Want to pull your professional style together in a way that feels polished, yet understated?
Perhaps it’s because you’re delivering a presentation, or maybe you’re being interviewed for a new position. Sometimes it makes the most sense to wear an outfit that gives you confidence without distracting from your point of view.
I’ve got clients who are hired to give talks, and they don’t want their clothes to detract from their speech. They want the audience to comment on the potency of their message, not the florals on their dress. But at the same time, they don’t want to blend into the background. They want to show up as a dynamic presence. And I’m certain the right outfit can help you do this.
Your professional style has a job to do. It’s got to give you confidence so you tackle your tasks with grace. Depending on your work environment, there may or may not be a dress code. Hopefully, you’ve got that nailed down so you have plenty of work wear options to choose from each day. (Click here to know how to dress appropriate.)
And while your professional style should represent who you are, there are certain occasions when you may want to tone down and present a more refined version of yourself. But that doesn’t mean you have to be boring!
To help make your outfit more memorable, you’ll need to go big on your small touches. It’s these little details that help you stand out. But not in a LOOK AT ME kind of way. It’s more of a subtle call.
Here’s a few ways to add an understated elegance to your look.
I love my headscarves, particularly as the savior for my bad hair days. But tying one around a low ponytail can be super chic in a tasteful way.
Click here to watch the video where I share fun ways to wear a scarf.
Wearing a column of a single color is a surefire way to unify your look. With a dress this is is easy, however, it won’t be as memorable. It’s when you wear two pieces like a skirt and top, or a pants and blouse (don’t forget your final piece!) that going monochromatic really pulls the look together for a refined finish. I’m loving a column of white or beige, or even a mix of the two tones together for a clean feel that is both subtle and classic.
When you’ve got a powerful message to deliver, you don’t want your outfit to be the main attraction. But you still want to feel incredible and exude success. This is why I recommend incorporating a signature piece into your look. It could be a piece of jewelry. Maybe it’s a scarf. Or perhaps it’s a hot pink shoe. (This would be great with a neutral monotone look!) The point is to have something that’s meaningful for you so when you put it on you’re imbued with confidence.
When you want to pull your professional style together in a way that feels polished, yet understated, try scarves, columns of color and a signature piece. These details will make your work wear outfit more memorable without overpowering the situation.