Dressing for work doesn’t have to be that boring task you dread every morning. What you wear to work each day, can influence the way you perform in the office—from the way you’re perceived, to how confident you feel. There’s a reason why the quote “dress for the job you want, not the job you have” is constantly re-pinned and shared all over the internet.
Street-stylers usually don’t have average 9-5 desk jobs like you and I, but they know the power of a powerful outfit. Your goal (should you choose to accept) is to invest in key pieces that make getting dressed the easiest part of your day, but still makes you feel in control, confident, and ready to tackle the day ahead. We’re calling it power dressing.
We only have five months left of this year, so make sure it is your best-dressed yet. How? Use the remainder of the year to simplify and streamline your wardrobe so you can kick all your goals this year. Keep scrolling for our top tips and then shop pieces to build out your perfect wardrobe.
The importance of the right accessories can't be underestimated. Scuff-free shoes, a clean and crisp handbag, and delicate jewellery will elevate your look. Is the diamante choker you wear on Saturday night appropriate for the office? Probably not. But a simple cuff or drop earrings show that you take pride in your appearance.
Next time you're about to buy another trend piece (like a silk bomber), consider how it will help your wardrobe. Do you already have 27 other jackets that you can wear in your down time? Until you have a roll-call of key pieces (like a crisp white shirt, pencil skirt, trench coat, black blazer... you know the ones), keep those miscellaneous purchases to once a month, and work on building your #girlboss wardrobe.
A while ago we asked some of Sydney's most stylish women how they plan their outfits. The key? Plan ahead. Use your Sunday nights wisely, or brainstorm your outfit before you hop into bed each night. You'll save time in the morning for more important things like enjoying your morning coffee without feeling rushed, or perfecting your blow-dry.
Isabel Marant has found her style uniform—meaning, getting dressed and planning what she wears each day doesn't take up valuable time. Are you a midi-skirts and shirt girl? Or tailored pants and blazer?
WHO: Nicole Warne
Digital influencer Nicole Warne knows what pieces work for her. If you follow her on Instagram, you'll notice she has a penchant for pencil skirts and point-toe heels. Find your pieces, and fill your wardrobe with them.
Every wardrobe needs a crisp white shirt.
Add navy to your wardrobe—it acts as a neutral so you'll be able to pair it with anything in your wardrobe.
Satin pockets add an interesting detail. This is no ordinary black blazer.
You're a grown up now. It's time to not be scared of wearing all-white.
Add just the right amount of shine to your look.
The ankle straps will keep your feet comfortable and secure.
A sleek mini bag is the perfect piece to keep at your desk for last-minute out of office meetings.