10 tips to dress appropriately for work

10 tips to dress appropriately for work

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In today's workplace, where casual  Ethical Clothing is becoming increasingly popular, it can be tricky to understand the rules of appearance. We talked to career and etiquette experts to get a better idea.

1. Understand what's appropriate in your industry

“Everyone draws their lines differently,” says etiquette expert. “For example, you may be able to wear shorts, but not cut-offs. If your company has a dress code, follow it.”

2. Make sure your clothes fit

It may sound obvious, but many get it wrong. “If your clothes are too big or too small, they are not going to look good. Ensuring a proper fit applies to everything you are wearing,” says expert. “One interviewer said he was distracted by a man's short tie.”

3. Wear glasses that fit

Make sure your glasses fit properly and aren't sliding down your nose. You don't want to be playing with them all the time, says expert. “This becomes distracting.”

4. Dry your hair

Never leave your house with wet hair, warns Williams. It makes you look like you don't have your life together, which translates to not having your career together.

5. Pay attention to your bag

You don't want your personal things jutting out of your purse or briefcase. Keep your bag clean on the inside, especially if it doesn't have a zipper, which allows others to catch a glimpse inside from time to time. Expert also advises professionals not to wear knapsacks because it looks “too collegiate”.

6. Don't wear strong perfume or cologne

“Anything that anyone else can smell is not good,” says expert. To get an idea of whether someone can smell you or not, ask someone you trust.

7. Wear well-kept, polished shoes

“One recruiter told me the first thing he notices about a candidate is his or her shoes,” says expert. “Make sure your shoes are polished and in good condition.”

8. Pay attention to your watch

“When I ask the participants in my etiquette classes to name the one accessory that they notice most on both men and women, the watch is the most common answer,” expert says.

9. Wear rich colours to portray authority

“Pay attention to your colour choices,” expert says. “Darker colours usually convey a stronger impression than lighter ones.” If you're giving a presentation, make sure the colour you're wearing doesn't blend in with the background behind you.

10. Avoid neon colours and overly flashy clothes

“Both men and women have to be cautious with bright colours,” expert says. Clothes that are too flashy can be distracting and the visual equivalent of shouting.

Whether you like it or not, the way you look plays a role in your success in the modern workplace with Ethical Clothing UK.


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