I recently moved to a very hot climate for a position I accepted in a creative career field (advertising). I am finding that the dress code is much different than what I am accustomed to in an office setting. My first job out of college was in the strict, banking industry, and now I’m left with a closet full of conservative clothing. How can I adjust my business attire on a limited budget? I’m not sure where to start! Thank you in advance. – Sarah
Warmer temps and a more colorful office environment certainly call for a few wardrobe tweaks, especially considering the different dynamic in your new field. Here are my etiquette suggestions…
Begin with a few quality staples, adding color to your office basics. Along with your current neutral and softer shades, add a bold pink, green or eggplant. Include a dress in a color other than blue or gray, and brighten up your accessories. Don’t overdo it, however; less is always best.
Have fun with your cut. If you’ve had your eye on a fresh style, now may be the right time to make the change. Starting a new job in a new location calls for a refresh, and what better time than the present? If you decide you don’t like it, the good news is your hair will grow back out.
Never underestimate the power of a great pair of shoes. When you have more freedom than the standard black pump, opt for a trendier shoe. Keep your selections in line with your taste, and notice how a black dress is transformed with one simple swap.
Invest in eyewear. Add to your personal image with a trip to your local eyewear boutique. There are countless designers and shapes; reach for something that makes you feel confident and highlights your unique brand. Make sure you are comfortable wearing whatever pair of lenses you choose.
Give yourself some time to find a signature look. Updating your wardrobe may feel overwhelming. Ease into the evolution of your style by waiting for sales, and adding one or two new items each month. Soon, you’ll develop a closet that you’re excited to visit each morning.