With the new year here, it’s time to give your business style a promotion! Creating a statement wardrobe helps you step up your business game and get noticed. There’s truth to the phrase “dress for success,” and you, my friends, are made for success.
How do you know it’s time to take the leap? Keep reading.
First things first. Every good statement starts with a good foundation.
What makes a good foundation?
Comfort. Comfort brings confidence. You must be comfortable with your basic go-to clothes before we create a statement. These are your bread and butter, your must-haves, your happy place.
A foundation wardrobe includes:
- 2 pairs of jeans: A combination of ripped, clean, skinny, bootleg, flare, or high-waisted – whatever is you.
- 2 pairs of dress pants
- 3-4 sweaters: Stick to color tones from your color board.
- 3-4 button-down shirts or dress shirts
- 6 t-shirts
- 3-4 dresses
- 2-3 coats
- 2 workout pants
- 10 pairs of underwear
- 2 bras
- 2 boots
- 2 heels
- 2 sneakers – one pair for working out, one for casual
- 2 flats
Be sure these are high-quality pieces. These are the pieces that will go the distance with you. They’re worth investing in.
If you are not sure how to even begin building your colors and styles, check out how to build a Pinterest Style board here.
Bring on the Statement!
Once the high-quality foundation pieces are in place, it’s time to add the sugar and spice. Throw a statement piece into the mix. This might look like layering patterns, textures, or accessories on your foundation. Pair a black shirt and jeans with a statement blazer and heels and head out the door!
How do you know what statement is truly you? Keep your Style Archetype in mind. What fits with your personal brand and the direction you want to go?
Pro tip: Statement pieces come and go as trends change. Unless a statement piece is essential to who you are, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on it. I always recommend buying statement pieces at a fast fashion rate when you know it’s not a piece you’ll keep forever.
The Time Is Now
When will you know it’s time to step up? You may never be 100% sure, but there will come a now-or-never moment when you’re like, “I’ve just got to do it.” So, do it! You work hard, you’re making strides, and opportunities keep coming your way. Jump on board, take the plunge, and hold onto that super cute statement hat!
Things to Remember
Hire a stylist or invest in your style education. Because this is a make-or-break-it moment, a stylist can help you create a capsule wardrobe of basics and pick out some statement pieces. When you can’t define what statements are you, it’s time to invest in someone to help you get there.
So what are you waiting for? Your personal brand and your business career are ready. Lead the way!
What one statement piece can you not live without? Why? Let me know in the comments below.