If you work 40 hours a week, you’ll spend approximately 90,360 hours working in your lifetime. If you consider this number, you can go as far as to say that your work consumers 1/3 of your life on an average. With work taking so much time from our lives, isn’t it crucial that you look good and feel confident when you’re at your workplace?
Instead of waking up tired, grabbing whatever you can get your hands on in the morning and head out to work, you need to make it a point to pick out your clothes carefully. If you really want to feel invested in your role as a professional, you shouldn’t just focus on your work duties, but also on yourself. How can you give your best and reach your potential unless you know that you look good and feel great too?
According to research, feeling professional and confident has a lot to do with the way you dress. However, while there are some runway-worthy outfits that you could choose, we’ve gathered a list of 6 things that you should wear to work.
These essentials should be your immediate go-to when you’re having a hard time selecting an outfit because they will give your confidence an instant boost.
Here’s what you’ll need.
- A leather jacket
This one had to be the first on our list because who can do without a pink leather jacket? A genuine leather jacket is your ticket to getting the cool girl status at your workplace because it goes with almost everything you wear. It’s effortless and will make you look like a celebrity the moment you slip it on your shoulders.
If you’ve seen a few cool girl chick flicks, you’ll realize that this one piece of clothing can tell the world that no one should mess with you. The type of jacket you go for depends entirely on you and your taste because everything from bombers to bikers will look good as long as you wear them with an air of self-assurance.
- Your favorite shade of lipstick
According to a Procter and Gamble funded research, the right kind of makeup can help you look more professional. Just wearing a red, or any other color of lipstick that you fancy can up your game and make you look poised and confident.
Moreover, while you shouldn’t wear makeup that makes you look like you were trying too hard, you shouldn’t be afraid of going for a subtle, professional look. A part of a foundation combined with a perfect created winged liner and your best lipstick shade can help you go a long way when you’re trying to get the right message across.
- Killer yet comfortable pair of shoes
The way you cover your feet when you’re at your work matters a lot when it comes to exuding confidence. While most people believe that heels or stilettoes are the only way to go, the truth is that what matters most is what you’re comfortable in.
While it is a fact that high-heeled shoes do make you feel more certain about yourself, you shouldn’t wear anything that is too painful to walk in.
Instead, select a pair of ballet shoes or pumps because even these can do a great job at taking your complete look up a couple of notches. Also, whether you buy heels or flats, make sure they are the right fit otherwise you’ll have a hard time walking in them.
- A feel good and look great dress
Sometimes, when you’re out of options, you just want to grab that flowy dress that you look good in and step out to slay the world. Whether short or long, snug or loose, you should own a dress that just makes you look like diva whenever you wear it.
The thing about a dress is that it is an instant crowd pleaser and doesn’t require a lot of effort because all you’ll need to do is to throw it over your head, grab a few essential accessories, put on your shoes, and voila, you’re done!
In fact, this piece of clothing is also perfect because it doesn’t just make you feel confident when you’re wearing it, but will also help you feel good when you think about all the compliments you got when you wore it.
- A lady-like perky skirt
While it’s all well and dandy to own a couple of professional suit skirts for meetings and presentations, you cannot underestimate what a long, frivolous skirt can do.
Sometimes, when you want to step out of your comfort zone and do something a little different, this skirt in your wardrobe will serve as your best option. Though you won’t be able to match it with every shirt you have in your closet, it’s perfect for occasions when you want to feel lighthearted and lady-like.
Stick to neutral tones if you’re wearing a brighter shirt or something a little bolder if you don’t think it would be inappropriate for your work environment.
- A pair of well-tailored pants
Finally, our list of the six essentials cannot be complete without a pair of trousers that fit you like they were tailor-made for your body. Dress pants are the epitome of perfection for someone who is a minimalist because they work great with polished pieces such as button-down shirts or blazers, and look fun when paired with crop tops, chunky sweaters, or other such casuals.
However, if you aim to look professional and confident, you have to make sure that they are the right fit. Know your size and don’t forget to try them out before you wear them to work, so you’re sure they look good.
Remember that confidence comes from within. If you’re satisfied with who you’re and how you look, the rest of the world will follow in your footsteps. While you have the power to turn every outfit into a confidence-booster, the 6 things we’ve listed down will help you get the look without a lot of effort.