This year, the workplace looks a little bit different for everyone. Some people have started working back in the office, but most are still working remotely from the comfort of their homes. Remote work was definitely an adjustment for everyone. No commuting meant you could choose your own sleep schedule and work on your own time. No in-person meetings meant Zoom meetings were a daily occurrence. But one of the biggest adjustments of remote work was not having to get dressed every morning. Today’s workplace might look a little bit different, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to your virtual meetings in style. Maybe you want to impress your boss in a big meeting. Or maybe you just miss the feeling of putting on a nice outfit to go to work. Regardless, just because we are not working in person doesn’t mean we can’t get dressed up. Here are 6 tips to dress for success in today’s workplace.
Iron Your Clothes
Yes, you can still see wrinkles through the camera during a virtual meeting. The first step in dressing for success is ironing your clothes. Wrinkled clothing makes you look unkempt and unprofessional. Set aside some time in the morning to quickly iron your clothes and you will instantly look more put together.
Coordinate Your Accessories
Details matter. Details are what take you from “oh, he looks nice” to “wow, that guy looks extremely put together.” Match your belt to your watch and shoes. Even take it a step further and match your socks, too. Adding these details is what is going to take your outfit to the next level.
Wear a Watch
All stylish men wear watches. It is just a fact. A nice watch will instantly tie your outfit together and make you look like you put effort into getting ready for the meeting you’re going to. Watches for men come in a variety of colors and designs so you can find one that suits your style.
Fix Your Hair
Most men just wake up in the morning, roll out of bed, brush their teeth, and call it a day. If you want to dress for success, that’s not enough. Even spending just a little bit of a time in the morning to get yourself together and fix your hair will make all the difference. Who said that hair products are just for girls? Get yourself some nice products, like a styling cream, to bring your look to the next level.
Do not go to your early morning meeting looking like you just rolled out of bed with fresh stubble. It does not matter that your meeting is virtual and no one is seeing you in person, shaving makes all the difference. A professional, well-kempt man knows how important having a good shaving routine is. A quality razor and shaving kit will help keep you in tip top shape.
Match Your Tie to Your Shirt
An unmatching outfit just screams unprofessional. When you look put together, people will respect you more. Matching your tie to your shirt will elevate your outfit and make you look way more stylish and professional. Invest in a variety of ties in different colors and patterns so you will have lots of options to choose from.
Spending a little bit of extra time getting ready in the morning will go a long way. Even though we are not working in person and our meetings are virtual, it doesn’t mean you should show up in your pajamas from last night. Wake up just a little bit earlier and fix your hair, shave, iron your clothes, and put on a nice outfit—even if it is just a shirt. Success starts with how you dress, so make you sure you’re dressed for the occasion.