Power dressing is about comfort, function, and what you want to accomplish.
There’s a wealth of information about workplace “power dressing”, a particular style of dress that signifies a confident, successful persona. But how about when you work from home where no one can see you? Outside of the occasional delivery person, does it matter what you wear? Is there such a thing as power dressing at home?
It does, and there is.
In an interview with Business Insider (Australia), former Christian Dior designer Jon-Michail says when you dress for work ask yourself, “What do I hope to achieve?” Although Jon-Michail was referring to corporate power dressing, this question is just as relevant to teleworkers as it is to onsite employees.
“What do I hope to achieve?” Ask yourself that question each morning as you prepare for work– even if work is a mere ten feet from your bedroom.
My guess is you want to be thought of by others as confident and competent. And you want to be productive, excellent in what you do. And you want to look forward to showing up to work each day. Does your dress reflect what you want to achieve?
If you want to dress the part, take the advice Jon-Michail gave Business Insider. There, he offered several tips on power dressing, which are surprisingly simple, practical and applicable to the remote worker.
Just because your colleagues don’t observe you often, don’t buy low quality clothing to cut corners. Not only will you wear through them faster, but you’ll be less comfortable than if you wore clothing made from better material.
Many people get stuck wearing “comfort colors”. In my dresser, for example, is a stack of gray T-shirts. I must feel more secure when I wear this bland color, but it does nothing to energize me or make me feel more energetic or competent.
Instead, I’ve discovered that I’m more confident, creative, and productive when I wear slacks and print tops. Clothing color can positively affect performance, especially if it’s out of one’s comfort zone.
Dress for the occasion.
Are you meeting a client or a group of coworkers for coffee? Dress up a little! From your appearance people will make assumptions about your competence and dedication to your job. If your appearance says, “Hi guys, nice to see you. I was cleaning my bathroom!” it’s time to give your sweatpants a break until work hours are over.
According to Katie Rice Jones, fashion expert and author of Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump: “Some home-based workers falsely believe that power dressing… doesn’t apply to them since no one see them during the workday. But they forget they are being noticed during web-based conference calls with coworkers and frequent meetings outside the home office with clients. All these impressions, good and bad, add up.”
Dress for your body shape.
The majority of us can’t get away with wearing leggings or hoodies. At best, we look like we’re headed to the gym. Ditch oversized hoodie for something more fitting. Who are you trying to hide from?
Sporting unflattering clothes merely because they’re the latest fad will make you feel worse about yourself. How well do you work when you discontented with your appearance?
Add pizzaz, but don’t overdo it.
You’ve purchased some nice pants and tops that are both comfortable and presentable. You’re almost there! Now, it’s time to fix your hair and, ladies, put on a pair of earrings. (And while you’re at it, remove that chipped nail polish!)
As Jon-Michail says, “Despite having great clothes, if your hair and makeup is not done well you can sabotage your whole image.” Don’t overdo it to where you can’t function, but be mindful that taking care of your hair, adding accessories, and wearing a dab of makeup adds to your overall appearance.
Rice-Jones adds, “No matter the location, be it at the corporate office or at your home office, no one climbs the career ladder in a pair of slouchy couch pants. [W]hat you wear during work, no matter where you work, matters.”
Working from home should not cause you to lose sight of what your goals are. Dressing to achieve your goals should be a part of your every morning routine.
What’s great about power dressing for the remote workplace is that your power outfits aren’t determined by GQ and Cosmopolitan magazines. They’re determined by comfort, function, and what you want to accomplish. What serves as a power outfit for me could differ from what works for you.
However, the principles apply to us all: By taking the time to select the perfect power outfit with comfortable clothes that flatter you and reflect who you are and want to be, you’ll feel good about yourself and be just as productive– if not more– than ever before.
Your turn: What’s your work-from-home power attire? What makes you feel more confident and creative?
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