You are the Message: Power dressing for Success

What you wear represents you. Do you want to be taken seriously? Do you want your message to be heard? Pay attention to your dressing! Good dressing influences how you will be heard and perceived.  Dressing up shows that you care about yourself, your job and the company you represent. Well ironed clothes, good grooming will do more good to your career than the absence of it.

Found on www.Vogue.com

Found on www.Vogue.com

It’s important to dress appropriately for the industry you work for. If you are in a traditional workplace, dressing conservatively will do you well, if in the creative industry, colors will work for you, if you are in less formal industry, business casual is generally appropriate

The traditional Workplace

Suits

In traditional workspaces, opt for conservative colors. Your suits must have the right fabric, fit, and comfort. If you buy suits off the rack be sure to alter it to get your best fit.  In warm seasons, you can wear cotton or gabardine suits. For cold seasons, wool is always a good choice. For cool seasons, wool is the best choice. Summer and warmer months, gabardines, linen, and cottons work best.

found on www.madeline.de

found on www.madeline.de

found on www.strends.com

found on www.strends.com

Shirts and blouses

Your business attire includes blouses or shirts. Wearing comfortable shirts and blouses gives you comfort underneath your suit or blazer. Cotton shirt, silk blouses are generally favorable with suits.

found on www.toryburch.com

found on www.toryburch.com

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found on www.thomaspink.com

Skirts

Skirts should not be too short or too tight. Business skirts hems are usually at least to the knees.

found on www.outfitposts.com

found on www.outfitposts.com

Shoes

Keep your shoes clean, attractive, and shined. Low-heeled pumps or flats are suitable for office wear. Pick shoes that you can comfortably walk or stand on.


Business casual

Business casual does not mean unprofessional. Business casual is professional and casual in a less formal work environment.

Appropriate business casual attire generally includes slacks or khakis, dress shirt or blouse, open-collar or polo shirt, optional tie or seasonal sport coat, a dress or skirt at knee-length,  a tailored blazer, knit shirt or sweater, and loafers or dress shoes.

found on www.outfitposts.com

found on www.outfitposts.com

Found on www.bonobos.com

Found on www.bonobos.com

Don’ts of Business dressing

  1. Showing your undergarment i.e, no bra straps, underwear lines or bra color,
  2. Wearing too many accessories – they are distracting,
  3. Wearing very strong perfume – they can be offensive,
  4. Wearing ripped clothes or jeans.

When you look good you feel good and it gives you the confidence you need to be successful in the workplace.

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