Do's and don'ts of professional attire
When leaving home, look in a full length mirror and ask yourself: ‘If Ms. CEO or Mr. #1 Client invites me for an impromptu lunch, am I dressed appropriately?’ If your answer is yes, you pass the test. If not, turn around and change.
üFind out what your company’s Dress Code is and stick to it– When in doubt ASK HR
üRemember, foremost you dress to meet your Client’s expectations
- Your position
- Your age
- Your body shape
- The company you represent
- The season
- The place
- The time of day
üLook to Superiors, one level above yours, to seek appropriate wear models
üRespect Hand-High & Hand-Low :
- Place your thumb at the bottom of your neck and where your pinkie ends is the deepest cleavage acceptable.
- Place your pinkie at the top of your knee and where your thumb ends is the shortest hem acceptable.
üKeep your Shoulders covered; the Michelle Obama look is generally considered cocktail wear
üKeep an Emergency Kit at the office with freshening supplies and
- Ladies: Light cardigan or blazer, extra pair of stockings, nail polish, mending kit and a safety pin
- Gentlemen: blazer, tie and shoe laces
ûWear Beach wear or accessories:
- Tank tops
- Flip flops; they are noisy and distracting
- Sunglasses not even as a head band
ûWear Workout wear or accessories:
- Sweat anything
- Running shoes
- Ball caps
- White socks
- T-Shirts, unless worn under a blazer
ûWear Stay up late wear:
- Anything spandex
- Anything sparkly
- Anything see through
- Visible underwear; Victoria’s Secret should remain a secret!
ûWear shirts with Funny or Vacationing sayings
ûWear clothing that is in need of TLC: stained, wrinkled, too small, too big or in need of repair
ûNever go without makeup!
Women who wear subtle make-up earn 30% more than women who go without, according to the American Economic Review.