Do you ever wonder where all the dress rules have gone? Depending on when and where is the working of the "distant past" can be considered. Difficult to decide if people do not know what to wear to work, or if you have lost sight of the importance of appearance to professional success.
The Queen of England is reported to have told Prince Charles, "Dress for an outward sign from which people judge the internal state of mind. One can also see the other can not." It is clear that he said what many people are not willing to accept that people judge us the way we dress. Each position in the business and the social, the external appearance sends a message.
Try a crowded restaurant at lunchtime. Take a look around, what people wear, and if you do not make paragraphs about who they are, the business, personality and competence. Think about how you feel when you are dressed in a suit against the normal business casual dress. Your choice of business apparel speaks to the professional behavior and credibility. It is important to understand how to dress for business if you wish to promote yourself and your organization in a positive way,
How do I dress depends on four factors: the sector in which to work, work is already within the industry, the geographic area in which it lives, and most importantly, what the client expects to see.
Professional Men's clothing
The men's clothing, fashion does not change significantly from season to season but business attire is to work and not that fancy. It's about showing himself in such a way that customers feel comfortable and confident with you. Success in the dressing room is still the rule. The professional businessman should keep in mind a few points when deciding what to wear to work.
Choose a conservative suit in navy, black or gray or striped or solid. The quality of the material speaks as loudly as the color and can make the difference between the filth and the bland.
A solid white or blue shirt with long sleeves offers the most polished out. The more pattern and color is added, the greater the emphasis on clothing rather than professionalism.
Ties should be of silk or silk-like fabric. Avoid the cartoon characters and go for simple and subtle if you want to increase your credibility.
Socks should be calf-length or higher. Make sure to match not only what you wear, but everything else. A quick look at a good light before heading out the door can save embarrassment later in the day. Check for holes, when I go to the airport security and removing your shoes.
Shoes should without question a conservative, clean and well polished. Lace-up shoes for the choice of the slip-ons or flip flops. Do not think for a minute that people do not notice shoes. Many people will look at your feet before your face.
Belts should match or closely coordinated with the shoes. Again, quality counts.
Keep your jewelry is minimal. At the time when the people in the sport gold necklaces, bracelets and earrings, the business professional should limit himself to a conservative watch, wedding band and maybe his college ring.
Personal hygiene is part of the success equation. Freshly scrubbed wins over heavily fragranced any day of the week. Save your after-shave after hours, but never the shave as well.
The finishing touch for business person of his choice accessories: briefcase, portfolio and pen. When it comes to sealing the deal, the top of the line suit, a silk tie and a good pair of leather shoes lose their affect when you pull the pen is lifted up in the hotel room the day before.
Women's professional clothing
When women entered the workplace in the 1970 and 1980 in greater numbers than ever, and began to move into positions that have been traditionally held for men, many of whom believe that it is necessary to imitate male business attire. The result was women showing up at the office, skirted suits or coordinated skirts and jackets tailored blouses finished off with an additional element that looked very much like a man's tie. Fortunately, those days are gone. While the business woman wear pants to work now, he's not even the desire to appear professional and at the same time enjoy the flexibility and comfort that pants offer a skirt. His aim is no longer male colleagues in the mirror.
The same general rules apply to women's work clothes, such as those of men. Business dress does not reflect the latest fashion trend. The woman is to be noted is that who he is and his professional knowledge rather than what you wear. His business wear should be appropriate for her industry and her position or title within the industry.
Start with a skirted suit or pants suit the most conservative look. A skirted suit the most professional. With few exceptions, dresses do not offer the same credibility unless they are accompanied by a proper coat.
Skirts should be knee length or slightly above or below. Avoid extremes. A skirt more than two inches above the knee raises eyebrows and questions.
Pants should break at the top of the foot or the shoe. Although Capri pants and cousins in their own way, that comes with assorted lengths from mid calf ankle, the latest trend that has no place in a conservative business environment.
Blouses and sweaters for women of color and type of dress, but it should be appealing rather than revealing. Inappropriate necklines and waistlines can give the wrong impression.
Women's wear hose in the business world. Neutral or flesh-tone stockings are the best choice. Never wear dark hose with light-colored clothing or shoes. Keep a pair of stockings for your desk drawer unless the hosiery store is next door or just down the street from the office.
Faces, not feet should be the focal point in business so chose conservative shoes. The low heel more professional than flats or high heels. Despite the fact that the current fashion and the sandal rage, open-toed shoes, backless or not office attire. Not only the sandals a safety hazard, they suggest that a certain official agenda.
When it comes to accessories and jewelry, once again more or less. Keep it simple: one ring of a hand, one earring per ear. Accessories should reflect your personality, not diminish its authenticity.
Business attire is different from weekend and evening dresses. Investing in a good business wardrobe is an investment in the professional future. For those of you who think that's not what you wear but who you are that creates success, give that some thought. Business knowledge and experience counts, but it's not personal appearance, and that all-important first impression.
In 2005, Lydia Ramsey. All rights reserved in all media.