When I look in my closet to find a shirt to wear for work, my color choices mostly consist of royal blue, light blue, sky blue, and cobalt blue. At the beginning of both of my part-time jobs, the managers gave me blue t-shirts for my uniforms, which made my day because blue is my favorite color. As difficult as it is to believe, though, there actually can be such a thing as too much blue. Sue learned this in Sue Likes Blue, one of my favorite books when I was a kid. Apparently, living in a blue room and eating only blue food induces the same desire for other colors as staring at a closet full of blue t-shirts.
I joyously welcomed the email informing me that my work was ordering me FIVE new shirts! I ecstatically visited the website to select my preferred COLORS! Consistent with my passion for blue, I ordered one sky blue shirt, but soon I’ll also get to wear azalea, cherry red, kiwi, and dark chocolate.
If you need to banish the work wardrobe blues, whether or not you wear a uniform, let me suggest two tips:
1. Personalize whenever possible. Stay within the dress code, but wear items that represent your personal style. A couple of days ago, I wore silver dangle earrings with my blue t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, and tennis shoes. Of course the earrings contrasted with my casual work wear, but they looked pretty and made me smile when I looked in the mirror. At my restaurant job, earrings are one of the few ways to personalize the uniform. Because the ball cap, t-shirt, and jeans make me feel out of my fashion element, I like to wear flower earrings that hint at my romantic fashion style.
2. Add variety. Try wearing a color that you like but don’t wear very often. Trade flats for heels, or vice versa. Mix in a recent trend that catches your eye.
You have the ability to make changes to your work wardrobe and enjoy putting your outfits together everyday!
What strategies help you banish the work wardobe blues?