5 Fashion Tips for the Professional
May 30th, 2012
If your employees don’t wear uniforms, and there is no official dress code in place, determining what is appropriate apparel for the workplace can be difficult. And, confronting an employee about their apparel can be… awkward, to say the least!
Here are some helpful pointers to share with employees, to help ensure your working environment remains professional, while still giving individuals the right to express themselves through personal fashion. What is considered appropriate varies by workplace or industry, and in many cases all 5 tips may not apply. As the HR Manager in charge of your company’s dress code, feel free to improvise these tips and share!
- Modesty Gains Points: You want to be noticed for the great work you do, not the distracting clothes that you wear. Avoid tight clothing, short skirts or dresses, and low-cut blouses. If you question an outfit’s appropriateness, put it back in the closet. Dressing professionally will reflect positively upon your professional work, and your company.
- Make Up: There is often a difference between daytime and nighttime make-up. Office makeup should be subtle and less distracting than what you would wear out for an evening or night out on the town. Again, you want to be noticed for the great work you do, not any distracting elements.
- Shoes: Be comfortable, but remain professional. Many believe that flip flops are the most comfortable shoes of all, but they aren’t often safe or appropriate for the workplace. While heels may be more stylish, you don’t want to be uncomfortable – so pick what is right for you but still a professional shoe!
- EscapeCollegeFashion: Avoid the items that scream “college!” Work apparel should not include backpacks, wrinkly clothing or ill-fitting clothing. Dress for the position and authority you wish to be in!
- Don’t Abuse Casual Friday: Many offices offer their employees Casual Friday – This is not your opportunity to fully “let go” when it comes to your style standards for the workplace. Even when dressing more casually, the above 4 tips apply!
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