It is a common saying that you should dress up for the job you want and not for the job you have. That said, the job you have cannot be put on stake basis how you choose to show up at work! Remember, your clothes represent you and consequently your ethics towards work. Some quick handy tips that will take you closer to your A game:
Nothing like grooming
Personal grooming probably tops the chart when we talk of dressing ethics for any occasion or season. You might look boss lady with a monochrome pantsuit but that won’t save you from body odour or parched skin. Ensure you stay fresh but don’t make the mistake of bathing in perfume. Not smelling bad is as good as smelling good. Moisturise your skin to keep it from looking dry and flaky and keep your nails clean and clipped – especially when you’re wearing open-toe shoes! Take time out for that monthly pedicure and manicure. Looking well put together consistently gets notice.
Your clothes cannot be ill-fitting
This applies to whatever you choose to wear. Whether its a t-shirt or a dress, too small or too big is not at all flattering for a formal environment. Remember, you might be called in for an unscheduled meeting on any day. Being dressed for the occasion at all times is invaluable leverage. Imagine coming in with an oversized tee and jeans because Friday has finally arrived, only to have your manager get your client on an impromptu video call.
Modesty is attractive
The office is no place to look sexy. Don’t indulge in hemlines that are more than 3 inches above the knee, strap or tank tops, sheer dresses without inners or high heels just for the sake of adding style. You don’t want to give an inaccurate impression of yourself. Dress like you mean work. A safe V-neck t-shirt and a pair of jeans could turn out more attractive than you imagine; it all comes down to what flatters your figure.
Your shoes can define you
It’s hot but fully exposed feet are not appealing to anyone. Flip-flops and crocs are just not for the workplace. They come across sloppy and give the impression of a routine far from sorted. Ensure your closed shoes are polished or atleast removed of any grime that may draw unwanted attention!
You are your company
Whether its the classic pant-suit, a tweed blazer to dress up your jeans and tee or the two-piece pencil skirt with a button-up shirt, its always good to invest in a couple of professional attires that mean business straight away! When representing your company and engaging with clients, stockholders and the outside world, you’d want to look fit for the part and nothing short.
Other things to avoid
There are some things that, no matter how fashion forward they look, just don’t have a place in the office. Classic examples are ripped jeans, gym and sports wear including sneakers. Neon colours are distracting as are loud dangly bangles. Key is to not garner attention that is forced. A ring on every finger or multiple-layer necklaces will do just that.
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