We all want to look great at work. A good professional image can lift our self-confidence, earn respect from others, and even lead to a promotion. Looking good makes we feel better, which can often make we “perform” better. The tips below show two ways of thinking when making important spending decisions regarding your professional wardrobe.
“Critical Basics” need some investing
A well-tailored suit is an important spending if the suit is a must-have item in your professional wardrobe. It’s especially useful if you’re someone who doesn’t go up and down in size often. A great suit can be put together with a difference of shirts/ tops and accessories to look different week after week.
Some basics can have for a bargain
If you’re using basic core pieces for work (pants, trousers, blazers, skirts) and you’re looking at neutral colors (black, brown, charcoal, navy), why spend the big bucks? Look for moderately priced lines and clean details. The simpler the pieces, the easier it is to make them look expensive if the outfit well puts together.
Accessorize by spending on quality and timelessness
Accessories will bring magic to your wardrobe if outfits are classic. You always look great if you buy lasting pieces of jewelry in colors. To utilize your pricier accessories, consider bringing them over into your weekend / upscale-casual wardrobe as well. Quality handbags that well proportioned to your body can be a great investment.
Test-Accessorize with a tight budget
Buy diamonds or pearls that have a look you want at a very low cost compared to real ones. Costume jewelry is a great way to add a lot of variety to simple outfits. They can make you feel current, modern and in-style. If you’re someone who gets bored easily, a lower price point is best for experimenting with different looks.
If you’re going to go bright, spend liberally
A person who wears color well can really stand out in the workplace. It could be part of your brand. Brighter colors look best in quality fabrics, so be prepared to spend money to get the best available.
Budgetize your neutrals
Keeping to a neutral color palette may seem boring, but in most business settings, your clothes shouldn’t be shouting at others. A touch of color in items like ties, scarves, the stripe in a shirt, the color of fruit, can be perfectly sufficient. Neutral colors look more expensive in workpieces, saving you money to spend on accessories.
Classic details are “OK” to spend on
Symbols of prestige can carry weight in the business world, depending of course on what you do. A leather briefcase, a gold watch, and expensive wingtips can send a signal that you are highly successful and competent at what you do. Spend more on the details that send the message of success that you want others to notice.
Avoid devouring details of extravagance
Pricey watches can’t hide incompetence for long. If you’re using symbols to prove something that isn’t already there, you’re wasting your money! Get the experience and education you need to be great at what you do and then reward yourself with those symbols of success. In the meantime, keep your modestly priced shoes polished. Wear appropriate watches to work that don’t receive undue attention.
We recognize it can be hard to make these spending decisions alone. Let us know how we can help you make the best choices.
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