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Dress for the Job You Want

Dress for the Job You Want

by Nicole Phillips

It’s imperative as you advance throughout your career that you dress the part—or better yet, dress for the job you want. WIth a perfectly curated LinkedIn profile, a beautifully crafted resume and a cover letter full of well deserved lady-brags, be sure that you’re dressed and ready to take on your career and smash every glass ceiling on the way up.

Creating the ideal wardrobe doesn’t have to be an afterthought or an overwhelming task . It’s all about investing in staple pieces that will yield 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 choosing pieces that show your colleagues that you’re here to play.

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

Tech Savvy Fashionista

It can be challenging working in a male-dominated field but you 100% belong and you know it. From long hours coding a major project, to developing an app for a client, your days are long and consuming. Look for work staples that project a cool and confident vibe.

• Have fun with the “Third Piece” - something that makes the foundation (pants and a top), pop. Invest in pieces like an elevated blazer done in an unexpected color.

• A great pair of trousers can make an outfit and works well with a casual top or simple blazer. Because you tend to spend long days at the office, look for a pair that is stylish and comfortable.

• LBD? How about LBJ (Little Black Jumpsuit)? Just like a great little black dress, a little black jumpsuit is not only versatile but a wardrobe staple that you will go back to regularly. Look for jumpsuits with details that spark conversation and takes you from the office to Happy Hour.

Digital Content Creator

Since your career is in the creative field, you’re likely to either have adopted your style aesthetic early on in your life or you’re constantly evolving and looking for new trends to try and play with. Creating content may be how you make your living, but you’re no wallflower when it comes to showcasing your own personal style, perhaps as an influencer or stylecaster. Invest in a few key pieces that are fun and on-trend but timeless. Because your daily office may move from a studio to a location to your home office, you need pieces that are as flexible as you are.

• A lightweight jumpsuit is perfect for your busy schedule and moves with you when you need to capture the perfect shot.

• Every creative professional needs a dress that makes a real statement and is camera ready. Look for dresses with fun prints and bold colors for summer.

• You can never go wrong with a jacket that you can wear casually with jeans and a tee and dress up over a LBD. Look for interesting details and fresh silhouettes.

Corporate Jetsetter

You may collect sky miles like it’s your actual career and spend many working hours mile high prepping for your next meeting, but that doesn’t mean that your work style has to take a back seat. Because you are always on the go, you need pieces that you can wear for late night dinner meetings, early morning networking lattes and still be ready to explore the city you’re visiting with friends and colleagues. Not only do you need clothing that travels well, you need to look perfectly polished and ready to make a lasting impression at your next business function.

• A chic and stylish LBD is a must for any corporate climber. Look for one that is sophisticated and works for many different destinations and functions.

• Meeting a new client or networking in a new city? Find a statement blouse that can be paired with a great fitted skirt or stylish culottes.

• You can never go wrong with a neutral jacket. Wear it with a printed sundress for a casual brunch meeting or dress it up over a collared button down and high-waisted trousers.

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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