How to Dress Professionally When you are Used to Casual Clothes

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re all well! Today I wanted to give you all quick blog post about work attire as I know many of you have been requesting this.

A lot of organisations out there don’t specifically require their employees to dress professionally when they are at work. And if you are used to this jeans and t-shirt style of a work environment, it can be a challenge to switch to a style which is more ‘professional looking’. But there may be times when you feel like you need to dress up a little bit. Perhaps you will be giving a big presentation or you are attending a client meeting. Whatever the reason, here are a few tips which are designed to help you navigate this situation successfully.

Dress According to the Situation

If you are giving a presentation for a client who works in a traditional industry, you should be able to gauge how professionally that you need to dress. Of course, the way you dress isn’t everything, but it will make a difference to the delivery of your speech, both in how confident you feel and how your clients will perceive you. And if you are going to be attending a meeting along with others, you may want to coordinate what you are wearing, so that everyone is on the same page from the start.

Professional Attire

Traditionally, professional attire has always centred on wearing a suit, so if you don’t already have one, it is worth adding one to your wardrobe. Check out some women’s bespoke suits here. If you want it to stand the test of time, opt for a classic style which you know is not suddenly going to go out of style. Generally, it is a safer choice to go for neutral colours like dark blue or grey. Of course, if you feel like a suit is too dressed-up, you could always opt for something a little more understated such as a blouse and skirt combination.

Other Factors

There are other factors which are worth bearing in mind as well. First of all, your hair should be neat and clean. You may want to go for a tied-up style to stop it from getting in your eyes and causing a distraction. As for your makeup, it is better to go for something simple rather than anything frosted or glittery. And as for jewellery, you could pick one or two pieces such as stud earrings, a delicate necklace or rings. Apart from the way you look, the way that you conduct yourself can end up making a big difference to your overall success with your presentation or meeting. For example, you will appear much more confident if you sit or stand up straight. A simple smile can go a long way towards making you appear more friendly and approachable.

Adding some professional attire to your wardrobe is a good idea so that you can bring it out when you need it. Follow this advice and you can help to create the right impression that you are going for.  

See you in my next post!



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