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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUL. 02, 2013
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How to Dress for Success

Dressing appropriately for work exudes professionalism and will ultimately help you towards excelling in your career. How you dress at work represents who you are and how you wish to brand yourself. How you dress is therefore fundamental in either improving or diminishing your workplace success.

Wear appropriate footwear

Your feet should always look prepared for work. During the summer, avoid flip-flops and strappy, open-toed shoes. Also avoid overly stiletto high heels as these will only hinder your physical abilities around the office. During the colder months, steer clear of furry winter boots.  

Men should avoid scruffy footwear whilst trainers are a complete no-go. You will need to represent yourself as a professional and footwear is one of the first places that many people often look. Be sure to invest in a new pair of shoes at least annually.

Avoid overly short or tight skirts or ripped trousers

 Progressing in the workplace does not require that you reveal too much flesh or wear tight skirts. Keep your modesty intact by sticking to knee length or just-above-knee skirt lengths and ensuring that the fit is comfortable.  

For both men and women, trousers should be comfortable and well fitted. Ensure that they are not scruffy and check for any rips or frays. Trousers should always be smart, professional and well-fitted. Pair with a complementary and professional pair of shoes.

Shirts and tops

As with skirt length, tops should maintain one’s modesty by being an ideal cut and fit. Avoid tops that are too low or reveal too much flesh. Instead opt for smart shirts or tops in modern, seasonal colours.

If you are male and wear a tie in the workplace, ensure that it is correctly tied and looks smart and well-fitted. Make sure that your shirt is the correct fit and pair with office-appropriate cufflinks for a smarter look.

Make-up

Keep make-up natural and low key. Wearing overdone makeup will give others a negative impression of you, meaning that you will be perceived in such a way that could be harmful to your progress.

Final note

 

Above all, dress for the job that you want, not for the job that you are in. Maintain a modern, comfortable wardrobe that is appropriate for daily workplace life, as well as for top executive meetings. 

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