Professional Dress: What are you wearing?

Let’s face it after a while your beautiful suits in a variety of shades of colors are getting dull. What do you do to spice things up a bit, with remaining in the lines of professionalism? Your brand image is a reflection of who you are and what you represent.


First, look to what you have already. You likely have a variety of suits in color and cut. Take one piece from the suit and pair it with something NEW!

Second, look to what you do not have. Do you need to purchase maybe a bright colored necklace or jacket to add that extra piece of interest or flare to your look? Remember, grabbing that extra piece is easy to do. It’s just one piece that will make a difference. (For example: Take your black suit, break it up and purchase a bright skirt, wear it with a white colored shirt and a fun pair of pumps. You are all set to go and all you did was integrate a NEW skirt to change your look. You can also ditch the black suit jacket and swap it for a black wool coat.)


White blouse

Red skirt

Black wool coat


Third, get personal with your wardrobe. Maybe you need to begin again. Although this may seem a bit scary, I promise it is easier than you think. If you have been sick of the dull, boarding cut and colors you are consistently wearing, create a NEW plan of what you want to do. What is your personal brand image? How are you representing your company & yourself? This question will help determine how you approach purging and filling your wardrobe. Maybe gathering bold patterns and solid bright colors in apparel pieces and or accessories will help you get there. Remember it does not have to be complicated. You can always pattern match as well! When re-working your wardrobe, it is all about you and your lifestyle. (For example: Find a bold pattern in a few dresses and then pair with a bright colored jacket or accessory piece. Remember, you can always integrate an existing suit jacket with a bold pattern and a bright accessory.)


Floral print jacket

Vintage striped dress

Black, velvet pumps, by Jessica Simpson


Fourth, start off small. If you have been dressing mono-chromatically for a long time, re-working bold patterns and bright colors into your wardrobe all at once may be a bit overwhelming. Instead of making this change all at once, choose small items over a period of time. Set a goal for yourself on items you want to eventually replace. (For example: Choose maybe a few solid colored dresses and pair with a neutral suit jacket. Another tip would be, taking your neutral suit, add a solid colored top and a corresponding colorful necklace. These small steps will help you grow into the personal style goals you have set for yourself.)


Camel Suit jacket

Green dress

Leopard pumps, by Sam Edelman



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