Dress for success is one of my favorite terms and also the name of one of the biggest not-for-profit organizations in the world that empowers women to dream bigger by providing them clothes and tools to help them thrive in their careers. It’s a new year which means some of us have big dreams and career goals we hope to accomplish before this year is over.
In order to set one of my goals in motion, I reached out to my mentor to discuss my career goals and successes I want to achieve this year. She gave me lots of great career advice but one that stood out to me was when she told me I need to dress for success. She used herself as an example and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her dress up in anything outside of a skirt suit or pantsuit. She advised me to start wearing blazers and suits so that no one can differentiate between me and the top executives. I mean, I don’t really dress casual to work. I’m in management so I know better but I rarely wear blazers and suits. And this winter I’ve been wearing sweaters and trousers or pencil skirts paired with tights. I was wearing a sweater and a houndstooth trouser during our meeting and she pointed out that my look was casual and that I needed a blazer to complete the look.
After our meeting I was convinced that I needed to shop for new work outfits. It’s actually necessary to do wardrobe cleaning once in awhile. Throw out old clothes especially those you haven’t worn in a long time and buy new and functional clothes suitable for the current weather condition. My favorite places to shop for work clothes are New York & Company, Zara, Asos, Lord & Taylor and Banana Republic. But Zara and Asos have been having some really great sales this winter so I decided to browse through their online sale and below are some of the items I’m adding to my work wardrobe to dress for success.
Blazer the storm
I have some blazers that I don’t wear all the time but I think I need more this year considering they will be my go-to workwear. Zara never disappoints me with their blazers and I was lucky to snag their plaid blazer with elbow patches and checkered double breasted blazer pictured below during their sale. And the fun part about these blazers? I can pair them with t-shirts and jeans for a laid back look when I’m out and about in the city. I bought the two blazers for $39.99 each. Original price was $119 each. A whooping 60% discount!
Block it off
I work in a huge hospital department, which requires me to walk around a lot, so it’s imperative that I wear comfortable shoes. And lately, I’ve been obsessed with block heels. They are so comfy that I even prefer wearing them over flats. Once again, I was lucky to snag the beauties pictured below during Zara sale for $19.99. Original price was $39.99.
Tote your own horn
I love gray! I can wear gray everyday for the rest of my life and I’ll be happy. So, no surprise that I was drawn to this Asos tote bag which I think is definitely a must-have and can fit almost everything you need for work. It’s currently on sale right now so instead of $96 you can get it for $70. You can also get similar ones here.
Ruffle some feathers
Dressing for work doesn’t have to be boring. I love ruffles and once in a while I like to bring the drama to work by pairing my pencil skirts or trousers with ruffled blouses. And I also love wearing ruffles with my jeans for a chic casual look for when I’m out in the city. I love these ruffled blouses from Zara and Asos. But I especially love this red ruffled blouse from Zara, which is currently on sale for $12.99. Original price was $39.90.
Who wears the pants
I love wearing pants to work and pairing them with blouses and sweaters, although, I put a stop to wearing sweaters after speaking with my mentor. Most of my work pants are from Zara because I really think they have the best pants, and no store beats them when it comes to affordable houndstooth and plaids, which are my favorite types of pants for work. I love this mid-rise straight leg plaid pants from Zara, which is currently on sale for $15.99. Original price was $49.90.
I do believe that what we wear matters and tells a story of who we are and how people perceive us hence why we need to dress for success.