Whether you’re an entrepreneur or you work for someone else, how you present yourself matters significantly. This not only attributes to your personality, professionalism, and customer service but your outer appearance as well. Your hair, skin, makeup, clothes, and shoes are some of the first things people see and it says a lot about who you are. To give off a good impression, it is therefore essential to look your best.
When it comes to dressing professionally, however, some women have a hard time finding a balance between their personal style and traditional business dress codes. This is especially true in the summer when wearing less and dressing boldly is more common but not always acceptable in the workplace. Though it can be hard to juggle, the reality is you can have one without compromising the other. Below are some summer fashion and beauty tips every working woman can use.
Follow Dress Codes
Women that work in an office setting are usually required to follow a set of dress code rules. These rules change with each season, so be sure to review your policies to ensure that you aren’t selecting fashions that aren’t allowed in the workplace. Common restrictions might include backless sandals, strapless dresses, short skirts, and see-through clothing.
Keep Makeup Simple
There’s nothing wrong with wearing makeup to enhance your look. However, in a professional setting, you want to keep it simple. This is even truer during the summer months where tons of makeup can cause sweats and breakouts. Find a breathable foundation, apply a small amount of blush, stick to neutral makeup pencils, and opt for traditional-colored lipstick like pink, red, mauve, peach, or even just a hint of gloss to give your lips that extra pop.
Think Beyond the Suit
Dressing professionally doesn’t have to mean that you wear business suits to work every day. In fact, there are a lot of other fashionable options for professional women to choose from. Sundresses, for example, are perfect for the summer. They come in an array of styles, patterns, and colors to suit your personal preferences but often fall in line with any dress codes. You can even add things like a cardigan, blazer, and accessories for more personality. Other options include pencil point skirts with short-sleeved blouses, capri pants with a tank and a cardigan, or trendy jumpers and rompers.
Flats Are Both Trendy and Practical
Every professional woman likely owns a few pairs or pumps and heels in their closet. While they look great and can add to an outfit, they aren’t always the most comfortable shoes to wear. After a while, your feet, back, and neck hurts from walking around all day. Why not switch things up this summer with some trendy flats. They come in an array of styles, colors, and patterns to pair with your attire. Flats pair well with everything from a pants suit to a sundress, and they’re a lot more comfortable when you’re on your feet all day.
Manageable Yet Trendy Hairstyles
The summer months can be brutal on your hair. You can curl your hair in the morning and by the time the afternoon arrives you’ve got a frizzy, puffy, mess. Instead of selecting hairstyles that take a lot of time and money to manage (or fall apart easily), opt for something trendy yet manageable. A short pixie cut, a nice bob cut, or even a short head full of curls looks great, can be managed easily, and tend to do well in the intense summer heat.
Express Yourself with Accessories
If you want to add a bit of personality to your professional style this summer, accessories are a practical and affordable way to do it. The right pair of earrings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, purse, hat, or scarf can completely transform an outfit from basic to fabulous. Feel free to get a bit bolder here and express yourself by purchasing statement pieces that allow your true self to shine through.
As you can clearly see from above, just because you’re a working woman doesn’t mean you can’t look professional and fashionable at the same time. If you’re tired of the same old suits or worried about purchasing something that would violate company dress code policies, these tips are sure to help you find a healthy balance that allows you to make the right impression while looking your absolute best.