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WORKING ABROAD / JUN. 07, 2013
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Business Dress Etiquette

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Knowing what to wear in the workplace is a difficult task at the best of times, but if you hold a managerial or executive level job, it is important that you dress correctly to reflect your executive position within a company. As the holder of a managerial job, it is fundamental to project a professional image at all times and this can be achieved through the way that you dress.

The attire that you will be expected to wear in the workplace will depend upon how conservative the company is, however the way that you dress reflects how you feel and behave. If you wish to project a professional corporate image at all times it is recommended that you adopt appropriate business attire to enhance your executive presence. Below are some tips on how to conform to business dress etiquette.

Always adhere to the dress code

Always observe your company’s dress code to ensure that you look the part and do not feel uncomfortable or out of place. Choose classics such as suits; formal skirts with shirts or a smart dress for women and suits or format shirts with trousers for men. In addition, the colors that you wear portray a great deal about your attitude towards your work. Whilst colors such as black, navy and charcoal gray are regarded as more conservative and authoritative for both men and women, red is considered to be a power color and many women in power opt for red in the workplace.

Maintain a clean, well-groomed appearance

Regardless of what you are wearing if you are not well groomed in appearance, you are wasting your time and energy. In the corporate world, the amount of money that you spend on clothing is not nearly as important as the amount of time you invest in being clean and well-groomed. This includes a presentable hair cut, groomed nails and minimal or no facial hair.

Do not waste money unnecessarily

Having a business wardrobe does not mean that you need to spend hundreds or thousands of pounds on designer items. Investing in some key pieces, like a smart business suit or a conservative skirt can lay the foundations for the rest of your wardrobe. Mix and match designer, high-end items with some low-key, high street pieces. A combination of the two, together with some carefully selected jewellery or accessories, will have the same impact as being dressed head-to-toe in designer items.

Respect your environment

Overall, conservative dress means respecting company dress code policy and respecting yourself. In the corporate environment, it is advisable to cover up and not reveal too much flesh. Dressing for success in the business arena is quite straightforward when you adhere to a few simple rules, and can also enhance one’s success in the workplace.

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