It’s common practice to take a half day right before vacation, but it’s also unfortunately common practice to check out early with your wardrobe. Wearing casual attire in a formal setting or even donning sweats and a hoodie is never advisable, even on half-days. Even if your office is on the casual side of things, stick to normal daily attire to keep your boss from thinking you’re on vacation before you’ve even left.
Graphic shirts can be a hoot in the right place and with the right context. But given the inherent professionalism required in most workplaces, graphic shirts may not be the best choice. Instead, opt for interesting patterns or designs rather than statements that could be taken as offensive or aggressive. If your company offers a team spirit sort of day, don’t be afraid to show off your team colors or logos. Otherwise, save it for the weekends.
I’ve met employees who have no idea what their company dress code is. They usually make an effort to dress at the level of their managers, but they’re missing an important point: managers often have seniority. While they may be more lax with the dress code due to familiarity, you shouldn’t be. Always go over your company’s dress code when starting fresh.
Flip-flops are easily the most casual form of shoe. Women can often get away with wearing flip-flops to work because some designers opt for a dressier style, but men get the short end of the stick in this regard. Flip-flops will never make you look more professional, and if your toes aren’t picture perfect or next to godliness in terms of hygiene, it can be pretty embarrassing for you and your co-workers. Both genders should opt for closed-toe shoes.
Shorts may be blurring the line between formal and casual for some companies; especially for women, who may have a hard time finding professional shorts that aren’t too short. For men, shorts are usually far too casual to wear to the workplace. Shorts have an inherent casual feel to them that can be difficult for some to dress up, leaving them looking a little too laid back. It’s best to leave shorts for summer weekends and instead invest in some lighter linen trousers for summer. If you do dare wear shorts, be sure that they’re an appropriate length and style with no rips or holes.
We’ve all heard the saying that clothes make the man. In the professional world, one big wardrobe mistake can last the lifetime of your career. The impression that wardrobe mistakes leave on co-workers and managers may not be the most positive or the one you want.
Avoid making these big four wardrobe mistakes in order to leave co-workers and managers with the best impression.