Sometimes the simplest New Year's resolutions are the most impactful. This year, commit to dressing for the job you want. Whether you're starting your career, transitioning into a management role, or going back to work after having a baby, building a professional wardrobe can be daunting and expensive. Last year, Matilda Kahl broke the internet with her story about how she wore the same outfit every day for a year in an effort to boost creativity and reduce stress at work. Kahl has a point: an edited wardrobe can be liberating. Fortunately, there is a way to achieve the same results without going to such an extreme. Here are five simple ways to build a streamlined work wardrobe. You'll be amazed how easy it is to save time in the morning and look great every single day.
1. Find Your Power Dress.
Every woman should own a power dress, her go-to look for any big day. I love a great sheath dress. You can be totally covered up and still feel sexy and powerful. Try a solid hue for added versatility.
2. Invest in Signature Jewels.
Your mornings are busy enough, save time by creating a signature jewelry style. Whether you prefer polished pearls or a delicate gold chain, you'll appreciate the time you save by not having to reinvent the wheel every morning. Plus, you can feel better about splurging on a really great piece if you wear it all the time!
3. Versatility is Essential.
Shop for looks you will enjoy wearing in the evenings and on weekends. I love a wrap dress in a bright color, because there are countless ways to style and re-wear it. And, it's a great piece to throw on for a last minute brunch, baby shower, or fancy date night.
4. Borrow from the Boys
Invest in a perfectly tailored blazer to elevate your look. You can wear a black blazer endlessly. I love this edgy, Balmain look, because it also looks great with ripped jeans on the weekends.
5. Ankle Length Pants are Everything.
Ankle length pants go with any shoe style. Busy day on your feet? Throw on some pointy toed flats or loafers and head out the door. Want to feel like a boss for your next presentation? Wear your favorite pumps or heeled sandals.