Women 50+ are still a formidable group in the workforce!
Having said that, if you are still in the workforce, having some knowledge of dressing for work will help you stay in control of your wardrobe. If you are re-entering the workforce after raising your children, these tips will help you too! Our focus here will be Out in the Workplace!
It is far too easy to buy something new every week or so, to augment what you already have. With a plan, you can keep your wardrobe current, trendy and fashionable without breaking the bank. After all, that’s why you are working, so that hopefully you can make some gains.
Key Pieces are Life Savers
You don’t need a closet that has unlimited space to dress well for work. What you need are key pieces that will do for more than one function. With that in mind, I will show you how to plan your work wardrobe with only a few pieces.
You will need to have, or purchase 2 pairs of great fitting slacks, one black and the other your choice of navy, gray or brown. These are key pieces, so spend your money on good fitting quality slacks. Many women are opting for a good wool worsted pant. They are great for keeping their shape and they wear well. Like a man’s suit, the wearability of these slacks is of utmost importance.
What other Key Pieces do I need?
You should also have 2 Skirts in your wardrobe. Again one in Black and the other can be whatever color (navy, brown or gray) you happen to like best. When it is for work, then I would suggest you stay with colors that are easy to match with blouses that you might have. Solid colors are best for your skirts. They are much more business like and have the highest wearability.
This is where you can go a little wild, if that is your style. You can spend less on blouses and toppers so that you can stay current with whatever fashion trends there happen to be. I would like to suggest that you have one good button front blouse, either in white or off-white. Those will be worn when there is a yearly review or some other “important” engagement at your office. It can be styled like a man’s shirt or have some other type of collar. I would like to suggest that you have at least 5 Blouses (the formal blouse being one of the five). The other 4 blouses can be different colors, and different styles. Some may even be patterned or multi-colored.
Along with 5 blouses I would also like to see you have 4 casual type toppers. Nice T-shirts, or shells. Do not wear T-shirts with quotes blazoned across the chest. That is not acceptable for work. A T-shirt that has some kind of embellishment would be appropriate. Observe what your co-workers wear, if you are not sure, don’t buy it.
So how many looks can I get with these pieces?
Good Question! Every day that you go to work, you will wear one bottom and one top. So with these key pieces, you have the ability to make a different outfit for every day of the month. One pair of slacks with a different top each day makes 9 different outfits. You have two paisr of slacks and 2 skirts, so that adds up to 36 outfits with just those pieces. Because they are all basic pieces, the addition of a jacket or a sweater, a scarf or some jewelry, your outfits, or “different” looks will increase too.
When you have decided which two pieces will make up today’s outfit, there are so many accessories that can be added to change the look yet again.
I mentioned a scarf and that certainly will add another dimension to your clothing. I also mentioned a jacket or sweater and again that will change up your look for very little investment. If you don’t want to purchase any more physical clothing, then change up your look with jewelry. It doesn’t have to be expensive but should make a statement.
- They can be inexpensive
- They will be following the current trends in patterns and colors
- They are small enough to fit in one drawer
- They can change with the seasons.
It’s amazing, All of the Tips listed here could be used for anyone who is in the workforce, not just 50+!
As a matter of fact, these tips would be excellent for someone who is just starting out in the workforce. Who hasn’t yet figured out their own personal style, but still want to look professional. A new college graduate could use any of these tips as well.
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