Inspiration for your work wardrobe, no matter your profession

Stuck in a rut when it comes to your working wardrobe? Here's how to take a fresh look at yours and breathe new life into it, minimal effort required…

It's easy to fall back onto the same look for work time and time again. But injecting a bit of fun into your Monday-to-Friday style is actually quite easy.

Read on for our five easy tips to help you feel more inspired, whether you're at the office or the playground...

Brighten up your basics

If you spend your days in an office, your wardrobe is probably full of smart basics, such as tailored shirts and chinos, but there are lots of ways to make those 9-5 fashions feel more inspired.

A high-quality, simple white T-shirt looks great - and just as professional - under a blazer; and dark suede or faux leather trousers are a modern update for chinos.

If that's a little too daring for your working environment, unexpected colours or prints can easily transform your boardroom looks, too. Try a coral, striped or pale pink blazer rather than black; light blue or canary yellow chinos in place of navy; or a tailored shirt in a print instead of plain white.

Working from home with style

It can be easy to overlook your clothes if you're self-employed or a full-time mum, but actually thinking about getting dressed - even if you're not leaving the house - will help you feel more energetic and productive, which is never a bad thing!

Every morning, get ready as if you were commuting somewhere. You'll find it helps you feel ready to tackle your full to-do list.

Don't overlook the finishing touches

No matter how lovely your outfit, lacklustre hair can bring down your self-esteem and energy. A polished hairstyle is also a great way to add some of your personality if you wear a standard uniform at work.

Invest in quality products that keep your hair looking shiny and healthy with minimal effort, such as Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner - which does what it promises in one quick step.

Also, finding the right hairstyle for your hair type and lifestyle is essential, as is going for regular trims - you might feel that you don't have the time, but regular trims will actually make your hair more manageable on a daily basis, so will save you time in the long run.

For super-speedy hair ideas, check out Three everyday hairstyles that take 30 seconds to do.

Prepare the night before

Just like packing the kids' lunches for the next day before you go to bed, having a look already planned out when you wake up makes it so much easier. That way you will feel like your best self, no matter how much you're rushing in the morning.

Follow your personal style over trends

No matter the trends, it's always stylish to opt for shapes that you feel are flattering, comfortable, appropriate and easy to wear. Some favourite, timeless options for both office and home-based work are wrap dresses, silky blouses paired with loose ankle-length trousers, or tunic tops over smart black jeans.

By sticking with the shapes that make you feel amazing and livening them up with colour, texture and print, getting dressed to impress really is a breeze.

What are your failsafe style-at-work tips? Share them with us in the comments below. For more tips and advice on the getting your hair looking its best, visit our Pantene homepage.