3 Ways to Dress for Success in the Workplace

Do you remember the days when you were super excited for the first day of school because you just couldn’t wait to show off the new outfits your parents bought you? You would lay your clothes out the night before, freshly ironed and ready to make their debut through the locker-lined “runways” of your local grade school.

As an adult, does whether or not you attend an outing depend on finding the perfect thing to wear? Well, it has been proven that what we wear definitely has an effect on our levels of productivity. Our attitudes and levels of confidence are often directly correlated to how we feel about our outward appearance. When we look our best, we feel our best, and our performance reflects just as much!

According to the Wall Street Journal, recent studies show that wearing a blazer or suit to work “could do wonders for an employee’s productivity, whether going into a negotiation, making a sales call, or even participating in a video-conference with business associates.” This doesn’t just apply to employees either; that suit could be the differentiation between whether you ace that job interview/class presentation or bomb it. For women, a customary business professional look consists of a black skirt or pant suit, a white blouse, black or flesh-colored tights, and black shoes. As a college student, budgets may be a little tight, but that shouldn’t prevent you from looking and feeling your best at all times!

Here are three very simple tips on how to get the best bang out of your buck for a crisp, professional, tailored look.

  1. You don’t have to spend high-end to look high-end. Stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshall’s have sections dedicated to business attire. H&M is also a very affordable option for a one-stop-shop, head-to-toe, office-ready look!
  2. Utilize your student status! Yes, being enrolled in school does come with its perks. Many establishments sympathize with the “struggling” college student and offer student discounts. A FREE membership with UNiDAYS can get you anywhere from 10%-40% off your total purchase at a variety of online stores like American Apparel, Topshop, and Missguided. All you need is your student e-mail address and a copy of your schedule to sign up.
  3. Last but not least, keep it simple: Save the extra flashy accessories and makeup for celebrating the new job you just scored or the “A” you just got in Principles of Speech. Remember, your best accessories are the ones that shine through from the inside out!
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