It’s not unusual to buy an outfit specifically for a particular setting, or for a certain date in your diary.
We can often spend weeks choosing the right dress for a big night out, and months mulling over what to wear to our best friend’s wedding. Then there’s the question of how to dress at a job interview. January is already a tough month, (Christmas is nothing but a distant memory at this point and the sales are calling to us) without piling on the added pressures of interview attire. Generally speaking, interview outfits should be tailored to the type of company you’re applying to – but it’s always best to go smarter than you’d usually dress.
Once you’ve secured said job, it’s important to continue to dress in a way that makes you feel professional, comfortable and self-assured. Leaving the house in a confidence-boosting outfit can make you feel capable of taking on the world – and confidence is an all-important element in getting that promotion you’ve been aiming for.
So with that in mind, here are three simple power dressing tricks to help you put your best foot forward.
The power suit
If you work in an office and want to wear a suit, long gone are the days where you had to stick to a simple black or grey option. This season, suits are all about making a statement. We’re talking cord textures, checked and animal prints and powerful punchy hues.
The best part is that you can wear the trousers and blazer as separates to enhance other outfits too – the perfect additions. You’ll end up getting so much wear out of your new suit that it’ll stretch far beyond strictly work wear.
Wear your suit jacket over a T-shirt, blouse or high neck top, and flats, heels or boots on your feet. Whatever you choose, the suit will keep you looking smart and show your colleagues you’re prepared to wear the trousers.
The best part about this rich berry-coloured suit is that it’ll work across all seasons. Layer over a white T-shirt and push up the sleeves for an effortless edge.
Struggle to find a suit that fits without having to get it tailored? Top shop has created this same style in mainline, tall and petite so the leg lengths will suit all heights.
Update your everyday work wear with an Acne Studios striped suit and you’ll never look back. Try teaming with trainers and a roll neck if you’ve got a laid back office.
These are the trousers you can wear for work with the matching blazer, to brunch with a cosy knit and for after-dark with a racer vest. Perfect.
The silky slip skirt
The usual work wear attire of the pencil skirt has been swapped for a floaty, silky slip instead. Last year it was all about that Top shop slip skirt that kept selling out and getting restocked in multiple prints and colours. Now, has updated the slip with pleats and Vince has gone for spring-ready soft hues.
The power of the slip is clear, and it’ll go with anything from blazers and fine knits to the crisp white shirt. There’s something luxurious about putting on silky fabrics that makes us feel instantly happy.