Fashion is more than being obsessed with the latest trends of the season. Whether we want to believe it or not, clothes communicate volumes about who we are as a person, our attitude and can impact how we share our personal stories with the world (intentionally or unconsciously). What we choose to wear, according to the occasion, mood or time, reflects our taste— and this is true for both the workplace (where work and work-related accomplishments are valued) and when you’re working from home. If you want to show that you are organised, serious and that your work is sharp, you need to dress in clean lines, sensible jewellery so on. Your outfit is also a means of making a strong impression on your colleagues!
Need more details? Read on to find out what your clothes say about your work style and how your outfit can impact your work attitude and help you make positive improvements.
The Small Details
Details such as the colour and cut of your suit, your choice of jewellery, etc. project your professional success and the thoughtfulness you put in your work. Your outfit can make you look and feel confident and ready to take on the world, especially if you’re WFH where it can tend to get monotonous. So, when trying to project a positive image using the details in your garments and accessories, we recommend the classics. With classics, you do not have to put in much effort because history has already done the work for you. These basics have withstood the test of time, so you already know how they work. Examples include a white shirt with anti-gape buttons, a tailored jacket, minimal accessories, tailored pants with extra stretch, etc. To find out more about such versatile pieces that you can always wear, head to our story on how to build a capsule wardrobe.
The Colours You Choose
Colours are a strong indicator of the emotions we are feeling at the moment. But they can also have the same psychological effect when you want to change your mood or send off a certain vibe to someone else in your vicinity. After all, it takes a certain amount of energy to put on a certain outfit and this energy transcends onto the things you do during the day and your output, so why not make it a good one? For instance, the colour red. Red signals that you are passionate about what you do and do not mind the attention. It is a physical and dominant colour and demands focus on the wearer. Likewise, if you have an important Zoom meeting coming up or lots of deadlines to tackle, you can opt for blue as it is refreshing, friendly and calm or black which is sophisticated, edgy and serious.
We have said this before and we will say this again—the right fit is very, very important! No matter how expensive or good-looking an outfit is, if it doesn’t fit you well, it will not make you feel comfortable or great from the inside. If your outfit keeps gaping or is too tight, you will not be able to focus and spend you day worrying about your outfit, whether you are at work or working from home. So, invest in a pair of fitted pants that you take from desk to the couch or a dress with pockets that shows you are focused and get the job done. For more on Tailored Fits and our true fits, head to The FableStreet Philosophy: Where Fit, Quality and Comfort Come Together.
Lastly, the transformative power of clothes
There is a certain transformative power that a nice change of outfits has. Let us paint the picture. You have just joined a new workplace and are nervous about your first Zoom call. You want to make a good impression but also want to seem approachable and fun. Or you have had a long work week but have a virtual work party to attend to. We have six words for you in such situations: Get dressed up. You’ll feel better! You should not only dress how you feel but also how you want to feel. Which clothes make you feel powerful? In control? Confident? If it means layering a coat over a printed dress that lets you show off your new shoes, then so be it (of course, keeping at par with your work dress code).
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