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Corporate Working Style Directory

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The approaching of the weekdays in the corporate life come with its own headache of knowing what to wear, when to wear and how to wear what in the course of the five working days. Putting your best look forward often comes down to a clean, crisp look from head to toe.

The old concept of corporate dressing has transformed in the 21st century and as such a professional dress code is cultured for motivation and inspiration amongst the professionals.

he pressure to look good, as well as a chance to make a first impression in the office matters more in the corporate life in these recent times as style keeps changing.

The total impression that you make on your colleagues and bosses has implications for how you are viewed in your workplace. How you dress is such a simple aspect of your self-presentation to modify that career success and advancement should be more important than your need to express your individual, quirky personality at work.

Corporate style is important because it sends messages about you— fairly or unfairly— to customers, clients, bosses, company executives, and co-workers. People surely judge you by your appearance.

Corporate dressing for men

To prepare your wardrobe adequately for the coming working days, corporate executives (men) are expected to plan their wardrobes to suit the various activities and engagements scheduled for the week.

  • Shirt and Tie Combination

In the world of corporate dressing for men, the trend of matching shirts and trousers has come to an end. With keeping in mind the above concern, if you wear a bold contrasting tie, then it will deliver a solid statement about your corporate outfit. Believe it or not!!

This combo of shirt along with a bold and eye catchy tie will become a focus point of your professional dress up. Moreover, everyone in your professional presence will appraise your signature style.

However, for a sophisticated Men’s business fashion, your corporate wardrobe should have different pattern ties along with the solid colors. This way, if you wish to opt for any light shade shirt, then you could sensibly go for a bright pink tie for a flawless corporate guy.

If you do not like pink, then you have various other light shade ranges open for your formal wear fashion.

  • Jackets and Shirt Combination

Now here comes the real choosy combination in regards to corporate dressing for men. In this combo, there is a lot of space available for men’s fashion experiments.

Jackets could be of any color and pattern with shades even. It will go fluently with most of the shirt patterns like funky shirts, floral or check shirts, polka dots, & strips pattern shirts too.

In contrast to the above business attire, let’s take an example of a polka dot shirt and a white color pant, which goes in perfect combination with a black jacket.

If you have chosen the light color for shirt, then match it up with a dark jacket for sure.

Guys! ‘Primary color of cloth’ is the key aspect of combination of shirt and jacket. This idea of men’s fashion really works well in the corporate. So keep in mind about the same.

Corporate dressing for women

Women should be careful about the fit of their dresses. It is not necessary that a dress which looks good on your colleague will also look good on you. Dress according to your physique, body size, body type, weight, complexion and so on.

A dress needs to fit you well. Avoid wearing something which is too tight or too loose. Wearing clothes that fit you well makes you feel confident at the workplace. Do not wear body hugging clothes to work.

It is always wise to dress according to your office culture. Business suits look best in colours like Blue, Black or Charcoal grey.

Business suits constitute a crisp shirt teamed with a matching trouser or skirt. Shirt should be preferably in light shade and properly tucked into the trouser.

Skirts should touch the knee or below. Be very careful about the overall fit of the trouser. Baggy trousers will make you look lazy and sloppy.

Avoid wearing loud colours to work. Colours such as hot pinks, reds, deep purples look odd at the workplace. They are meant to be worn at parties and get-togethers with friends. Animal prints and jazzy designs are not meant for offices.

See through dresses, spaghetti tops, minis, blouses with a deep neckline are a strict no no at the workplace. Such dresses attract people for all the wrong reasons. Remember office is not a place where you can wear your sneakers, jeans, hats, shorts and so on.

Female executives should avoid wearing heavy jewellery to work. Stud earrings look simple yet elegant on female professionals. Do not wear chunky necklaces, large earrings and stacks of bangles at workplace.

Flaunting your gold jewellery at office is foolish. Do not wear ring on every finger. Avoid wearing multiple bracelets. An elegant and simple watch looks best on professionals.

Do not wear loud make up to work. A nude look works best in offices. Don’t overdo your make up. Instead of a bright lipstick, a lip-gloss looks better and you can even reapply the same whenever needed.

Minimal make up can not only make you look good but also extremely professional. Never apply layers of foundation on your face. Avoid cakey make up at workplace!

It is important to smell good at the workplace. Keep a mild perfume handy.

Your handbag must go with your outfit and complement your overall look.

Make sure your hands are clean and nails properly trimmed and manicured. Avoid applying bright and gaudy nail paints.

Body piercings (eyebrow piercings or lip piercings) and tattoos of any kind should be strictly avoided in organizations. Do not wear more than one earring at the workplace.

Hair should be neatly combed and properly tied. Messy hair is not at all acceptable at workplaces. Do not adopt weird hairstyles at work.

Wear flats or platform heels to work. Your heels should not be more than 2 inches.

By following these guidelines, you can look professional in your selected corporate outfit in your workplace. Just understand the standard that is expected, dress according to these guidelines, and assemble a wardrobe that is attractive and comfortable for the working days.

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If you’ve ever watched the rehearsal process of a play, then you know just how powerful clothes are. Even in the very early stages of a project, professional actors will come to practice in certain clothing pieces that make them feel more like their character. Perhaps, in an old pair of shoes, a long and heavy skirt, or a bandana that helps them get just the right swagger, grace, or edge.

A few weeks later, when they’re closer to opening, they’ll have an actual dress rehearsal with their real costumes. It’s pretty amazing to see how the right clothes bring the performances up to a whole new level and transform the actor into the character!

As business professionals, we can actually learn a lot from this.

Like it or not, your clothes and presentation communicate volumes about you as a person. The question is not whether you care about fashion, it’s more about what you’re communicating intentionally or unconsciously through your fashion choices. Just as the actor in the right costume moves and speaks differently, so does the everyday person.

Your clothes tell a story about you. If you want to show that your work is clean, sharp, and to the point, you need to dress in clean lines, sharp creases, and (yes) points on your shoes and tie. Even the way you wear your glasses speaks volumes about you and your work!

 

What Do the Details Show?

Research shows that you can tell a lot about someone’s personality, politics, status, age and income just from looking at a photo of their shoes.

Did you ever notice that when President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of working class Americans, he would speak with no jacket and his sleeves rolled up? That silently and instantly communicated to the audience that he too was a hard worker.

You might remember when a 44 page dress code published by Swiss bank UBS went viral. The obsessive stipulations detailed everything from the sensible (“If you wear a watch, it suggests reliability and that punctuality is of great concern to you”) to the downright invasive (employees were instructed on how to shower and apply lotion, how to wear their underwear, and told not to eat garlic during the week).

They may have been control freaks, but UBS got one thing right: every detail about your presentation communicates something.

When you’re dressing or grooming, consider what it says about you and whether it’s in line with the message you want to communicate. There’s no right or wrong. It’s all about context. A tie can make you look reliable and rooted in tradition. This might be important at an investment firm, where clients want to know that you’re serious about stewarding their capital. But it can also come off as stuffy and resistant to change, which may be inappropriate for a tech startup.

 

Your Clothing Impacts Your Thinking

Of course, dressing smart is also important for your confidence and sense of self-empowerment. But your style does more than just send messages, to your mind or to others. New research shows it actually impacts how you think. Professional dress, one study found, increases abstract thinking and gives people a broader perspective. So that tie might actually be switching on your creativity button.

“The formality of clothing might not only influence the way others perceive a person, and how people perceive themselves, but could influence decision making in important ways through its influence on processing style,” the study says.

Professional attire creates social distance. When we are more socially distant, we tend to think in more distant, abstract terms. In socially distant settings we address people by their title, for instance, rather than the more intimate first name.

“Even after controlling for socioeconomic status, students wearing more formal clothing showed stronger inclinations towards abstract processing.”

 

Thin-Slicing

Usually we process visual details instantaneously through a process called thin-slicing. That’s when the brain makes millisecond judgements based on new stimulus. It often happens without us even knowing. We might just get a feeling that we don’t trust someone, or that someone else is steady and reliable. We might not even know why.

That gut feeling, commonly called intuition or a first impression, is really part of the very fast-paced mental process of thin-slicing. It’s how we continually judge books by their covers, all day, every day.

So choose your personal presentation with care. Presentation includes not only your clothes, but your accessories, hairstyle, fragrance, posture, body language, tone of voice, and the level of energy with which you move and speak. Think of the person that you need to be in any particular situation. Then dress, groom, and accessorize in a way that helps you mentally step into that personality.

Are you marching in there to get things done? Put on something red, roll up your sleeves and speak in a commanding voice. Are you making social connections at a gala event? Go for suave, but not workplace formal. Dress to feel attractive. Speak in a smooth tone, and let one shoulder relax.

If you’re loafing around on a long weekend with half a box of pizza, you can probably get away with breaking out the frumpy comfortables.

Taking intentional command of how you dress and present is a good step in empowering yourself, accomplishing your goals, and living a more lucid life at the helm of your decisions. So pay attention! Remember, all the world’s a stage.

 

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