Looking put together is easier than you might think. There are a few simple things you can do to polish off the beautiful, strong, hard-working woman you already are! Step into your work with an extra dose of confidence as you put your best foot forward.
Step 1: Tailoring your work clothes. Now, if you've never had something tailored before this could sound intimidating or unrealistic. BUT, it's a lot easier and oftentimes, more affordable than you would think. Unless you are getting something custom-made to fit you, the clothes you buy are made to fit anyone, they are not made to fit you. Start with a pair of dress pants. You should be most concerned with how your dress pants are fitting through the widest part of your lower body. For example, if your rear end is the widest part start with a pair of pants that fit you perfectly and comfortably there. Typically, this will leave you with extra room in the waist, ankle (if they are a slim fit) and/or length. Ask a friend or co-worker where they get things tailored, word-of-mouth recommendations are always best in a situation like this. Take your new pants to the tailor so he/she can now fit the rest of the pant to YOU!
Step 2: Ironing. This might sound simple or even obvious, but showing up to work in a wrinkled outfit is not a good look. We all suffer from rushing out the door in the morning and that extra 5-10 minutes you could have spent ironing was spent catching some extra zzz's. Now, raise your hand if you need some alternative ideas to ironing because you're about to stop reading. If ironing just isn't for you, try:
- Steaming. If you've never used a steamer your life will be changed, well at least your morning will. Steamers like this one are an investment, but one that will pay off in the long run. If you would rather test this new way of life out first, try something smaller like this.
- Iron Prep. It's like food prep Sunday's except ironing! Now you don't have to devote hours of your weekend to this, start by getting the wrinkles out of 2-3 outfits a week for those emergency mornings when it's just NOT going to happen.
- Wrinkle-free clothing. We live in a beautiful age where wrinkle-free garments exist, take advantage of this gift!
- Dry Cleaning. If none of the above work, drop a few items off to the dry cleaners and they will take care of it for you.
Keep it simple, is the golden rule of accessorizing at work. A great way to do this with little effort is finding a sleek and neutral watch that will go with anything. Another bonus to this new accessory is it keeps you from being glued to your phone to "check the time."
Being late happens, but if it happens so much that your co-workers expect it from you, that is probably not a reputation that will get you far. If you are sluggish in the mornings, try testing a timer while you get ready, it might just bring out the right dose of competitiveness in you that gets you out the door on time!