It’s challenging to dress for work in the morning. Especially when you spent all night binge watching your favorite shows, partying hard with your best girls, chatting it up with your hubby, or whatever kind of good night you had that kept you up until the wee hours of the night. Whatever it was, in the end, it makes waking up in the morning hard. But it makes it twice as hard when you realize you have to dress appropriately for work the next morning. It’s not casual Friday (or Thursday in some countries), so we can’t slack off and wear leggings and an oversized sweater all day long – unless your company allows it then we should all work there. But for those who have to endure the pain of dressing up professionally every morning, worry not; I have 3 tips to keep you fabulous for work when time seems to be too short.
There are some people who already mastered the art of dressing fabulously every morning, even after they’ve had a long, tiresome night. And I applaud the masters of this art. You go, girl! (Or guy!), you’re an inspiration to all of us! But there are just some of us who don’t have the strength and the brainpower to use their fashion senses to dress appropriately for the office. It can be such a challenge, but it’s a challenge we’re willing to take for the sake of feeling fabulous when you walk into that office.
Know Your Style
Instead of wearing the usual black and white pants suit that we wear every day, time to spice it up a bit. Bring your personality into the outfit and add some color. Bring in those bright, or dark colors into your office clothes. Whether it’s a dark blue velvet blazer, or an all black blouse and skirt, know your style and work it.
“How does this get me ready in the morning”, you might be thinking. Knowing your own style is the first step to dressing up – well, duh! Preschool stuff. When you know what your style is, it makes it easier and quicker for you to grab items from your closet and put on; hence, it may help you get ready faster.
If you know your own style, then good for you! But if you’re still on the hunt for self-style-covery, you can turn to Pinterest, Tumblr, or Fashion Blogs for inspiration. Pick out your favorite outfits, save them in a folder or make a pin board, or ten, on Pinterest and when you go back and look at the photos you chose, you will see your personal style right there in those photos. There are really great corporate outfits out there, you just have to hunt them down and pin, pin, pin (or save, save, save). If you ever doubt, look back at those photos and get inspired.
Plan It Out
Now that you know what your personal style is, this is the easy part. Before bed, plan out and/or lay out your outfit for the next day. If you completely forget to lay out your clothes for tomorrow and are already comfortable under your covers, plan it out in your head. Imagine yourself putting on those fabulous clothes, and walking into your office. In my experience, if you put your outfits into action, with scenes, there will be a chance you’ll remember it the next morning.
Perhaps imagine yourself getting a promotion while you’re at it, there is no harm fantasizing, is there?
Shop for It
This is in line with my first point. When you feel like you’ve worn every single blazer, blouse, skirt, and dress, to work, and you’re done mixing and matching that blouse with that skirt, etc. Before spending your money on that gorgeous, new dress you saw on sale the other day, Pinterest outfits first. It’s always safer to get an idea on what type of outfit you’re aiming to get before you hit the shops. There are multiple corporate outfit inspirations out there for you to check out and get a clear idea on what you want, aka your style.
Going into a shop blind; not literally, of course, increases the risk of you splurging. We don’t want to spend all of that hard-earned cash on one go because the guilt will definitely need some therapy.
Once you’ve got an idea of what you should be looking for, make a budget because budgeting is very important, so take care, not to splurge too much. I suggest shopping with a friend and tell them in advance to stop you when you consider purchasing an item that you don’t really need. It’s safer.
With all that said and done, I hope we can all dress up efficiently enough to get our lazy but highly-professional butts into the office every morning. Remember, dressing nice doesn’t only make you look good but it also makes you feel great, awesome, and ready to take on anything that comes at you.
What do you think of these tips? Do you agree with them? Would you give them a trial run?
What you do to dress up for work when time seems to be too short?
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