Whether you have just graduated and are entering a new position or going through a career change. It is important that you dress the part. I remember in College my professors constantly reminding us, if you dress like a business person you will feel confident and success will follow! The question is though, how do you dress for success when you are just entering into these new positions? Realistically you will not be making an annual salary that will support buying $1000 suits or owning a different outfit for every day of the week. So how does one dress for success before reaching full success? Here are a few tips. Keep in mind these tips may not get you through years or meetings, conferences or extravagant dinners, but they will help keep you looking fresh and clean for your day to day office work for at least the first 6 months at a new job.
- Keep it Simple
It is important to remember that you do not need to have a quantity but rather quality. When starting out all you need is the BASICS. Woman: One or two pant suits, a blazer, pencil skirt, and an appropriate dress are a great beginning. Be sure to buy neutral colors that you can mix and match. Men: Have a few suites with different coloured dress shirts that you can mix and match to create multiple outfits. If you buy quality over quantity and pair different outfits together, the clothing will last longer and hopefully your colleagues will not notice you’ve worn the same blazer three days this week!
Learn to accessorize! This will draw the attention away from the simple five outfits that you have and allow you to dress up or down your wardrobe for different events and functions. Woman focus on shoes, hand bags and jewelry (Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, hair clips, watches, belt, purchases etc.). These items can be expensive or inexpensive, if you shop in the right locations – ZARA and H&M are your friend! Men you can easily make an outfit look different based on the shoes and tie. Check out HUDSONS BAY for great deals on ties!
- Know Where to Shop
It is good to know WHERE to shop and WHEN to shop. Department stores and outlet malls as you probably already know, are your best friend when buying on a budget. These are really one stop shop locations, you can get shoes, accessories and multiple outfits typically for a good price do not be afraid to check out that sale rack! Knowing when to shop is almost as important as where. First, never shop around Christmas. January, February, May and August are the best times to shop because end of season sales are THE BEST! Finally, if you know your size, shop online! A lot of stores have a selection they only offer online and a lot of times the prices will be less. Cyber Monday is a great way to catch awesome deals all from the comfort of your couch!
Keep in mind the three tips above and check out the must-read article called Building A Business Wardrobe From the Ground Up. I hope this article will help you Dress for Success on a Budget. Always remember, when you look good, you feel good! You cannot put a price on confidence.
If you have any questions about these tips please call our office at 604-606-1831 and speak to Danielle, Andrea or Melissa!