Every job has a different dress code or at least expectations for how employees should dress for work. If you work in the corporate sector or an office environment, your work attire is so important that it can affect your chances for a promotion. Regardless of what your office dress code is, there are certain rules all women should follow.
Pay attention to hem length
When you flip through magazines or shop in a department store’s career section you will find short skirt and dress suits on display. Skirt and dress suits that fall to mid-thigh or higher show too much skin for the workplace and are not professional looking. The same goes for skirts and dresses that are too long. Maxi-length skirts and dresses are a bit on the casual side and can still be worn to work. However, they lack the polished look needed for professional work attire, even during the summer . When it comes to skirt and dress length, follow these two guidelines:
- The hem should be no higher than the length of your thumb.
- The hem should not fall past the top of your ankle.
Not too tight or too loose
Have you ever heard of relaxed-fit jeans? This is the way your suits, pants, dresses, and skirts should fit on you. They should slightly skim over and fall naturally from your curves. Clothing that is too loose can look sloppy and make it seem as though you don’t care about your appearance at work. Clothing that hugs the body or is too tight is distracting, drawing attention to your body. This is why tailored suiting is such a great investment for a professional wardrobe.
Choose wardrobe colors and prints wisely
For the last few fashion seasons, prints and eye-catching color have been the trend. As a result, you may be tempted to pick up a few bright red, blue, or even sunny yellow suits to wear to work. Don’t do it! If you have already bought them save them for a semi-formal occasion.
For your work attire, choose neutral, dark, and muted tones. When it comes to dark colors like black, charcoal gray, and dark navy, it is best to save these colors for meetings, as they are more formal. Neutral colors like various shades of gray, brown hues, and white can make up the larger part of your work wardrobe colors. For warmer weather, you may want to include muted, smoky pastel shades like a smoky light blue, lavender, or sage green. When it comes to prints, save them for blouses and your purse, unless it is a pinstripe or suiting check.
Work attire for the office or corporate workplace should be polished and professional. These tips will guide you in selecting clothing that will help you as you climb the ranks in your career. Just remember, if you have to ask or second guess yourself about whether a garment is professional for work, then don’t choose that item.