Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Sometimes it can be difficult to feel like yourself if you’re not dressed like you normally would were you at home. Transforming into a formal business man or woman can seem difficult, especially if you’ve just graduated or been unemployed for an extended period of time. Now you’ve got to shape up, look sharp and make an impression. However, be creative and inventive with your work wear- you want to fit in but you don’t want to lose yourself among the black, white and grey.
Applicable to both men and women, using colour can make you memorable, especially if it compliments your hair or eyes. People are more likely to remember you if you make an impact. Perhaps not an entire mustard coloured corduroy suit (it might be inappropriate, but if you think you can pull it off, why not!), but a pop of colour such as a bright or patterned shirt can stick in someone’s mind. If you can’t resist a coloured suit, then stick to darker, muted colours, grey and navy are always classics and a burgundy or forest green can look smart if paired with the right complimentary neutral colours.
In the winter months and the cooler weather, it can be interesting to use different textures and fabrics to make a visually appealing outfit. Layering can create a different silhouette, with oversized jumpers or scarves. Using different fabrics in the same colour palate looks classy and sophisticated.
Another way to inject a bit of personality is through jewellery. A crisp white shirt that makes a statement, whether that’s through a flash of a jewel tone, a girly flower pendant or a subversive skull, can show people that you’re not just a black and white suit. Handmade Mens Jewellery by Stephen Einhorn have some beautiful necklace, ring, bracelet and cufflink designs for men that will leave clients, colleagues, and your after-office date in no doubt of your professionalism, confidence and individuality.
Things like shoes and bags can catch someone’s eye. For women, a simple pump in a pretty colour or design, or a bright heel can make someone think twice (as long as it’s not how inappropriate they are!) and for men, a suede brogue in a colour other than black, a navy blue perhaps can really get you noticed. Finish your outfit off with a good bag or a smart briefcase, and you won’t feel like you’re drowning in corporate grey.