16th Nov 2012
How to... Dress for Work Success
LOOKING THE PART IN THE WORKPLACE
THE dress code will vary depending on the environment you work in but there are a few rules that can apply to most jobs. Although it may seem superficial, first impressions count and maintaining a professional image is necessary in order to inspire confidence in your ability.
BE APPROPRIATE: Sports wear or clothes that could be worn in a nightclub or on a beach are not suitable for the workplace.
Jeans, short skirts, shorts or strappy tops are all viewed as inappropriate. Hats and head coverings are not appropriate in a work place, except for religious or cultural purposes.
COVER UP: Clothing that reveals too much flesh — cleavage, back, stomach or legs is not appropriate to wear in a working environment.
Footwear should also be considered. Open toe shoes or sandals should not be worn in an office or catering environment. Likewise scruffy sports shoes will look unprofessional.
DON’T OVERDO IT: Perfume and jewellery should be kept to a minimum and make up should be applied in good taste. Consider co-workers before you douse yourself in strong smelling perfume or aftershave. Some workplaces may have rules about nail polish, visible tattoos or body piercings and these should be complied with.
OVER DRESS RATHER THAN UNDER DRESS: It is better to stand out for being the best dressed rather than for wearing inappropriate attire. Look to the boss for inspiration — if they wear a suit then perhaps you should too.
STAY SMART: Clothes should at all times be clean and well ironed. It will do your professional reputation no good to be viewed as scruffy or unkempt.
CONSIDER HEALTH AND SAFETY: The workplace dictates certain items of protective clothing must be worn then make sure you wear them. Failure to do so could be seen as breach of contract.