Saturday, January 18, 2020


By Luke Douglas

5 Fashion Tips
For Getting Your Dress Code Right at Work

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Although business attire is generally not as strict and conservative as it used to be, many companies today have their own dress code, as well a certain set of rules to follow when it comes to workplace attire. Whether your office doesn’t have a set dress code, or you simply don’t know how to decipher the formality of the attire, here are some tips that will help you get your dress code at work right, in order to succeed and thrive:

1. Get familiar with the environment

Depending on the workplace, different companies will require different dress codes, ranging from more relaxed business casual outfits to conservative professional attire. Apart from reading your work handbook to find out what the appropriate dress code is, don’t be afraid to look around the office and familiarize yourself with the type of attire your colleagues are wearing, in order to be able to match their level of formality, as well as the workplace. Regardless of the dress code in your office, it would still be a good idea to dress at the top end of that range, as dressing up is always better than dressing down when it comes to business attire.

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2. Invest in high quality staples

While there are certainly some areas in your life where you can be more frugal, your business attire shouldn’t be one of them. Your goal should be to invest in high quality staple pieces, such as pantsuits, shirts and tailored dresses, which will always look elegant and professional. Even though the price might seem high at first, your investment will pay off in no time, as you’ll get a great cost per wear with a quality item that will last you for years to come. While you should always pay attention to the craftsmanship and the materials of the garments you choose, don’t forget to take proper care of them once you buy them, as it will go a long way towards extending the lifespan of your clothes.

3. Pay attention to the fit

Another important thing you must consider when dressing for the office is the cut and fit of your clothing, as no matter how expensive and incredible a garment is, it will never look becoming if it doesn’t fit well. The perfectly-fitting item should flatter your figure in a way that accentuates the parts of your body you wish to highlight, while drawing attention away from those proportions you would like to hide. As it might be difficult to find such a complementing garment in the store, it would be a great idea to invest in a few quality bespoke clothing items made by a professional tailor, whether it’s a formal suit or a tailored business dress. Not only will these pieces be made to suit you beautifully, but they will also add a touch of elegance and personal style to your everyday business attire.

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4. Opt for elegance instead of trends

Unless you work in the fashion industry, your office is likely not the most appropriate place to try out the latest fashion trends and fads. If your outfits are overly trendy and too fashion-forward, they might be too attention-grabbing for the workplace, ultimately failing to convey the message of professionalism. Instead, your attire should exude elegance, class and power, as a polished and put-together look always wins in the business world, even if you work for a company that has a more relaxed dress code. Of course, you can still incorporate trends into your outfits though smaller details, such as accessories or your choice of colors and prints; just don’t let it steal the show.

5. Always dress to impress

Don’t let the fact that you’re working in a small company or at a starting position deter you from investing in your look; even a casual outfit should be elevated with a smart blazer or sleek accessories to get the message across that you are ready to succeed in life. This is even more important if you’re doing a job that requires you to meet with business partners and clients, or simply engage with the world outside your office, as the clothes you wear aren’t just a reflection of your personality, they are also a representation of the company you work for.

In conclusion, your appearance and your personal style are a reflection of your professionalism. So, be intentional in the choices you make, and always dress for success.

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