When a corporate uniform is done well, it not only takes away the daily dilemma of what to wear, it helps style you into a business frame of mind.
There is many a morning (Mondays especially) when I lament not having a uniform to pull out of the wardrobe.
There are, however, ways to take the stress out of choosing what you wear to work.
With a bit of pre-planning, the resulting look can appear as effortless as a uniform.
■ Organise your wardrobe. Group your work clothes into tops, skirts, pants and dresses. I also group mine in like colours and position clothes for functions or other occasions away from my work clothes. This allows you to see at a glance what’s still in the ironing basket and what’s ready to wear.
■ Think of how each of these fashion pieces can combine together. Write down a list of these combinations and put the list on the inside of your wardrobe. Photographing the pieces together can also serve as a useful reminder and help you to regularly get the most out of your wardrobe.
■ Before going to bed each night, think about what your work day will bring the next day. Mentally note what you plan to wear – down to the shoes and accessories. This makes it easier during the morning rush hour at home and gives you more of a chance of arriving at work looking polished.