Given how well our ‘Whites in Summer’ Outfit post went down, we thought we’d share a few tips this week on ‘How to Look Polished and Professional’.
To some of us, this may seem like a simple thing, but a lot of us do struggle with how to look put together. It’s something we’ve always been incredibly good at at Charlotte London, and so we thought we’d share our best tips to look put together in a pinch. For those of you with any big events, interviews, or anyone who is just looking to mature their look, this one is for you.
Always be Well Groomed.
We hate to sound like your mother here, but in order to look polished and put together, you have to have the basics sorted. Every woman should always have a good manicure/pedicure and a neat haircut (that looks clean when left un-styled). If you don’t have time to maintain this, then pulling your hair back into a neat pony tail and keeping your nails filed with a clear polish will do wonders.
The second tip is to wear makeup. This is very debatable and probably a little anti-feminist, but we prefer not to view it like that. Makeup is just getting dressed for your face. Use a little concealer, lipstick/lipgloss and mascara at least to brighten your complexion and open up your eyes. For us at least, this is a non-negotiable in looking put together, and it actually can make a difference to your pay check.
Make it easy for yourself.
In order to look polished and put together for certain meetings or events- make it easy on yourself by planning things in advance. We’d recommend picking up 2-4 suitable outfits or dresses. Stores like Whistles or Club Monaco are a good place to start. Also be sure to pick up 1 set of nude heels and flats, and another set of black heels and flats, so that all your bases are covered. We’d recommend spending a little bit of money on these looks. LK Bennett is great for the heels, and you can’t go wrong with French Sole Flats. You don’t have to go all out or spend a bomb, but these outfits should last you for some time. Try to avoid cheap or trend led clothing.
Once you have your 3-5 outfit sets, make sure to hang them in your closet together so they are easy to grab. For example, a white blazer over a navy dress (with nude pumps or flats), or, a black shift dress with a coloured jacket and black pumps, or, a red skirt with a white tank and white jacket. These are easy to grab and look immediately put together.
Here is a simple shopping list for you to make it extra easy:
2-3 simple dresses
2 jackets (one darker, one lighter)
2-3 simple skirts
4-5 basic tops (blouses, shirts, whatever)
1 pair nude heels
1 pair black heels
1 pair nude flats
1 pair black flats
1 simple bag for light outfits
1 simple bag for darker outfits
1 pair of simple earrings- studs or pearls
A Word On Accessories
Our last tip to looking put together is one around accessories. Accessories are a tough one, as they can immediately bring up or down your outfit. You don’t necessarily need a luxury item to look polished and put together, but if you have one it can be a nice touch, as long as it is not too branded or in your face (showing off is not classy, ever). Accessories are the one place where you can have a little fun, but also still look chic.
Don’t go overboard, but add in a nice bag, interesting sunglasses, or a pop of colour with your shoes. Being polished and put together doesn’t necessarily mean boring, and adding the right type of flair to your outfit can pull the whole look together.
And that’s it! We hope you enjoyed these little tips on how to look polished and put together. For more ideas for put together looks for work in particular, check out our ‘Office Style’ Board on Pinterest. We hope you loved the post and found it helpful.
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