7 Power Dressing Tips: What to Wear to Work?
Did you know that more than half of the workplaces have their own dress code? Today’s workplace is not as strict as it used to be in terms of workplace attire. However, there are unspoken rules of what to wear and what not to wear for work. It’s important to dress right especially in a corporate or office environment.
What is power dressing?
Power dressing is all about dressing smart and dressing smart. Dressing better can get you ahead of work and also contributes a lot on how others perceive you.
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There are 4 kinds of corporate dress codes: business formal, business professional, business casual, and casual. Here are some of the few power dressing tips for both men and women:
1. Dress like you care
Even if the workplace doesn’t have strict rules in dress code, you should always display professionalism. Wearing casual clothing means you don’t care about how you look and you can misrepresent yourself as someone who doesn’t care about his job.
It is important to always dress appropriately and create a positive representation of yourself.
2. Dress suitably
Consider these three things when planning what to wear for work: your industry, company, and work environment. People who work in banks or law need to dress more traditional than individuals who work for creative industry such as artists or writers. You can never go wrong with a beautifully pressed suit, but it’s also not fit for a creative industry and work environment.
Take a look at your supervisor and colleagues. What are they wearing? Try to make a decision from that. If your work doesn’t entail you to meet clients, you should still dress appropriately to make a good impression to your superior and your colleagues.
3. Know what your clothes are meant for
What’s the purpose of your clothes? Beach outfits must be worn at the beach. Formal outfits must be worn at weddings or formal gatherings. Never wear them to work or make them as work clothes substitute.
4. Avoid showing too much skin
A low neckline can take away the attention of your colleagues, especially if you’re a woman. You can’t show too much skin. Apart from the fact that it’s inappropriate, it is a distraction in the business setting.
Some studies show that showing too much skin in the office has a psychological impact on colleagues. Women who are dressed in revealing outfits are perceived to be less competent. Females who are more competently dressed would much likely get a promotion compared to those not dressed conservatively.
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5. Always be well groomed
Always make it a point to be well-groomed, whether it’s business casual or casual dress code. Keep your hair neat and nails clean. Do not wear wrinkled clothes and press them well. Clothing with inappropriate or offensive terms or words is not suitable for work.
6. Understand the importance of fit
When dressing for work, you must consider whether your clothes actually fit you. It is the first rule for buying any kind of clothing.
Remember that the most exquisite suit will not look good on you when you wear it and it does not fit well. Perfectly fit clothes should flatter your body draw attention to portions of your body you would like to highlight, like your shoulders, chest, or face. At the same time, it should not highlight the parts of your body which you like to hide like your tummy.
Ask help from a tailor to know the precise measurements of your body. Reject clothes that do not fit well and cannot be adjusted to your body.
7. Maintain your style
Be consistent with your style. It’s important to know your style. Are you a traditional or modern dresser? You should keep a style and stick to it. It’s important to feel comfortable with your own style and not try too hard to dress like another person.
Tell us, do you have any tips you’d like to share below?
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