Tips for Upgrading Your Work Wardrobe

What you wear to work says a lot about you, and can subtly help push your career in new directions. The right outfits can showcase both your style and professionalism and remind your boss just how tuned in to details you are. But, like everything in fashion, workwear changes and evolves over time. Whether you are starting a new job, have just earned a promotion, or are just ready to refresh your look, now it the perfect time to upgrade your work wardrobe.

Add personality

Black blazers, pencil skirts and crisp button-down tops are no longer the only options when it comes to dressing for the workday. Today’s workplace fashion allows for much more personality and style. Leather jackets, bold florals, animal prints, and asymmetrical tops all have a place in your office wardrobe. But, that doesn’t mean you should give in to every trend. The key is to look for high-quality, fashionable pieces in conservative cuts from designers like Joseph Ribkoff. Then, mix and match with faithful classics, such as solid sheath dresses, twin sets, cardigans and silk blouses.

Get organized with a leather bag and wallet

Never overlook the power of a handbag. Far from just another accessory, your handbag is an organizational tool for schlepping back and forth everything from files and your laptop to a change of clothes for your lunchtime workout. Hauling around a reusable grocery bag or a canvas tote is a no go for creating a professional look, so invest in a beautiful leather handbag in a neutral shade.  And, don’t forget about what goes inside. There is nothing less professional than pawing through a disorganized bag in search of a business card when meeting a potential client, so add a leather wallet, such as to your wardrobed.

Find a good tailor

Even a high-quality outfit in your favorite shade can look unprofessional if it does not fit well. Rather than dragging your pant hems or bunches too-long shirt sleeves up, find a talented tailor. Not only will tailored clothing look better, but it will also feel more comfortable, which means you will reach for those pieces more often. On top of perfecting fit issues, a tailor can help redesign pieces that aren’t working for you. If you have items that fallen out of fashion due to the silhouette, or pieces that you like but don’t love, ask your tailor if they can work a bit of magic.

Clean out your closet

Sometimes upgrading your wardrobe isn’t about adding something; it’s about letting go of the things that aren’t serving you well. Dedicate a day off to a complete closet overhaul and be honest with yourself about the things you should purge. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, is stained or torn, is uncomfortable, is outdated or that you just don’t wear. Then organize everything that remains. When you have a tidy closet, that isn’t overflowing with useless items, you will be able to find the things you really want to wear. When your favorite workwear pieces are at your fingertips, you will be able to create a professional outfit in minutes.