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How to dress for the office

How to dress for the office

Dressing correctly for the office: You're the boss!

Here at London Fashion blog we believe it's all about looking the part and dressing for the job you want rather than the job you have. It's a new year and it's time to focus on your career and ambitions. What do you want? And how are you going to get it? If your not happy with your job or you want to move up the career ladder then it's time to take action. Confidence is key when it comes to most things and if you look and sound the part, it goes a long way.

Office wear is not all about boring suits and impossible heels. There is a huge scope of outfits and looks to suit your style and job. Power dressing is not just 80s shoulder pads and heavy make up, it's looking professional and stylish at the same time. A great work wardrobe will give you the confidence to stand out, put forward your ideas and argue your case. Holding your own in a meeting can be tough, especially if your colleges don't see things your way or you've got a big presentation to make. Feeling like you look the part and being comfortable can really turn things around.

If you’re looking to start a new job and have interviews to go to then it's important you look smart, bright and enthusiastic. Be on time, have your CV or paperwork ready, be friendly but professional, do your research about the company and try to guess what kind of questions they will ask you. If you get nervous, just take deep breaths and take your time. Show them what you’re made of and that they'd be lucky to have you. If you don't get the job however, then put it all down as experience and ask the company for feedback on how you did. It can be tough hearing criticism of how you interview but knowing how you come across could help you land the next job.

If your going for a pay rise then have an argument ready. Work hard, stay late, be dedicated and put forward your ideas. No boss is just going to give you a pay rise just because you asked for it, so you need to show them how valuable you really are. Go into that office armed with all the dedication you've been showing and all the great work you've been doing. If they need a good reason to give you a pay rise or even a promotion then give them one.

Giving a presentation to a large group of people can be an absolute nightmare, or a fantastic opportunity to let others know who you are and what you do. As always it's about being prepared and doing your homework. It may seem boring but if you go into that presentation knowing what your going to say and how to answer any questions, then you will feel much more confident. Have notes handy but don't read straight from cards, practice in front of a mirror or better yet a good friend. Make sure any software or visual aids are ready and doing what they're supposed to. Hold your head high, put your shoulders back and command the room.

And finally have fun with your work wardrobe. You’re a professional on equal footing with everyone else, so ditch the plunging necklines and mini skirts. Go for well tailored pieces that you can mix and match, stylish yet comfortable shoes that won't kill you if you need to be on your feet all day and great accessories that will hold all your folders and gadgets. Here at London Fashion blog we truly believe that looking the part is more than half the battle and with great style you can achieve anything.

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