As the seasons change, it’s not uncommon to look for ways to tweak your image. The key is to create change in a way that is appropriate for your workplace. Every organization is different and has its own definition of “appropriate” and “casual”. When considering your new look, keep your office’s image in mind so the changes you make don’t cause your coworkers to double-take.
Below are some quick, easy ideas you can employ to refresh your image and are appropriate for any work environment.
Tweak your posture
If your default has been the “computer slump,” start paying better attention to your posture. Be sure to sit or stand up straight and drop your shoulders. Most people hold tension in their neck and shoulders, and the more tense they are, the further up to their ears their shoulders climb. Remember to drop your shoulders and keep your spine in a straight, neutral position.
In addition to easing up on any aches and pains you may be feeling, straightening your posture will give you a more confident, self-assured look… and don’t be surprised if people start asking if you’ve lost a few pounds!
Try a new color
Take a look at the contents of your closet. Are you noticing a lot of clothing in the same colors? Now might be the time to try a color that you don’t typically wear. You can borrow inspiration from current trends, or just pick a color that has been absent from your wardrobe. I’ve been really attracted to mustard yellow this season and recently added a mustard leather bag and fashion scarf to my repertoire. Shortly after, I started seeing mustard yellow items all over the place. If you’re not sure you’ll be comfortable in the new color, you can “ease into it” by trying it out with an accessory!
Part your hair differently
If you typically part your hair in the center, try it to one side. If you always part to the left side, try the right side, or an off-center part. It’s amazing how a simple flip over to the other side can make a change to your look!
If you wear glasses, there are so many options for fashionable eyewear. Check out a new pair of frames for a quick way to change your look. If you’re lucky enough to have perfect vision, you can make a change with a new pair of sunglasses. Try a frame shape you haven’t worn before. Enlist the input of a trusted friend if you want an extra set of eyes to help you decide what shape works best for you.
Have fun! (Laugh!)
This doesn’t require purchasing anything new for your wardrobe, so give this one a try often. Make sure to bring a little fun to your life every day. Laugh more. Surround yourself with fun, energetic, humorous people. See how laughing a little more every day changes your look– does your brow furrow less? Are you smiling more? These are subtle changes that shouldn’t be overlooked!
–Victoria Crispo, Career Coach