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What Is Appropriate To Wear To Work?

office dress codeAppearance plays a major role in your career's success, whether you like it or not. I am not suggesting that if you don’t have Brad Pitt’s jawline or Jennifer Aniston’s legs that you won’t be successful; I am, however, saying that if you rock-up to work with a face like Chewbacca or a 9-10 sized girl’s skirt- your career could suffer major holdbacks.

Here are crucial tips every professional should adhere to when dressing for work:

Especially for women:

  1. Dress classy, not sexy. Inappropriate clothing can be very distracting and give others a very inaccurate impression of you. Short skirts, Eiffel Tower heals, low cut tops, etc. should be avoided. Opt for wedges, V-necks or collared shirts and cover those legs!
  2. Keep your nails clean and pretty. This applies to your fingernails and toenails.
  3. Layoff over-accessorising. Remember that accessories should complement your outfit, not overpower it.
  4. Make sure your jewellery doesn’t jingle. This is irritating for others in the office.

Especially for men:

  1. Stay away from ankle socks with slacks. When your leg "makes an appearance" between your sock and slacks, this can look very unprofessional.
  2. Tame the wolverine. Make sure your beard is neat and well groomed. Also, consult a stylish person for advice on what facial hair, if any, best suits you.

For both men and women:

  1. Wear clothes that fit, please. If your jersey makes you look like you’re wearing a wizard’s coat, ditch it; if your blouse jacket’s buttons are about to pop, send it to the nearest children’s home.
  2. Dry your hair before you come to work. Looking like a wet rat early in the morning is not at all professional.
  3. Pay attention to what’s appropriate to your industry. Some companies are more formal than others, however, always be modest no matter how informal the dress code is.
  4. Don’t overdo the cologne or perfume. Sometimes it can really put people off.
  5. Take a decent bag to work. Neat bags that hold everything, are neutral in colour and have nothing falling out during the day are often appropriate.
  6. Be bold. This tip is not absolutely essential; however, rich colours exude authority. Wear bold colours especially to meetings and presentations.
  7. Avoid flashy colours. Flashy, over distracting clothing is the fashion equivalent of shouting.
  8. Wear fitting specs. Nothing distracts others more than someone who is constantly poking their glasses up the bridge of their nose.

If you follow these tips, your career won't crash to pieces as a result of bad fashion taste!

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