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How to Look and Feel Good at Work*

I'm lucky to have a job where I don't have to wear a uniform. That doesn't mean I don't have to be careful about choosing my outfits, but there isn't a strict dress code. I need to dress appropriately for teaching, which mostly means nothing too revealing - or too expensive! But if you do have more of a dress code to follow for work, it can be difficult to look and feel good. The rules are often necessary for health and safety. But it doesn't mean you're happy about wearing a frumpy uniform. However, you can still look and feel good at work, and be practical at the same time. Whether you work in an office or on a building site, try these tips to add a bit of glamour to your outfit.


Work with the Dress Code
If you have a strict uniform, you can't do much to change what you have to wear. But if you only have guidelines to follow, you can be more flexible. For example, if you have to wear black trousers and a white shirt, you can choose shapes and styles that suit you. You just have to make sure what you pick fits in with the dress code you have to follow. You can find stylish options for lots of workwear. They range from chef jackets for women to practical but fashionable black shoes. It will be easier to put your own spin on it if you have a more relaxed dress code, but it can still work even if you don't.

Focus on Things Other Than Clothes
Sometimes there's no getting around your uniform requirements. Perhaps you have to wear a hard hat, a high-vis jacket or apron, or a full outfit. In these cases, you can't choose your clothes. But there are still other things you can do. For example, you can focus on your hair, makeup or even just your nails. If you need something to help you feel a little bit more feminine in your shapeless uniform, style your hair or get a manicure.

Create a Work Capsule Wardrobe
Sometimes it can be difficult to get dressed for work, especially when you're not fully awake in the mornings. If you struggle, planning out your outfits from a capsule wardrobe can help you. Using either the clothes you already own or new pieces, you can pick the things you know are suitable for work. Mixing and matching can be much easier when you have a capsule wardrobe to work with.

Be Ready to Transform
If you can't wait to get away at the end of the day, put together outfits that you can change for the evening. It's great fun trying to think of how you can take your daytime clothes and add some sparkle for the evening. It might involve changing your jacket, putting on some jewellery or even just letting your hair down (literally).

It's not fun having your clothing choices restricted, but it's something we all have to do. Whether you're stuck in a uniform or you have to follow a dress code, you don't have to give up your style entirely.

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  1. I find planning my outfits the evening before really helps. I'm too sleepy in the mornings to focus on actually pulling together a decent outfit, so plan ahead and do it the night before, or at least think about it as I drift off to sleep! Who doesn't love dreaming about fashion right?

    Rach // illustratedteacup.com xx

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    1. I totally agree with you on that one Rach. There's nothing worse than standing staring at all your clothes feeling like you've got nothing to wear when you're in a mad rush! xo

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