7 Ways to Dress #LikeaBoss Even if You’re Entry Level

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One of the most fun parts of getting your first job, or even a new job in a different atmosphere, is planning your wardrobe. That old adage, “Dress for the job you want,” should apply to the way you present yourself. If you’re looking to ascend in the ranks of your company, you should also look the part.

Here are seven ways to look like the CEO, even if you’re still the assistant.

Feel Good

The first step to looking good is feeling good. That means getting enough sleep, drinking water and getting exercise.

In addition to helping you look well-rested and fresh, incorporating these basics into your daily life is essential to doing your best work. It’ll take you far in your quest to be CEO.

Invest in Some Staples

Trends come and go all the time. Chances are that the leopard print blazer you bought a few years ago because leopard print was “so in” doesn’t work now.

To make the most of your work wardrobe, you should splurge, but make sure to invest in a few pieces that are versatile, professional and classic. Start with these basics:

  • A tailored blazer
  • Heels that aren’t too high, in black, nude or another neutral color
  • Trousers or a nice pair of pants
  • A pencil skirt that falls right at the knee
  • A classic, spacious and sturdy bag

These pieces will work with a multitude of less expensive, trendy items throughout the years, and will not only help you look and feel like a boss, but will let you buy less work clothing over time.

Work Some Statement Pieces

Investing in basics is key, but you don’t ever want to look boring. The way you dress should still say something about who you are as a person and in your profession.

Kick your neutral staples up a notch by picking out some bold jewelry, shoes or other accessories. Nothing attracts attention like a pop of color. You’ll be sure to get noticed around the office, and noticed for your work!

Make Sure Your Clothes Fit

In a perfect world, we’d all have custom-made suits and pants. But in real life, especially when you’re just starting out, you can’t afford to have your wardrobe custom made.

Luckily, when you buy off the rack, you can spend just a little more for expert tailoring that will make you look and feel like the boss you’re going to be. Make sure your pants and trousers are hemmed, your skirts and dresses are well fitted and your blazers are tailored to perfection. You’ll be surprised at what a little customization can do for your look.

Wear Adult Underwear

Maybe it sounds weird to dictate what kind of underwear you should be wearing to work, but it’s important.

Leave the lacy lingerie and bras you’ve worn to the point of tatters at home during the week, and instead opt for simple, well-fitting underwear that are comfortable and will make you look good on the outside. No one will take you seriously if the bra strap peeking out from your chic sleeveless blouse is orange and turquoise polka dotted.

An adult job requires adult underwear.

Dress in What Makes You Feel Powerful

With all of your wardrobe choices, both professional and personal, you should feel good. If you’re uncomfortable in your work clothing or if you feel like the outfit doesn’t represent who you are, it carries over into the way you do your work.

Studies have shown that wearing formal clothing actually affects your psychology. Whether your power outfit is a sleek black midi dress and statement heels, or a tuxedo-inspired suit, wear what makes you feel competent, confident and in charge. You’ll be taking over that corner office in no time.

Wear Heels

It may sound archaic to say that women should wear heels in the office, and certainly flat shoes are way more comfortable, but heels really do convey power.

Heels affect the way you stand, walk and are perceived, even if subconsciously. Especially when you’re just starting out, it’s hard to be taken seriously in the workplace. Assert yourself by putting on a pair of heels, and let your posture and stature speak for itself.

Many women actually prefer wearing heels in the workplace because it makes them feel professional. Plus, the extra boost in height can often put you at eye level — or above, if you’re a tall woman — with the men in your company. That demonstrates that you want a seat at the table.

Go ahead: Dress #LikeaBoss.

The way you dress says a lot about you, and when you’re first starting out, you want to be seen as professional, competent and driven. You’ll reach your professional goals in no time as long as you dress the part.

Sarah Landrum

After graduating from Penn State with degrees in Marketing and PR, Sarah moved to Harrisburg to start her career as a Digital Media Specialist and a writer. She later founded Punched Clocks, a site dedicated to helping young professionals navigate the work world and find happiness and success in their careers.

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