Have you ever wondered where all the dress code has gone? Depending on where you are and where you are on a given business day, the words “past” will come to mind. It’s hard to determine if people don’t know what to wear to work or have lost sight of the relevance of looks to professional success.
It is said that the Queen of England told Prince Charles: “Clothing gives people an outward sign that the inner mind can be judged. One sees, the other cannot.” Clearly, what he was saying was something most people were reluctant to accept; Let people judge us by the way we dress. Our appearance sends a message at every business and social event.
Try going to a busy restaurant for lunch. Look around you to see what people are wearing, who you are, their business line, their personality and whether you judge their skills. Think about how you feel when you wear your usual business attire instead of casual attire. The business attire you choose speaks volumes about your professional conduct and credibility. If you want to promote yourself and your organization in a positive way, it is important to know how to dress for business.
How you dress depends on four factors: the industry in which you work, the job you have in that industry, the geographical area in which you live; And most importantly, what your customer expects to see.
Professional attire for men
In menswear, fashion does not change significantly from season to season, but business attire is about being professional, not a trend. It is about presenting your customers in a way that makes them comfortable and confident with you. Dressing for success is still the rule. These are just a few things to keep in mind when deciding what a professional entrepreneur should wear to work.
Choose a traditional dress in navy, black or gray, striped or navy colors. The quality of the material speaks as loudly as the color and can distinguish between dark and soft.
A white or blue shirt with long sleeves gives a more refined look. The more pattern and color you add, the more you focus on your clothes rather than your profession.
Ties should be made of fabrics such as silk or silk. If you want to increase your credibility, avoid cartoon characters and go simple and subtle.
Socks should be calf or more. Make sure they fit not only with what you use but also with each other. A quick glance at a good light before leaving the door can avoid the inconvenience of a day after. You go through the airport security and check if your shoes are removed.
Shoes should definitely be traditional, clean and well polished. Lace-up shoes are a better option than slip-on sneakers or flip flops. Do not think for a minute that people do not see shoes. Most people will look at your feet in front of your face.
The straps should match or closely coordinate with your shoes. Again, quality is calculated.
Keep jewelry to a minimum. In an age where men play with gold necklaces, bracelets and earrings, the business professional should be confined to a traditional watch, a wedding band and perhaps his college ring.
Personal hygiene is part of the equation for success. Freshly scratched on highly fragrant ones any day of the week. Save the lotion after hours, but never shave.
The final touch for the businessman is to choose his accessories: bag, wallet and pen. At the conclusion of the transaction, a high-waisted dress, a silk tie and a good pair of leather shoes may lose their effect when you take out the pen you picked up at your hotel meeting hall the day before.
Professional dress for women
When women entered the workplace more than ever in the 1970s and 1980s and began to fill positions traditionally held by men, many of them believed that they should imitate men’s business attire. The result was a woman in a suit or skirt and jacket that looked like a men’s tie. Happily those days are gone. The business woman can now wear pants to work, but she does so out of a desire to appear professional. Her goal is no longer to reflect her male counterparts.
The same general rules apply to women’s work clothes as to men. Business attire is not a reflection of the latest fashion trends. A woman should focus on who she is and her professional skills rather than what she is wearing. Your business attire should be appropriate for your industry and your position or title in the industry.
For a more traditional look, start with a skirt or trousers. The skirt dress is more professional. With the exception of a few, clothes do not offer the same authenticity except with matching jackets.
The skirt should be knee length or slightly above or below. Avoid extremes. A skirt more than two inches above the knee raises the eyebrows and asks questions.
Trousers should be torn at the top of the foot or shoe. Capri pants and their fashion sisters are the latest trend to come in a variety of styles from mid-calf to ankle, and they are not positioned in a traditional business environment.
Blouses and sweaters add color and variety to women’s clothing, but they should be more attractive to reveal. Wrong necklaces and hips can give the wrong impression.
Women in the business world need to wear stockings. Neutral or co-tone tights are the best options. Do not wear light colored clothing or dark socks with shoes. Keep an extra pair of socks in your desk drawer.
Businesses should focus on the face, not the feet, so choose conservative shoes. Low heels are more professional than flats or high heels. Despite the rage for current fashions and sandals, open or back shoes are not an office outfit. Sandals are not only a safety hazard, they suggest some kind of official agenda.
When it comes to accessories and jewelry, less is more. Keep it simple: one ring on one hand, one earring on one ear. Accessories should reflect your personality, not diminish your credibility.
Business attire is different from weekend and evening attire. Investing in a good business wardrobe is an investment for your professional future. For those who think it’s not what you wear that makes you successful, think about it a little more. The same goes for personal appearance as well as all important first impressions, regardless of business skills and experience.