1.What is your work environment?
What you wear should depend on the work environment. Is your job business creative, corporate or business casual? This will set the tone for what style you go for and what should be in your closet.
2. What do you have going on today?
You should always know beforehand what you will be doing/accomplishing at work before you go in. Will you be at your desk? Leading a meeting or giving a presentation? Going to a function or grabbing drinks after work? These are all factors to consider when choosing your outfit for the day. When in doubt, I like to start with a cute white shirt this can be dressed up or down. Whether it’s with jeans, pants or a skirt you can always throw a blazer on with some jewelry and be set to rock the day!
3. Who are you meeting with?
Will you be meeting a new hire, intern, interviewing a future employee or going out to lunch with a professional? These are all things to consider when planning your outfit. You never know who you will run into or who may also be at a meeting.
4. Am I dressing for the job I want, or the one I have?
Always, dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Dress like a boss! Even if you hate your job, it’s worth it to put a little extra effort into your appearance – you never know who you may end up meeting.
5. Heels or flats?
Okay, I hate flats! But, it’s a staple piece every professional should have in her closet. I would go for a basic nude and black. If you don’t like flats like me, invest in a nice pair of sandals (Jack Rogers or Steve Madden). I also recommend a few nice pairs of heels or wedges.
*Tip: If you work in the city like I do, go to work in sneakers or flip flops and change into your shoes when you get to your desk. This will allow for less blisters and a comfortable walk to the office.
6. Are Jeans Okay?
If you work in a corporate or business casual environment jeans during the week are usually a no, unless it’s Friday. Some offices who offer Summer Friday’s allow employees to ware casual attire/ jeans on Thursday. (Check into your company’s office culture!).