Want to show your boss you mean business? This is what you should wear to secure that dream role.
It’s not unusual to pick an outfit for an event or a certain date in your diary.
We can often spend months in the lead up to a wedding planning our outfit, or choosing the right dress for a night out. And then there’s job interviews. Depending on what you’re going for the outfit choice will be different, but it’s always best to go smarter than your usual day-to-day outfit.
Once you’ve secured said job, continuing to dress in a way that makes you feel professional can be key. We can all agree that leaving the house wearing an outfit you feel confident in can make you feel like you can take on the world. And confidence is the all-important element that can get you the promotion you’ve been aiming for.
So with that in mind, here are three simple power dressing tricks to help you put your best foot forward at work.
1. The power suit
If you work in an office and want to wear a suit, long gone are the days where you have to stick to a simple black or grey option. This season, suits are all about making a statement. We’re talking cord textures, checked and animal prints and powerful punchy hues.
The best part is that you can wear the trousers and blazer as separates to enhance other outfits too - the perfect capsule wardrobe additions. You’ll end up getting so much wear out of your new suit that it’ll stretch far beyond strictly work wear.
Make a statement in a colour-block trouser suit and team with this season’s hottest animal print: python.
A belted blazer like the Chloé embroidered style one here is an instant office fashion win.
Corduroy Double Breasted Women’s Blazer, £65, Topshop
Women’s Corduroy Trousers, £40, Topshop
Sara Battaglia striped satin blazer, £960, matchesfashion.com
Sara Battaglia high-waisted satin trousers, £610, matchesfashion.com
2. The silky slip skirt
The usual work wear attire of the pencil skirt has been swapped for a floaty, silky slip instead. You’ve most likely seen Topshop’s rust and brown versions on Instagram sold out within hours, got restocked and have since sold out again in all sizes.
The power of the slip is clear, and it’ll go with anything from blazers and fine knits to the crisp white shirt. There’s something luxurious about putting on silky fabrics that make us feel instantly happy, and it’s bound to put a spring in your step ready for that work promotion chat.
Clash with different bright hues to show extra confidence.
A slip skirt and blazer will be the combination you’ll look to for autumn/winter, and beyond.
Vince wrap silk satin skirt, £260, net-a-porter.com
Bow satin skirt, £35.99, Mango
3. The roll neck
We would like to introduce you to the hardest working fashion piece you probably already own: the roll neck - or turtle if you’re feeling retro.
Not only is it an extra layer that everyone needs come the chillier months, it also adds that certain je ne suis quoi to any look. Add it under a jumpsuit or cardigan like the style set, or team underneath a dress or blazer. Audrey Hepburn was a firm fan of the high neck top, and it’s the perfect level of smart casual we’ve been looking for.
A cream roll neck is a go-to you’ll be able to style with everything. Note: be careful when you put it on so you don’t get those unwanted make-up marks.
Layer a printed roll neck underneath a cardigan for a fresh spin.
High neck top, £45, Arket
Rokh checked stretch turtleneck top, £233, net-a-porter.com
Add these three fashion finds to your wardrobe, wear them with bags of kickass confidence and that promotion could be well on it’s way.