“What will I wear today”?
A nagging little thought that often interrupts my dozing and forces me out of bed in the mornings.
Looking well put together at work is easy if you have the know-how. Pre-planning an outfit makes the morning run smoother, saves time and lets you start the day smiling rather than grumpy.
Planning sounds easy and it is if you follow a few guidelines. There is a whole lot of practice and a tiny bit of magic when it comes to working in style. Figure out the practical and the magic will take care of itself.
After all, magic is really another word for confidence. Self-confidence is the secret to impeccable style and taking the time to plan what we wear is the key.
Style Notes: Wear What Works
Planning a work wardrobe.
A wardrobe that is appropriate and good-looking for your workplace requires thought. Knowing your individual style and what suits really saves time. Make sure to take time to put outfits together, know how to accessorize them before they are needed. An hour spent on the weekend can save much fluster throughout the week.
Comfort is a huge factor. Being comfortable in what you wear to work makes concentration better. Worrying all day about a bad fit or an indelicate stain because time ran out for the dry cleaner is way too stressful.
Co-ordinated wardrobe. The idea that pieces work together and independently makes dressing so much easier. A capsule collection forms the basis of any good work wardrobe.
Palette. Recognising the colours that are most flattering and living within that palette not only makes us feel and look fabulous but also takes the guesswork out of accessorising.
Duplicate success. When an outfit works, double up. Change the colour or the fabric but a winner is a winner every season.
Update regularly. Follow trends that work for us and add a twist to the classic. Workwear does not need to be dull and old-fashioned and can transition seamlessly into the evening.
Dressing in style for the workplace, to travel, for leisure or even simply relaxing at home comes together effortlessly if we plan.
A minute or two spent now can feel like forever later. xv
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