Rules to Live By: What should I wear to work?


Ever hear the phrase, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” Looking the part is the first step to making a great first impression or reminding your workplace that you’ve got what it takes to move up. Whether you’re prepping for a big interview or it’s just another day at the office, here are a few tips I’ve learned that can help you dress to impress every time.

Confidence is Key

It doesn’t matter what you wear if you don’t feel confident wearing it. Confidence is all about how you present yourself. For me, I feel most confident in jeans (plus, Student Maid started because of a pair of jeans!). Yes, jeans aren’t appropriate in every situation, but I wear them when I can because they give me that extra boost that helps me speak in front of hundreds of people or handle a tough situation at work. In situations where wearing jeans is acceptable, I can dress them up so that I still look professional. Figure out what part of your wardrobe makes you feel great just by putting it on, and wear it (as long as it’s appropriate!) the next time you need a confidence boost. It works wonders; I promise!

Find the Right Fit

What’s the difference between Don Draper and Dwight Schrute (from the TV show The Office)? Fitted shirts! OK, it’s probably a bit more than that, but you get the point. Clothes aren’t always ready to wear off the rack, so taking clothes to a tailor can take an outfit from frumpy to fantastic. You only get one chance at a first impression, and that includes how you present yourself on the outside. Bonus tip: Not great with an iron? Hand-held steamers ( can save you from wrinkly clothes and burned fingers. Plus, they’re super fast and portable!

Dress for Success

It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. For guys, that means when in doubt, wear a suit! Unfortunately, guys can’t get away with dressing up jeans the way girls can but you can still take a simple, comfortable outfit (like khakis and a polo), throw on a blazer, and voila: Instant professional.

“Colorful” Character

If you really want your clothes to speak for you, try color-coding your wardrobe. The biggest, most successful companies in the world use colors to influence customers every day, so why not try out out a carefully color-coordinated outfit on your coworkers? The results could surprise you!

Here are some colors and what they mean:


To learn more about the science behind colors, click here (

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