The anarchist in me is ranting about how the purpose of dress codes is to keep all workers the same. We’re all equally disposable and replaceable. There is nothing special about us as individuals, so we should just keep our heads down and work. However, the realist in me recognizes that workplace culture can make or break a company. And dress codes are a part of that culture. This week, I’ve come up with several tips to not feel like a robot in dress code.
Don’t be afraid to wear the same clothes often
As I mentioned in my Fashion Rebel post, washing machines exist! Just because somebody has worn the same top twice this week doesn’t mean it’s not clean! When it comes to how often you should wash your clothes, you’re the best judge of that. Some people sweat less and don’t need to wash a top after every wear.
If you don’t own a lot of clothes that fit into the dress code, don’t be afraid of recycling outfits often. As long as they’re clean, it’s nobody else’s business. You don’t necessarily have buy new clothes just for a dress code.
Maximize accessories and makeup
If your workplace doesn’t police you on what accessories and makeup you can wear, take advantage of that. Don’t underestimate these small details. Accessories can change the look of a whole outfit. I often refer to makeup as “face armor.” It’s a defense against the world as well as a creative outlet.
On days when I feel like I need an extra boost, I’m most likely wearing a cat eye and liquid lip. If you see me in natural makeup, it usually means I’m feeling confident.
Build a capsule wardrobe
Pictures of capsule wardrobes on Pinterest always fascinated me. Isn’t it so cool how you can get so many combinations if you pick the right clothes? There are so many formulas for capsule collections. There are even specific posts like “simple wardrobe for teachers”, “packing for vacation”, and “seasonal” capsule wardrobes. You could choose a formula that is best for you and work with it.
I’ve seen the CEO of Pink Tartan, Kimberley Newport-Mimran speak at a Toronto fashion event. The mission of her company is to dress corporate women and really emphasize quality over quantity.
Outside appearances don’t define you
Suppose your workplace is suuuper strict and you have no creative freedom at all in styling yourself. Suppose you must wear a white blouse, black pencil skirt, black closed toe shoes, no accessories except for wedding bands or religious symbols, light eye makeup, red lips, and hair up in a bun.
This is going to sound so cheesy, but your clothes don’t define you as a person. Clothes, shoes, makeup, and hair are all a big part of how we present ourselves. However, the most important thing is us. Nothing can take away your personality and the traits specific to you.
Hugs and kisses,
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