Getting that Cool Crisp Look for Work
Nothing says you mean business like walking into work, on time or early, in the perfect pressed suit with a fresh face of make up and a cup of coffee you don’t even look like you’re drinking. Even if your office is a bit more casual, you can convey the same no-nonsense demeanor in the right button-down blouse and tailored slacks or pencil skirt. The key word here is crisp. You want to look fresh, ready to go, and on target. Have you been up all night working on a proposal for your boss? Well, she certainly won’t take a second look if you look like you’ve been up all night. You need to make her think that this is not only your life and your passion, but that it also comes easily and fluidly to you. Your look can make or break your day and your career.
Let’s start with your face. Even if you manage to spill a few drops of coffee on your shirt – which you can cover up with your scarf if you’re prepared – you need to look rested and confident. Even if you can’t get to the spa every week, take time for an at-home spa treatment. A weekly facemask treatment can do wonders for your skin and your demeanor. And in between treatments, make sure to wash and moisturize your face every night. Then, in the morning, dust on a light layer of foundation powder and use sparing eye make up. You want bright, awake, office eyes, not sultry, seductive bedroom eyes.
Dress for Success
Next, let’s move to your attire. If you aren’t comfortable in heels, stick with flats, and even if you do feel at home in stacked heels, go with something a little bit more conservative than you would wear on a night out with the girls. As far as wearing pants or a skirt, it’s up to you. If you choose to go with a skirt, keep length in mind. You need to show your boss and colleagues that you are serious and professional. Black and dark gray are always good, color-wise. For a top, go with something simple and classic. A Paper Cotton Shirt is perfect for this. If you want to add a bit of color, an understated pair of earrings, a necklace, or a brooch will spruce your ensemble up a bit, but do not go over the top. When in doubt, leave it out.
Oh, and do get that cup of coffee. You don’t want to be yawning through your morning meeting. Your coworkers may not know you stayed up all night working on that proposal, but you definitely do. Now go take over the world!