Whether you are attending an interview for that dream job, or just hoping to make a great impression in your existing workplace one thing is certain – the way you dress can have a huge impact! This is one area in which men definitely have it a little easier than their female counterparts.
It is tough to go too wrong with a classic suit/shirt/tie combination. However, for women choosing appropriate business attire is a little more difficult.
Get To Know The Dress Code
Depending on the industry you work in, you may find that your employer has a more relaxed dress code than others. It is important to study the dress code, then put together your work wardrobe according to the rules. Some offices require strict business wear. In this case, you may need to wear a smart dress or trouser suit. A pair of trousers and a blouse are also perfectly acceptable.
If you are attending an interview, the general rule of thumb is that you should overdress rather than opt for something casual – even if jeans are acceptable in that particular workplace, they are still not appropriate interview attire, so dress to impress.
Create A Good Impression Via Your Appearance
It is not just what you wear, it’s how you wear it. Perhaps the biggest faux pas a woman can make in the office is to wear poorly fitted clothes. If they are too large, then you risk looking untidy. Clothes that are too tight can be inappropriately revealing.
Similarly, you will want to make sure that your business wardrobe is well maintained, so be sure to attend to any loose buttons or threads and always make sure that your shoes are scuff free! Stained and wrinkled clothing screams that you just do not care – and if you don’t care about your appearance, then it will be assumed that you don’t care about attention to detail at work either!
Above all else, your business attire should be classic and understated. Choose plain, muted colors over bright patterns and keep your makeup and accessories to a minimum. Your aim is to look professional and sophisticated.
For more tips on the do’s and don’ts of women’s business attire, check out the infographic below from NewLook.com.
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