As a professional, first impressions with colleagues and customers are fundamentally important. One of the easiest ways to guarantee a good first impression is to dress for success!
When dressing for a workplace environment, one should consider the following rules: clothes must always be well fitting, in good condition, and wrinkle free. Shoes should be neat and clean, and flip-flops should be avoided at all costs. Belts and shoes should match well with your trousers and socks. Dresses and skirts should sit at or just above the knee, covering your thighs when you sit. Don’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry, and wear natural makeup. Nails should be clean and trimmed, hair should be out of the eyes, and overwhelming perfumes should be avoided.
In a casual business environment, you can expand on your choice of colours and patterns. Ties are optional, but do not wear jeans or athletic wear. Nice slacks, casual dresses or skirts, blazers, cardigans, and subtle shoes like flats, boots, or small heels are acceptable.
In a business professional environment, stick with solid, neutral, and dark colors – do not go with bold patterns or colours. Wear suit jackets with trousers or skirts, but make sure that the sets match in colour, and that jacket sleeves fall right below the wrist. Dresses are generally appropriate, but not for interviews. Women should wear small close toed heels, and men should wear dress shoes with matching socks. It is imperative that one is clean shaven, has minimal body piercings, that ties touch the top of the belt, and that front pockets are emptied. Keep purses minimal and always keep personal items out of sight.
Following these rules, you should be ready to make a great impression in your professional workplace!
Read the full article here