#Officeluxe: how to impress with your workwear

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For some, clothing choices seem unimportant and frivolous. Surely the quality of your work should be the only important thing?

While it is true that a good wardrobe won’t make up for sloppy work, psychological studies prove that clothing choices have an impact not only on how others perceive and treat you, but also affect your own mood and confidence.

There are very few hard and fast rules these days when it comes to most people's office wardrobe, but there are still a few (be it unspoken) rules:

1.    What is your company’s dress code or dress policy? This will vary from industry to industry and company to company. If this is unclear, then look at the various levels in your company and observe what they wear. Each company tends to have a culture of their own. Is it a smart trousers and blouse kind of company or do most people wear jeans and a tee shirt? And remember, the boring grey suit and white blouse combo is so outdated. Well-tailored dresses and heels work just as well.

Thithi Nteta, photography by Keagan Kingsley Green of Gold Creatures

2.    What is your position in the company? If you are in a leadership position, you need to dress as a person with authority. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a stark black suit, but you do need to come across as a capable leader. That being said, dress for the position you want, not just the one you have. If you dress for the position you want, you will often be noticed.

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3.    Who are your clients? Even if you are not client facing, your colleagues are your clients. Give some thought to who they are and how you want them to perceive you, then dress accordingly.

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4.  Luxe up any look: For example, add flatforms, heels or a statement neckpiece or earrings to a seemingly casual look to give it an immediate boost.

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