I've noticed that many people find it difficult to figure out what to wear to work. I've read about it on other blogs, there are magazine articles dedicated to work attire, and my friends have told me that sometimes they don't know what to wear to an interview or their first day of work. This mini-series, "What to Wear, Work it!" is here to assist people in finding the most appropriate outfits for many different fields of work.
What I've seen and heard from professionals is that college students sometimes don't know how to dress for an interview or for work. I understand that some on campus work study students are lucky enough to work in some department offices as assistants and not really have a dress code. But being realistic, not all offices in the real workforce will have that type of lenience. Even in the most casual of environments, I think dressing for the part can really get someone ready to get down to business.
I want my readers to be inspired to develop their style in even the most basic of work spaces, and be comfortable too. So this post will be about how to dress when one works in retail. Whether you work in mall Forever21 or a small boutique in a small town, working with clothes pretty much means knowing how to dress decently. Or at least, how to dress others decently. When costumers see an employ dressed well they'll want advice on whether or not something looks good on them and if they should buy it. That can sometimes be the determining factor of whether or not an employee makes a possible sale or not.
Working in a clothing store doesn't mean that one should only wear the best and maybe even most expensive clothes. It's about taking what you already have in your closet and being creative. Start off with what you've already got and think about what look you'd like to go for or what type of environment your space is like. For example, if one works at Hollister in the hot Summer, that person shouldn't come to work in a fleece parka. Because one, that would be uncomfortable in the dead of Summer and two, most likely the parka won't be in season for a couple months anyways. Some stores have a dress code and again, be creative yet stay within the guidelines of what the company permits.
If one wants to wear a simple outfit that consists of a basic t-shirt and jeans, then do so, just maybe accessorize it or tuck in the shirt a certain way.
A great everyday work outfit for retail could consist of a nice top or blouse, a pair of jeans, and comfortable shoes. In my look, I'm wearing a baby-doll pleated blouse and skinny-cut jeans with black flats. The blouse is flowy, feminine, and comfortable. The jeans are a nice dark wash and go well with the other dark parts of the ensemble. The shoes are basic and I've added a blue cardigan for a pop of color.
I guess I look a bit preppy or even girly, but I like those styles and I'm committed to the look. The little things are what really puts this look together. Adding the cardigan, the glasses and putting my hair in a bun. It's the simple things that can definitely make a difference.
Babydoll Blouse- Similar to the one on Nordstromrack
Denizen jeans in Modern Skinny- By Levi
Black flats- Most likey from Target
Blue Cardigan- Originally from Gap, thrifted
Hello, my name is Nicole. This is a collection of some of my favorite things, DIYs, food, and mostly Fashion. You should see how messy my closet is. I truly have a clothing obsession and collections of random craft supplies in the corner. Don't forget to leave your unproductive biases and criticisms at the door. Come embrace the Black Girl Magic. Welcome to my closet!