I know I’ve already written posts on how to dress for an interview or a day at the job, but for those of you working at a retail or customer service job, sometimes pencil skirts and blazers are not an option. This summer I was lucky enough to get a job working for a boating company in Boston, and like many summer jobs, they have a basic uniform formula of blue polo+khakis+white shoes. While these uniforms will allow you to look uniform and professional, they can sometime smother your style….but not to fear! This post will show you how to add a bit of your own style to your job’s uniform this summer!
Tips and Tricks
- You’re there to Blend in– The goal of a uniform is as the word suggets, is to present a unified image to a customer. And while blending in may not seem to stylish, read and keep up with your company’s policy to avoid any run ins with your boss. That being said there are some simple ways to add a bit of you into a uniform!
- Accessories- Accessories are a girl’s best friend when it comes to personalizing a uniform. Whether it’s a cute pair of earrings or a stylized necklace, little touches of your style can go a loooong way!
- Shoes– While many jobs require closed toed shoes, there are a variety of different comfortable styles for those of you who will be standing on your feet, perfect for your style!
- Hairstyles-While I tend to focus on clothes, different fun hairstyles are a great way to spice up your look on a day to day basis.
Polo and Khaki’s
This look is inspired by my personal uniform this summer, which happens to be a blue blazer, khaki colored shorts and closed toe shoes. I chose these adorable scalloped high waisted shorts, and sperry shoes, as I will be working at a dock this summer! For accessories, I’m allowed to wear non distracting earrings and simple jewelry. I also included a nautical inspired handbag to throw everything into!
Whether you’re working at a restaurant, a coffee shop or a concert hall, an all black uniform can be quite a snooze after a week or two. The key is to add a variety of textures, and embellishments to add depth to a look. This outfit features cropped black pants, a lace top, a black blazer and embellished flats.
Prior to this summer, I’ve worked as a camp counselor at a local summer camp. We were required to wear a camp T-shirt, athletic shorts and running shoes. This look features a faux camp t-shirt, Soffe shorts, and a pair of Nike Sneakers. Getting creative with colors, and hair accessories will allow you to stand out but still have the functionality you need.
Will you be wearing a uniform this summer? What did you think of these tips? Let me know in a comment below!
*Sparkle On and Wear Bows*