How to dress smart at the office

Lifestyle | 21 Aug |

When you work in an office, it is essential to dress appropriately for the workplace. Most companies nowadays are issuing proper dress codes that apply to all employees to ensure that everyone is dressed appropriately inside the office. Aside from strictly following the dress code, it is also essential to have a distinct personal style. The way you groom and choose your daily outfits can contribute to your promotion and career growth. You can be qualified for a promotion, but there is a big chance that your boss might not hire you because you fail to look presentable.

Choosing the right clothes and wearing the right shade of makeup for work is a huge deal. Wearing less or too much stuff can give a negative impression about your personality. Here are several styling and grooming tips that will help you make a great impression in the workplace.

Jewelry

Some people love to wear different types of jewelry to attract more attention with hopes of getting positive compliments from people around them. However, wearing too much gold or fancy jewelry can turn you into a laughingstock in the workplace. For men, it is alright to wear just their wedding band and a dress watch to work every day. For women, wearing a few pieces of personalized jewelry like a necklace, ring, and earrings is acceptable in the workplace. Avoid wearing big dangling earrings and too many bracelets because it can distract other people and it looks unprofessional as well.

Clothing

According to surveys, one of the most common dress code violations that female employees commit is wearing sexy and revealing clothes. Short dresses, mini skirts, and tops with plunging necklines are a big no-no in the office. The acceptable length for skirts should be one inch above the knee. 

For guys, they should avoid wearing ordinary t-shirts and shorts to work even during dress down days. It is essential to invest in casual collared shirts and a nice pair of work slacks to ensure that they are looking their best at all times.

Loud colors

Most companies do not provide restrictions for their employees when it comes to the color of their clothing. If you are dealing with clients, you might want to consider toning down your personal clothing choices to avoid creating a bad impression. To be on the safe side, steer clear of bright neon and metallic colors. You can wear red, white, purple, blue, grey and black or anything that does not call too much attention.

Wear light makeup

This particular issue only applies to female employees. It is essential to wear makeup to look smart and presentable. However, some people tend to go overboard. The best thing to do is to wear light makeup. Choose neutral shades for your eye shadow and a lipstick that suits your skin tone

Lastly, if you do not have time to prepare at home, make sure to keep a makeup kit in your drawer so you can fix yourself before you begin work. 

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