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How to Present Yourself Professionally at Work

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Looking professional can have a significant impact on your confidence, as well as how people view you and your work. If you want to up your professional game, here are some valuable tips for your work-wear and business uniform.  

Capsule Wardrobe  

There’s been a global shift against unnecessary consumerism, and with that is the desire for a simple capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobes are simply a wardrobe filled with 37 items per season – timeless items you can mix and match that you love and will rest assured be worn instead of sitting there collecting dust. 

Shoppers globally don’t usually stick to the strict 37 number but have curated their closet to hold only items that bring joy, selling or donating unnecessary items – now famously labeled the Kon Mari method. Don’t worry; it’s not small enough to make you feel like you’re wearing your school uniform again.  

This minimalist approach makes it easier to put outfits together, organize, and purchase higher-quality pieces you love. As a result, you will turn up to work more professionally than ever!  

Iron, Steam, Fabric Shave  

Always iron or steam items that are prone to creasing. Think about the first impression you give. You want it to look professional – if they see a scrunched-up blazer, it’ll provide people with the image you just rolled out of bed.  

Investing in a steamer can be a good idea. The pros to steaming are the convenience of not taking the item off the hanger and the fact that steamers are gentler on clothing. Make sure you’ve ironed or steamed your outfits before the workweek. Prepare, so you are not looking for outfits to wear last minute. 

A cheap fabric shaver is one of the best investments I’ve made. Run it over your knitwear and coats, and more, to get rid of bobbles. It makes an old knit look brand new – saving you the need to repurchase! 

Test Your Color Palette  

Did you know you may have been wearing colors that wash you out or make you look worse, despite the stunning style or heft price tag? Every skin tone and hair color suits different colors.  

For instance, bold colors will wash you out if you have cooler undertones, making you look even paler. Whereas clothing with blue undertones will flatter you and make you look livelier.  

On the other end of the spectrum, if you have a warm skin tone, you’re pretty lucky when it comes to the colors that suit you; you can pull off bold primary colors as well as cool colors.  

4 Color Families 

Summer:  
• Ashy blonde or light-medium brown hair  
• Cool skin tone  
• Green, light blue, or grey eyes  
• Soft pastels with blue undertones (light pinks, blues, yellows), greys, off-white, and blue – from pale to navy are an excellent choice. Yellow-based colors (coral, salmon pink, mustard, orange, tan), pure white, bold, primary colors are not the best choice.  

Winter:  
• Medium to dark brown or black hair  
• Cool skin tone  
• Brown, green, or deep blue eyes  
• Bold, blue-based colors, icy, cool primary colors (bold reds, blues, and golden yellows), black, dark grey, pure white are perfect. Avoid yellow or orange-toned colors (rusty browns and reds), pastels.  

Spring:  
• Golden blonde or light-mid brown hair with highlights  
• Warm skin tone  
• The best choice is warm, bright colors (blue, brick red, salmon, and coral), beige, yellow undertones – light grey, dusky pinks, and subtle green. Deep shades or cool pastels are not the best choices.  

Autumn:  
• Red, black, or dark brown hair  
• Warm skin tone  
• Warm/golden autumn undertones (rich browns, earthy reds, bronzes, olive/dark greens, burnt orange). Avoid pastel or bright colors, blue tones (except navy).  

Now you have some insight into dressing professionally; good luck and smash it!  

AUTHOR: TONY RICHARD

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