How To Dress Up In A Casual Office Without Drawing Too Much Attention
Do you work in IT or engineering? Even if you don't, would you say that your office is pretty laidback when it comes to how you dress?
How does that make you feel?
Of course being comfortable is important but it's hard to feel ambitious when you can get away wearing with ill-fitting golf shirts and jeans.
Men who take this approach aren't likely to distinguish themselves from the others in the office.
Looking professional in a casual way while feeling confident can be a difficult thing to achieve.
So if you're a driven man who pictures himself as the vice-president or CEO of a company, keep reading...
Always Take It One Step Above The Dress Code
This one's a no-brainer.
Not only will this get you the RIGHT kind of attention from your boss and coworkers but it also shows that you're willing to go above and beyond.
"How?" you might ask.
Well, it's easy to do what's expected of us. Unfortunately that's how most people approach life.
Settling for what's just "good enough."
To truly stand out from the crowd we need to be willing to go the extra mile.
Now there's no need to feel constricted or like you have to wear a suit just to make this statement.
When I first started stepping up my style I would add cardigans to my everyday outfits.
You might be thinking, "Why would I wear a cardigan, they're for old men?"
Honestly, this made the transition from dressing casual to dressing up much easier.
A cardigan isn't quite as in your face as a blazer can be.
They also serve a practical purpose -- layering which keeps you warm in the colder months.
This makes it a more approachable step outside of your comfort zone.
Based on my experience, it generated momentum that made me more comfortable with my style.
Eventually I became confident enough to take bigger risks like wearing bow-ties.
If you're not convinced, let's use the gym as an analogy.
When you first start working out you don't dive head first into squats and deadlifts.
You'd get injured.
It makes more sense to gradually build up your experience in the gym until you're ready for those more technical exercises.
Stepping up your style works in a similar way.
Unless you're feeling bold you don't wear khakis and a dress shirt on Monday and decide to wear a three-piece suit the following day.
Stay True To Your Personality
If dressing like an office drone doesn't feel right to you then don't do it.
It's as simple as that.
Unfortunately too many men are worried about what other people will think of them if they stand out from the crowd.
That's understandable. At first this can be intimidating.
But here's the thing...
It takes true confidence to march to the beat of your own drum -- it's a quality that all leaders possess.
Of course not having to think about what to wear every morning is nice.
There's already enough to think about between trying to make it to work on time and having to deal with traffic.
Your best bet is to make sure your wardrobe is versatile enough that nearly all the pieces work well with one another.
Build it around neutral colours like grey, navy, and black.
You also want to establish a basic "uniform" for yourself.
I don't mean this in the traditional sense.
It's all about establishing a signature look that's appropriate for your workplace while still genuinely reflecting your personality.
A great example would be the classic jeans and blazer look.
It's simple, comfortable, and you won't feel as overdressed as you might wearing a full suit.
With the right pieces in your wardrobe (versatile and neutral coloured) you'll have no shortage of looks to choose from.
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