Tips for being your best-dressed self at work

Many experts say that putting in that extra effort can make you happier and more productive at work. Having pride in your appearance has a positive effect on both your work as well as your relationships with both colleagues and customers.

At Advance Financial, we believe this holds true. If you look good, you’ll feel even better, and that positivity will help you provide incredible customer service. 

Here are a few simple ways to make sure that you’re dressed for success.

Keep it simple and professional

If you’re looking to dress to impress, but you’re not sure what a company expects you to wear, the best choice is to stick to the basics. You can’t go wrong with classic business wear like button-down shirts, khakis, and loafers for men, and blouses, slacks or pencil skirts and flats for women. Definitely keep your jeans, leggings and athletic wear at home. If your position has a uniform, as our retail employees do, you will know exactly what to wear! 

Make sure there aren’t any additional pieces your company requires. For example, the finishing touch to any outfit at Advance Financial is our name tag. This is something every employee wears, no matter where they work. If you have a hard time remembering to put it on – don’t worry! Keep your final touches in your car or bag that you bring to work every day.

There are plenty of resources online that break down what a dress code means and how to dress for them. Still confused? Just ask! It’s a lot easier to see for yourself once you start your job, but being ready on day one is a great way to set yourself up for success. 

Pay attention to style and fit

Make sure the clothes you choose are neat and appropriate. Tuck in shirts, check for stains and make sure undershirts don’t show. A good fit is also an important factor in choosing work clothes. Even the most professional outfit can look sloppy if it doesn’t quite fit. Make sure nothing is too tight, too short or too baggy. Choosing well-fitting clothes will help you stay comfortable as well as look great.

Yet, fitting well and looking nice does not necessarily mean a bigger price tag. You can find a lot of great items, at reasonable prices, at outlet stores and thrift shops. You can also get many style staples at affordable clothing stores such as Old Navy, T.J. Maxx, and even Target. Also, look for nicer pieces on reseller sites like Poshmark or eBay. There’s no reason to spend a fortune to dress your best every day. 

Stay Organized

Avoid the dreaded “I have nothing to wear!” moment by planning ahead. Simple tricks like choosing tomorrow’s outfit before you go to bed can save you time and energy in the morning. Picking out your clothes in advance also helps you arrive at work stress-free, setting you up for a happier, more productive day.

Finally, you should put effort into how you look every day – but not so much effort that you go over-the-top or stress yourself out. If you are someone who needs to plan ahead, set aside time to layout outfits that mix and match what you already have! 

Often, when we think we don’t have anything to wear, we haven’t tried a new outfit combination. Finally, don’t worry if dressing up is new to you! Start small and ask for feedback. You’ve got this, and now you are one step closer to bringing your best-dressed self to work!