What a ‘worker’ wears in an office setting and other professional environments – vs. workers at a construction site – when formality isn’t required etc..
|1. basic white button up + closed toe pumps 2. the sheath dress 3. khakis + dark closed-to pumps 4. blouse + pencil skirt 5. separates 6. basic white shirt + solid black A-Line skirt|
Your boss might appreciate your new Bottega Veneta bag, however, he/she cares more about how well you do your job and whether or not you can identify and respect office culture. While some might have the luxury of expressing their unique individuality (including taking their pets to the office) at their workplace, many people start at an entry-level position in a large, secure company for health benefits, a steady stream of income, mobility and other smart reasons. I can’t speak for all offices around the world, however, there’s a universal guideline to what is considered an “appropriate” and professional wardrobe. Again, it would be prudent to start with basics and observe your particular company and office culture and deviate from the basics once you’ve learned what is ‘acceptable’ at your particular office. Once you’ve got the basics down and earned a stripe or two, then perhaps you can add some “flair”. When you’re at the top, you can wear and make people wear whatever you want.
Here are some common sense considerations that A LOT of professionals are too smart/busy/ lazy to think about:
- fit, proportion, fabric, color(s)
- appropriate undergarments?
represent your maturity, respect and professionalism at the office. dressing like like you know your industry will set the tone for yourself as well as those around you. carpe diem!
More on professional wear: Harper Bazaar’s How to Dress for Success article