I worked for more than 30 years in an office so I can say I do know something about it. Although how work is defined and where it is done have certainly evolved, there are some principles that still apply. I’d like to talk about those.
Of course, being an Image Consultant and Indiana Wardrobe Stylist, I am going to lean heavily on how we look and act.
Indiana Wardrobe Stylist Work Attire
So much of our appearance has little to do with the cost of our clothes or whether we have a designer bag. Yes, those things can enhance our image, but they are not “all” of our image.
I would encourage you to not take advantage of the current times. Many employees are still working from home – like it or not. That can be liberating for some; for others, depressing.
No matter what your opinion is, don’t take advantage of the situation. You feel better when you get up, eat a nutritious breakfast, shower, and wear clothes that are comfortable, flattering — and make you feel good.
So much of what we project to others depends on how we feel inside. I have certain outfits that are so comfortable and flattering when I wear them that I know I feel better, smile more and project more confidence.
When I have been working out, doing tasks at home, and then going out and running some errands I might think – Oh I hope no one sees me. I am not at my best. If this is you — 90 percent of the time — making an effort to work on your appearance will help your mindset.
Taking care of your clothes…clean, pressed, mended, etc., helps you with your image. I cannot tell you how cleansing it is to clean out your closet. I have done several closet cleanses for people! It’s as though they are suddenly relieved! No one likes to open the door to their closet and see dirty clothes, disarray, haphazard organization at best.
I like to organize clothes by type (top, bottoms, jackets, dresses, coats), and then color – white, beige, yellows, reds, greens, blues, browns, black. Sometimes I even take photos of very complicated outfits so I remember how to coordinate them when I am in a hurry.
How Your Indiana Wardrobe Stylist Organizes Her Closet
When you organize your closet by color you will probably realize — you have too many items in one category. I will never forget one client who had 20 white cotton shirts. Wow – that is way more than she could even wear or need. We cleaned those out — I think she kept about 7 or so.
Shoes are important to organize too. As an Indiana Wardrobe Stylist, I am a firm believer that a beautiful pair of statement or classic shoes “makes” an outfit.
Of course, the third piece is key to even having an outfit in the first place. I find it interesting when people post their outfits of the day, and it’s barely 3 pieces — jeans and a T and sneakers and nothing else makes a very boring outfit.
Add jackets, jewelry, scarves — guys you can add a third piece too in a bomber jacket, denim jacket, or even a cardigan.
It all adds interest. And that makes you feel put together for work and play.
Keep it sassy, Indy.
Beth Divine, MA, AICI-CIC
Image Consultant and Indiana Wardrobe Stylist