It’s a popular sentiment that you should dress for the job you want. That doesn’t mean wearing a firefighters uniform while serving coffees at Starbucks, but dressing aspirationally and thinking about your future career goals can give you a real boost.
Of course, these things are not 100% universal, and you may have to tweak them a little for things such as the climate and local styles. For example, what you would wear as a Jersey City personal injury lawyer, might be a bit different compared to a similar position in an Austin or Los Angeles firm, but the concept will be the same. Here are some ideas on how to dress for the job you want.
As an entrepreneur, of course, your idea is more important than your fashion sense, but that doesn’t mean you have to work in sweats every day. Even if you’re building your empire from home, if you dress to impress, you will feel more powerful. Imposter syndrome is a real fear for entrepreneurs, so why not dress in a way that reminds you of your power. A statement red lip is always a winner, and remember that it’s okay to be a bit playful and creative with your outfits if that’s your style. Just because your investors might wear unexciting grey suits, doesn’t mean you have to!
A political powerhouse
Michelle Obama has always been a pro at injecting her own personality into what is expected of the First Lady. Not one to shy away from bold statement pieces, follow Michelle’s lead, and don’t be afraid to stand out in a subtle manner. You don’t have to wear an extravagant power suit and blouse to be taken seriously in politics – why not style a wrap dress, low heels and a statement bag. If you feel comfortable and confident, you’ll come across the same way, and that’s what a job in politics requires.
A fashion editor
As a fashion editor for a magazine, you are going to have to be on top of all the latest trends and know how to translate them from the catwalk to the high street. Play around with bold prints, and don’t be afraid to try something a little out of your comfort zone. Remember that you don’t have to be catwalk ready all the time – it’s okay to enjoy something timeless or neutral, as long as you wear it with confidence. Vogue will be begging you to come on board in no time.
Whether you want to create digital pieces, hand-crafted earrings, or paintings, being an artist is about expressing yourself, and one of the best ways to do this is through your clothes. You don’t have to wear paint-splattered overalls to show you’re an artist (but they do look pretty cool!) – be creative with what you wear. Floaty layers, bright colors, clashing prints… if it makes you feel good and expresses your art, then rock it!