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When you're in your early 20s, it can be hard to justify spending money on boring work clothes. However, this is actually a very important investment in your future. Your appearance is part of your brand - If you don't look professional, no employer is going to take you seriously. Fashion Challenge: College students, recent grads, and young professionals who feel they can't justify spending money on professional clothes for interviews or work.
If you're still dressing like you did in the 80's, it's time to retire that hair, makeup, or outfit… and instead embrace some new style inspiration. Fashion Challenge: Older professionals who don't realize when it's definitely time to update their look and have a major style makeover. Example: someone who is clinging to a hairstyle or fashion trend that was fashionable fifteen years ago, thinking it still looks good.
The term "casual" can be misleading… Yes, there are some office environments where it's okay to wear shorts, flip flops, and a lack of a good shower… but as professional women, it is imperative to always look our best and to always dress for the job we want not the one we have, so take “Casual Friday" as an opportunity to look sharp when others might be dressed casually. Fashion Challenge: Professionals who go too far on Casual Fridays, and just don't know what's appropriate. For example, wearing flip-flops, shorts, or sweats to work.
Do you (or someone you know) have a hard time judging what's appropriate office fashion? You're not alone. Ashley Poulin of SharpHeels.com clears up the confusion as to what's dressy and what's inappropriate for the office. Fashion Challenge: Professionals who confuse “dressy” and “inappropriate.” Not thinking through the business-appropriate nature of what you are wearing (for example, thinking a dress you wore out to a club is acceptable to wear to an interview, or wearing a top that shows too much cleavage).
It's winter. That means snow, ice, salt, and cold. It also means wearing your favorite work heels to walk to work isn't really realistic. So, what's a girl to do? We brought in fashion expert Ashley Poulin of SharpHeels.com to answer your biggest questions on office fashion. Today's question is, "What do I wear to work in the winter?" Fashion Challenge: Professionals who don't know how to simultaneously dress for inclement weather AND the office. For example, if you can't wear snow boots and oversized sweaters to the office - and you really can't, without getting lots of startled glances - how do you dress for both a snowstorm and a “business professional" dress code?