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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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Wearing the right outfit for the office in 2019

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Suit or shirt? Skirt or slacks? Tights or bare legs? Sandals or pumps? These are the questions you might find yourself asking each morning as you select work attire in 2019. And, depending on the dress code your company enforces, you could be spot on – or woefully off-base in your fashion choices.

According to a survey by Salary.com, only 55% of workplaces have a dress code. If your new employee orientation didn’t cover it, contact HR to ask about the official policy. Even if your orientation manual tells you to dress “business casual,” though, what exactly does that mean? What is acceptable – and what isn’t?

Official Dress Codes for 2019

There are typically four types of corporate dress codes: business formal, business professional, business casual, and casual. Here are some general tips for both men and women for each category. Stick close to the basics and ensure that you’re always dressed appropriately in this 2019.

BUSINESS FORMAL

If you work in a law firm, regularly meet with executives, or otherwise hold a high-level position, you might be asked to come dressed “business formal” or in “boardroom attire.” This is the highest level of professional dress.

For Men:

  • A tailored one-, two-, or three-button suit in a solid, neutral color like black, gray, or navy.
  • Ties and other accessories should be both modest in color and style – solid, brighter colors (a red tie, for example), or patterned muted neutrals (a navy plaid tie) – as well as high-end in quality. No novelty ties, such as sports team patterns.
  • White, collared button-up shirts.
  • Shoes should be closed-toe oxfords in brown or black, not loafers.
  • Hair should be well-groomed. In general, short hair is most acceptable.
  • Nails should be clipped short, clean, and buffed. Don’t be shy about getting regular professional manicures.

 

For Women:

  • A well-cut pantsuit or skirt suit in a conservative neutral color, such as black, navy, or brown.
  • White button-ups with a collar.
  • Closed-toe heels in a neutral color such as taupe, black, grey, or brown.
  • Tights, preferably in a dark color.
  • Conservative accessories – for instance, diamond studs rather than chandelier earrings.
  • Well-groomed hair worn in a conservative cut, such as a bob or soft layers.
  • Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees.
  • Well-groomed, neutral nails that are either clear coated, or painted with a beige-toned polish.

 

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL

A step down from business formal, business professional clothing is still neat, conservative, and traditional, if a little more loose when it comes to color or pattern. Business professional is also sometimes called “traditional business.” Expect to present a professional appearance every day, injecting personality into your outfits with your accessories and color choices.

For Men:

  • A one- or two-button suit. Suit colors should still be conservative, but you have more leeway with pattern – a conservative stripe or check, for instance.
  • Pressed, lighter-colored dress pants worn with a sports jacket.
  • Conservative ties, but feel free to introduce colors and patterns. For example, you can feel free to wear a blue-striped, professional tie, but no novelty ties.
  • High-end accessories, such as watches (preferably silver, gold, or white gold) and cuff links, if necessary.
  • Shirts should be collared button-ups, but can be colored, as long as the color is fairly conservative. Blue, burgundy, or gray all work well.
  • Shoes should be conservatively colored oxfords or polished loafers in black or brown.
  • Hair and nails should be groomed, but check with HR on acceptable hairstyles.

 

For Women:

  • A suit or skirt, top, and jacket in a conservative neutral color, such as black, brown, or navy.
  • Collared button-up shirts that may be any solid color.
  • Dark or nude-colored hosiery.
  • Closed-toe pumps in a neutral color such as black or brown.
  • Larger, more noticeable jewelry – as long as it’s not distracting. Think along the lines of one statement necklace or a chunky watch. High quality is preferred.
  • Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees.
  • Well-groomed, neutral nails. May be clear coat or beige.
  • Hair should be neat and groomed, but check with HR on acceptable cuts and colors.

 

BUSINESS CASUAL

Business casual is one of the more common dress codes for a certain group, the media and advertising firms, allowing employees to add personality to their workwear without looking unprofessional. In a business casual setting, you can expect a lot more in the way of color and accessories.

Still, the term “business casual” can mean different things to different organizations, so it’s always best to check for guidelines with HR instead of making assumptions. Note that sometimes business casual can also be called “executive casual.”

For Men:

  • Can wear colored, collared button-ups in any color. Conservative patterns such as checks or stripes are acceptable too, worn with or without a tie.
  • Ties should still be conservative in pattern. Avoid novelty ties, and choose patterns like dots, stripes, or checks. Most colors are acceptable.
  • Pullovers and sweaters worn over collared shirt. Choose solid, striped, or another conservatively patterned sweater. Primary and jewel-toned colors are best.
  • Dressy slacks, such as black dress pants or pressed khakis in the summer, worn with or without a sports jacket.
  • More casual accessories, such as a leather-band watch.
  • Shoes can be oxfords, loafers, or another comfortable yet dressy choice, in brown or black. Avoid sneakers.
  • May offer more leeway for hairstyles, allowing for longer hair (check with HR).
  • Nails should be clean and short.

 

For Women:

  • Business separates, rather than a full suit – a skirt worn with a cardigan or jacket, for example.
  • Colored shirts and blouses, rather than mandatory collared button-downs. Choose solid colors, or muted patterns like stripes or checks, and avoid low-cut shirts or bright patterns.
  • Slacks and khakis.
  • Larger jewelry, such as a statement necklace or large cuff-style watch. Doesn’t necessarily need to be the highest quality – gemstones and other casual materials are fine. Scarves may also be appropriate.
  • Shoes may be comfortable flats and loafers, as well as pumps, but should remain closed-toe. Can be any color, although black, brown, red, navy, and gray are among the most appropriate.
  • Nails should be well-groomed, but there can be a few restrictions on colors.
  • Hair can be more casual, with less conservative colors and even more noticeable (chunky or high-contrast) highlights generally acceptable. It should still be neatly styled, such as blow-dried, or in a ponytail or bun.

 

CASUAL

If you’re fortunate enough to work in a casual office, the trick is to avoid getting too casual or creative with your dress. According to the survey by Salary.com, your coworkers make specific judgements regarding your capability based on your clothes, which may extend to employers as well. By arriving to work in casual clothes that are still neat, pressed, and appropriate for the type of work you do, you can make sure that a casual dress code isn’t holding you back.

For Men:

  • Casual pants and slacks, but never jeans unless stipulated as acceptable by HR. If jeans are permitted, dark-wash, straight-cut only.
  • Collared polos or crew-neck sweaters and pullovers. The majority of colors and patterns are okay as long as they’re not a novelty pattern, such as a sports team logo.
  • Casual accessories, such as brightly colored watches.
  • Shoes that are clean. Sneakers are usually acceptable, as are loafers.
  • Hair and nails can be more casual. Nails should remain short and clean, and casual offices generally allow for longer hairstyles and ponytails.

 

For Women:

  • Nicely fitted tops and blouses, although shirts should never be tight or revealing.
  • Slacks or skirts in more casual fabrics, such as cotton. If denim is permitted, dark-wash only. Avoid overly casual denim cuts, like cutoffs or flare jeans.
  • Skirts should remain at knee-length.
  • Open-toed shoes are permitted. Avoid casual shoes such as sneakers or flip-flops.
  • Casual accessories, such as scarves. Larger rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are fine, and may be of any quality.
  • More leeway with hair length, style, and color. More adventurous styles and colors are typically fine.
  • Nails can be painted in brighter colors, or with any type of pattern. Avoid novelty characters or designs, or limit “louder” designs to one nail only.

 

In office dress codes, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and dress a little more formally than necessary until you have a better grasp of what is and isn’t acceptable at work. If your business clothing mantra is “clean, tailored, and professional,” it’s pretty hard to go wrong, regardless of the environment in which you work.

What type of dress code does your office use?

 

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