Motivation Monday: The Job You Want
Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!
It's a pretty old adage but one that still rings true: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. And as we're still in the thrall of the new year, it's certainly a worthy time to take a peek into your work wardrobe and ask yourself: is this really the image I want to project in the office?
This week, we're challenging you to do a work wardrobe audit. First, pull out everything you typically wear to work. Assess each item for the following:
- Does this still fit me right?
- Is there any damage, like a stain or fray?
- When is the last time I wore this item?
- Does this item feel like 'me'?
This is an easy way to start culling items from your work clothes - anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or is simply worn out should probably be retired.
Once you've siphoned off some pieces, take a look at what's left. How do you typically pair your items right now? Is there a more creative combination you could be adding to the mix? If you've never tried on that bright blue blazer with your favourite day dress, try the two on together and take a look in the mirror - is it a wow moment?
From there, it's time to fill in the gaps. First, think about your favourite pieces. What are some ways you can elevate or reinvent them? Would a fun necklace spice up that simple black sweater? What about a drapey layering piece, like the beautiful How Does Your Garden Grow cardigan?
Finally, think about what you've discarded and what you've seen and loved lately. Is there a particular neckline you're keen to try out? Has the air conditioning in your office inspired you to invest in some long-sleeved dresses, like the Pieces of Me Dress?
If you've managed to cull a good portion of your work wardrobe, don't feel bad about setting a budget and adding a few new items to the mix. It'll put a pep in your step and show your superiors that you care about how you present yourself - making you that much more likely to nab that dream job.
And don't be afraid to do this wardrobe overhaul on the regular - think about your work clothes each day and ask if you feel 100% amazing, and like you're the kick ass boss-in-training you want to be seen as.