pencil skirt and throw on a blazer. If you love your t-shirts, make sure they look like new and test out some collared necklaces, it might jazz it up just enough to get away with it. Lace is also a nice alternative to dawning bare skin in the office. Lace provides just a hint of skin and yet you are covered sufficiently.
Mix and Match:
Lastly, mix and match all of it! Try out a funky pattern in a conservative color or vis versa. Test out some punk jewelry with a peach pink blouse. Mix and match fashion styles too! Most eye catching outfits come from mixing and matching everything. Don't be afraid to try new things and shop around. Its all about self-expression.