When the software company I was working for closed their Boston office last summer it meant I was out of a job. Already feeling the need for a change, I took the closing with stride seeing it as a blessing. Of course I was nervous about how to make ends meet but I also recognized it was a wonderful opportunity to explore a new path in my career. Working with a great career counselor/personal branding expert, I took time to understand what I liked and didn’t like. I wanted my next move to be a right move.
I am thrilled to say the time and work paid off. My work sabbatical is over! Monday I head back to work starting a new job and beginning a new career as a recruiter specializing in marketing positions. It’s a charge, but I am confident it is the right new direction. I am really excited!
Starting work Monday means little time to get my Dress For Success wardrobe together. I feel like a kid getting ready to go back to school. I always loved picking out my first day outfit each year. I felt it set the tone of the year so of course I want the same for my new job. Since my new office has a bit more formal dress code than offices I have worked for, I am excited to step up my game and get shopping.
After surveying my work closet I have come to the conclusion some great staples are in need. I shopped Polyvore for inspirational ideas to help me make a work wardrobe splash.
Pencil skirts – They wear great anytime of year and always look professional, stylish and lady like.
Dresses – Dresses are a great one-and-done outfit. I never understand why people make such a big deal about wearing a dress and find it a hassle. It’s one garment you have to put on and you have an outfit. You don’t have to coordinate tops and pants – it’s all done. Plus, a good fitting dress can hide more figure flaws then any pants outfit can. For my new work wardrobe I really want to add a nice peplum dress to my rotation. Here are some favorites that would work great.
Blouse – Talking about lady like! Blouses are my new favorite wardrobe item. I wear them all the time as they are perfect to dress up a great pair of jeans or match with slacks or a skirt for work.
Pants Outfit – Skinny pants or wide legged, both are a must to complete my work closet. Also, rather just the boring black, gray or tan, some color or pattern would be fun to add.
Casual Outfit – Friday is casual day and I can wear jeans. Here are some great professional jean work options.
Shoes – I love a great heal and a bit dressier wardrobe means heals are a must. Since I will be commuting into the city I will be doing more walking than I have in the past. Those great heals will need to stay in my bag and I will need to stock up on some comfy boots and flats for the walk and weather.
Bag – I gotta have a great bag to schlep my stuff. These will do!
Jewelry – Every girl needs a little bling to compliment her outfit. It’s what pulls it all together. Stella & Dot just came out with a new Spring/Summer line that I am in love with. Perfect pieces to add a splash of color to my new wardrobe.
I think my closet will be prepared for our first day. Wish me luck!
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