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Tips for Making Your Work Wardrobe Work in Your Favor

Getting dressed for work shouldn’t feel like work, but even the most stylish working women can admit that always looking the part can be tough–especially if they already struggle to find pants that are long enough! Whether you’re a tall goddess or a curvy queen, it can be tough to balance style with professionalism in the workplace.

Fortunately, Alloy Apparel and our partner Working Wardrobes are here to save the day, not only through the Power of our Good Pair initiative but by giving professional ladies of all sizes some tips on making their wardrobe stretch further.

The Power of a Good Pair Initiative

Alloy Apparel believes in giving back to the community. We’re proud to partner with Working Wardrobes through the Power of a Good Pair initiative to support their efforts to change the lives of over 100,000 men, women, veterans, and young adults overcoming difficult challenges.

We’ve donated our bestselling career casual Twill Pant styles to Working Wardrobes, meaning ladies who are going through the challenges of re-entering the workforce won’t have to worry about their outfits. After all, isn’t there enough to worry about when interviewing for new jobs without having to worry about your clothes? Learn more about Working Wardrobes and consider donating to their cause here!  

We pulled together a few style tips that you might find useful.

Tip #1: First In/Last Out

Did you know that the majority of women only wear 20% of their closet 80% of the time? Fortunately, there are a number of variations on the “first in/last out” strategy that’ll prevent you from wearing the same pieces over, and over, and over again.

For one, hang the outfit you just wore in the most remote corner of your closet so you’re forced to see only pieces you haven’t worn lately. If something doesn’t inspire you, consider donating it to the less fortunate.

Another approach is to hang each item inside out after you wear it. This way, you can visually identify pieces you’ve worn recently and which are begging to be worn for a day. Those pieces collecting dust on the interior seams? Maybe it’s time to donate them to a fellow boss babe who’s ready to be first in/last out at the office!

Tip #2: Pick Transitional Items

Let’s face it–career gals are super busy. It’s not uncommon to go from meeting with clients to meeting your BFFs for happy hour, so consider stocking up on transitional items instead of more stuffy items that are only appropriate for the boardroom. If a blouse or skirt can be dressed down with the right shoes or outerwear, consider adding it to your wardrobe!

Another thing to think about is whether your wardrobe needs a downgrade. If you have a ton of super fancy dresses that have been sitting in your closet waiting for the perfect occasion, and that occasion hasn’t happened in the past year, chances are it won’t happen at all. Replace that fancy top or dress with something that’s a little more appropriate for day-to-day wear.

Tip #3: Invest in Wardrobe Stretchers

If you don’t already have a foundation of basic workwear, there’s no time like the present to invest in some wardrobe stretchers. As the name implies, wardrobe stretchers will help you stretch your wardrobe so it can go even further, saving costs and energy long-term. Ideally, these items will be in black and made from high-quality fabrics so they last longer and will match with almost everything you already own.

We recommend purchasing these items in black, and building the rest of your wardrobe around them: slim trousers, a pencil skirt, shift dresses, and a jacket.

So there you have it–some professional wardrobe tips from the helpful team over at Working Wardrobes. If you have any other ideas, let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for ways to help our gorgeous customers look their best, in and out of the workplace.

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