If you want to make an impression at your workplace, the mantra lies in striking a balance between functional and stylish clothes. Remember, if your neckline is too low, it might distract others. Employers want efficient workers who can make a difference in their balance sheets not their male employees` heart beat. Evolve a style that is distinctly you - comfortable yet stylish. And see the difference!
If you are a trainee or a fresh employee, take a cue from your boss. Initially you can get away with a casual look. But you need to learn fast to survive in the long run. Especially, if yours is not a `behind-the-desk` job but something which requires formal dressing. Maintain a strong but clean and non-fussy style statement.
There`s a fine line between fashion and drama. Don`t fall victim to frenzied fashion trends.
Personal hygiene is very important for a well-groomed look. You don`t want others to turn their face when you lift your arms, do you? A good bath followed by anti-perspirant or deodorant is a must.
Perfume is not just an accessory. Apparently, smell is considered a fastest stimulant to the brain. So, choose a perfume that will put you in a mood for work.
Brandishing labels at work is not sensible or fashionable, especially other company logos! If you wear them, be discreet.
Avoid too much jewellery. Stick to a small ear stud, either in diamond or pearl for a chic look. Choose an elegant watch.
The cut, finish and choice of the fabric are very important. Avoid wearing street fashion or export surplus clothes for work. It may be great for lounging but definitely not for work. Stick to classic pieces in basic colours and wrinkle free fabric to beat the morning rush.
If you are Top Heavy...
Avoid tight T-shirts, small stretchy shirt that will gape, or oversized tops that will make you look even heavier. Instead, go for V-necks that will accentuate your throat and draw attention away from your bulging busts.
Invest in good bras. Try minimisers, if you are very conscious.
A wide-leg trouser or a long skirt will even out your shape.
If you are Pear Shaped...
Do not wear hipsters or tight fitting pants with short tops. Avoid trousers with elastic bands or light colour ones that will emphasise your thunder thighs. The focus should be on your top half.
Wear long tops with narrow pants or straight skirts for a slim profile.
If you are Overweight...
Avoid layers of clothes. It will only add to the bulk of your frame. No A-line skirts, loud patterns that will draw attention to your flaws.
Wearing high heels will make you look taller and thus slimmer.
Tailor your outfit in such a way that it will give you a slimmer outline.
Choose subtle colours like black and grey.
If you are Very Tall...
Avoid wearing high heels, three-quarter length sleeves and very short hair.
Wear V-neck tops that will accentuate your neck, making them look long and slim.
Try short skirts if you have good legs. It`ll make your legs go on forever.
Make sure you carry these essentials in your bag, in case of `emergencies`...
Powder compact. To dab on when your face start shining.
A lip-liner that can be used with most colours, probably a medium shade of brown.
A lighter and natural shade lipstick for morning and a darker shade for evening. Again, a neutral colour that will go with most of your outfits is preferable.
Your favourite perfume and deodorant.
Kohl pencil. (Avoid carrying liquid eyeliners, as there`s a chance of the contents spilling and spoiling your bag.)
A clean hairbrush and some tissues.