Dress to Impress“When it comes to workplace fashion, you are what you wear.”
Rightly said, ‘Our attire, appearance and conduct are Reflective of the Cooperate image.’ Getting dressed for the office doesn’t mean leaving your personal style behind. It helps to know which looks give you a polished, professional look; but it is also important not to be a fashion victim when at work.
If you are concerned about your career, you will be more concerned with looking professional than looking fashionable or decked out. In today’s world of cut throat competition and spirited professionals, office wear doesn’t mean just the formal wear. One has to carefully pick the right attire for all office related events, be it product launches, office parties, business lunches or office picnic. Make sure your attire is pleasing and in accordance with our functional imperatives, and not too flamboyant.
Your everyday work wear speaks volumes about your attitude and commitment to work. While format attire helps present a sharp, smart and service oriented executive; needless to say, casual wear reflects a nonchalant laidback attitude. Some organization encourages employees to dress as well or better than their customers, esp. for sales person and others that meet clients outside the office. No denying the fact that more and more companies are getting on the bandwagon of ‘uniform for employees to ‘seek professionalism.Best Bet
: Formal Trousers /pants, button down shirts with tie, belt and shoes that are in good condition, neatly groomed hair. For Her: sarees, salwar suits, chudidar kurta, trouser with striped shirts, scarf, manicured nails, conservative hair, jewelers and make up.
Career Killers: mismatched pairs of socks, worn out shoes, shirts showing button hole between buttonholes, body odour, etc.Business Meeting:
What is the perfect ‘meet the client’ outfit? The answer lies in taking extra care to dress up when you heading for a business meeting. Select clean, pressed and wrinkle free clothes for formal business attire. Your outfits should communicate professionalism. Make sure you pick good quality clothes that boost your confidence and determination. Your goal to getting dressed for work is to project a professional, competent image, regardless of your employment level or career path.
- Red ( aggressive)
Grey ( conservative)
Black ( chic and classy )
White ( at peace)
; Formal attire pantsuits, blazers or jackets, tie, belt, business shoes, etc. For Her; Indian wear or western formal which include formal pants or skirts (formal, knee length or longer) with smart shirts, tops.Career Killers:
Stained clothes, shabby, wrinkled clothes, florescent colours, wild print, athletic shoes, shirt sleeves folded up, loud makeup, messy hair-dos, goatee.Friday Dressing
While professionals and organization are still grappling to give a definition to Friday dressing, the Friday is a welcome change, with Employees getting chance to put aside their formal trousers and tie to slip in to corduroys or khaki pants. Though denim-shirts and flip-flops are acceptable only in the most casual of work environment, more and more offices are accepting trendy wear. But before you dress casual, any meeting that require formal business attire. Shweta S, a media professional says, “For Friday dressing I ask myself if I can meet the C.E.O today without being embarrassed about what I am wearing.Best Bet;
Smart casual which include trousers/corduroys/skirts. Company logo polo and jeans. Dressy pants and a blouse, sleek jersey knits, skritsand tops, matching accessories.Career Killers;
Capri/three-fourth Bermuda, silver sneakers, revealing clothes, slogan t- shirts, mini skirts, spaghetti straps.
- Loud cloths
Too sexy: through tops, mini skirts, spaghetti straps.
Too casual: shorts, hats, sneakers
Too sloppy: shabby, wrinkled clothing
Party is a party but a professional party has a professional and a formal look attached with it. Offices parties are time to go bling but keep in mind that you don’t over do it. “Official parties are great way to interact with your co-workers and to know them more closely; one must take care of things that can make you the topic of discussion,” says Kunal shroffs, a sale manager. Offices parties are a time to relax and rejuvenate. What you wear for an office party should be carefully selected to accentuate your professionality. The key is to look graceful yet professional.Best bet
: Safest Bet is to wear black, jeans and stylish t-shirts/top matching accessories.Career Killers
; Sexy outfits, revealing clothes, loud streaked hair, clothes you can’t carry, your night club avatar.OFFICE PICNIC
Time to flaunt your co lour ful tees and sporty footwear! You can easily be yourself during the office picnic but don’t go over top. “Many employees tend to get too casual in their attitude when they are away from the formal office environ and face flak for their activities,” says S Ram, an Hr professional.Best bet
: Comfortable clothes, jeans and tees, jackets, caps, sneakers, etc.
; see-through tops, crop tops, miniskirts, etc.Thumb Rule
“The more distracting a piece of clothing or jewellery is, the less appropriate it is for office wear.”