Rules for Dressing Appropriately in The Office
1. Understand What’s Appropriate for Your Company
Every company has different dress codes. Some company’s may require you to wear a suit and tie, where as others may not blink and eye if you were to turn up in a singlet and shorts. Some companies require staff to wear a uniform, or at least just part of a uniform, such as a branded polo shirt. Other companies dress codes may be a little more relaxed however, you may still be told to wear a shirt and long pants.
2. Wear Clothing That Fits
The clothing you choose to wear to work my be perfectly fine, however if it is too small or too big, you are going to look ridiculous. Ensure everything you wear fits well, from your pants to your tie.
3. Accessories Are Important!
Your outfit may be stunning, but if you are wearing ugly glasses, have a bag that is falling apart, and have gone over the top with jewellery that doesn’t suit what you are wearing, you are going to bring your whole look down. Keep your accessories clean and sophisticated, ensuring they fit in with what you are wearing.
4. Avoid Super Bright Colours
While some people love bright, fluorescent colours, the workplace is probably not the best place to wear these sort of clothes. Pops of colours are fine, however if you are thinking of turning up to work in a neon pink jumpsuit, you might want to reconsider.
5. Don’t Wear Clothing That Is Too Revealing
Avoid short hemlines, low necklines, and revealing clothing. Keep in mind that you are in a work environment and not a nightclub. Whilst you don’t have to go over the top with your modesty, keep in mind the environment and dress accordingly.
6. Don’t Copy Your Colleagues
Take note of what others in your workplace are wearing, but don’t directly copy them. For example, if you particularly like your colleagues shirt, don’t go out and buy it for yourself. This can come across as weird and a little stalkerish! Plus, who wants to look the same as everyone else? Make a conscious effort too stand out from the crowd, without violating the company’s dress code.
7. The Workplace Is Not A Place for Statements
You are at work, not on the catwalk. If you are thinking of wearing that skirt that’s just a bit too over the top, it’s probably best to leave it for the weekend, or some other time. Keep your workwear neat and crisp. There is no need to wear garments with over-the-top branding. Stick with something a little more monotone.
8. Don’t Be Too Casual
In some companies, you may be able to get away with a little less of a formal look on a Friday, however, it is very unlikely that your boss will be impressed if you turn up to work in an old singlet or a pair of sandals. Even if you are thinking of wearing jeans to work, it’s best to check that this will be ok, as in a lot of companies jeans are not accepted in the workplace.
9. Do Your Hair Before Coming to Work
Your outfit may be on point, but if you turn up to work with your hair looking like you have just got out of bed, it is going to bring your whole look down. Before you leave the house for work in the morning, make sure your hair is neat and tidy. If you have washed your hair that morning, make sure you blow-dry it before heading into the office.
10. Cover Any Tattoos
Most dress-codes require you to cover any tattoos. In this case, if you have a tattoo on your forearm, ensure you wear a long-sleeved shirt. If you have tattoos on your legs, you will need to opt for pants as opposed to shorts. If you are thinking of getting a tattoo in the future, consider your uniform. If it’s not going to cover it, you might want to get the tattoo in a different location!
What dress code does your office have? Let us know in the comments section below!