Dress for the Job You Want

Dress for the Job You Want

by Nicole Phillips

Making a memorable first impression is imperative. Particularly when climbing that corporate ladder and smashing every glass ceilings on the way up, your resume and LinkedIn profile aren’t the only things that need a refresh every few months.

Curating the wardrobe for the career you want doesn’t have to be an afterthought or an overwhelming task . It’s all about investing in staple pieces that will create multiple outfits and keep you looking fresh, stylish and employable. Whether you’re a creative professional or work in the corporate world, it’s important to highlight your personal style and create that first impression that will help elevate your career.

Here are some key style tips to help build a tailored wardrobe for your growing career:

CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL

Because you work in the creative field, you have more flexibility when curating your workwear wardrobe. But it’s still important to appear polished and professional if you have your sights set on moving up in your field.

Have fun with the 3rd piece - something that makes the foundation (pants and a top), pop. Invest in pieces like an elevated leather jacket or statement making embroidered coat.

Try sticking to one piece that stands out from the rest. A skirt with a great print or texture paired with a tailored tank in a bold color feels elevated but unassuming.

LBD? How about LBJ (Little Black Jumpsuit)? This is actually a piece that every fashion lover needs because you can pair it with anything. Dress is up with a dramatic Open Tunic or dress it down with a pair of slides.

CORPORATE CLIMBER

Your love of fashion doesn’t have to be stifled by working in a corporate setting. Try investing in pieces that feel very high-end and command the attention of a boardroom.

You’re likely to have a few power suits in your closet so why not try something different. A wrap jacket and matching pant is a great investment that you’ll be able to mix with pieces you already have in your wardrobe.

A statement blazer is something that every wardrobe needs and if you’re looking to mix it up a bit, try to go for prints and new textures. You can pair it with your favorite LBD or jeans and a tee on Casual Fridays.

Speaking of an LBD — invest in ones that can take you from a meeting to a weeknight date night. Look for dresses with interesting details that feel different from your current standbys.

WORK FROM HOMEBODIES

Just because you share your office with your rescue dog and a pile of laundry, doesn’t mean that creating a wardrobe that works for your growing career isn’t as important as someone who works in an office. Between Skype meetings and impromptu business lunches, you need to make sure your work look is as flexible as your schedule.

Since many of your meetings require you to be dressed up from the waist up, investing in chic shirts and blouses is a must. Try a blouse in bold colors and standout patterns that feel luxe.

Meeting a new client for lunch and need to wow them? You can never go wrong with a shirtdress that feels effortless but looks like you’ve thought of everything.

A trench looks beautiful on any body and works for casual meetups and network events at private social clubs. Invest in ones that make a statement and stand out so that everyone you meet remembers you the next morning.

It’s important to remember that when investing in your work-life wardrobe, that you stick to pieces you know you’ll wear outside of work too. Seek out styles that work for your weekends and most of all — make you feel like the powerful career-woman you are.

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