If you’re lucky enough to be an at-home entrepreneur, you’ve probably already discovered one of the perks is not having a dress code. But staying in your pajamas all day may not be the best idea for your business. Numerous studies have shown that the way we look affects how we think, act and feel.
About five years ago, I learned this the hard way. Just a few short months into working from home, I lost all accountability for looking put-together. My yoga pants became my daily uniform. Unfortunately, it started to affect my productivity and motivation.
Falling into this rut was the catalyst for starting my blog Get Your Pretty On. Blogging has been my accountability partner for getting dressed in real clothes on a daily basis. Even if I don’t leave the house, I still make an effort to look presentable every day and it’s made all the difference in how I feel about myself.
Through the years, I’ve found that I go back to the same pieces over and over again. My closet is full of plenty of options whether I’m doing video calls, meeting with a client, at a speaking engagement or just staying home and writing. Having a core wardrobe of basics allows me to create mix and match outfits and makes getting dressed a no-brainer.
10 Wardrobe Basics for Entrepreneurs
1. Dark Wash Jeans
Every woman needs a great fitting pair of dark wash jeans. They’re universally flattering and can be dressed up with heels and a blouse or down with casual basics. Look for a pair that has a little stretch for the best fit.
2. Printed Tops and Blouses
4. Fitted Blazer
5. Ballet Flats
6. White Dress Shirt
8. Pencil Skirt
10. Neutral Handbag
Invest in a good quality neutral handbag that you can carry for a few years. Satchels have a classic shape that’s always in style.
Alison Lumbatis is a personal stylist and life coach specializing in effortless, accessible style. Through her online styling program the GYPO Style Challenge she provides seasonal trend shopping lists and capsule wardrobes to create mix and match outfits.
Get Your Pretty On reaches a half million visitors a year in over 200 countries. Alison strives to inspire a global community of women to rediscover style and embrace what makes them feel pretty, happy and confident.