There is always a line between being casual and being formal. We are all familiar with this balance, but for some reason, often times we make mistakes.
Put things into their proper place; when you are at work, you are at work. You have to dress appropriately (formal and business) and not casually. If you are a bit adventurous, that could be okay if you can strike a balance between being casual and being a professional, but if you ever wonder whether your outfit is appropriate or not, chances are it’s not.
Sweats and Workout Clothes are a No-No!
Sweats and workout clothes are meant for the gym. Yes, they are extremely comfortable and it is very tempting to wear them, however wearing these types of clothes sends a clear message saying, “I’m not serious about my job”. You might not mean to send this message, but the mere sight of workout clothes can give people the wrong idea of laziness. Wear workout clothes at the gym and wear work clothes in the office, even if your office doesn’t have any dress-code rules.
Mini-skirts and Flashy Pants, A Bit Too Much
In the business world, modesty is key. You might see it on TV, women wearing short skirts and men flashy pants, but in reality this type of clothing just distracts and does damage to your credibility. Keep it simple and modest. Modesty doesn’t mean you have to wear something that covers your whole body, or something outdated, it’s about keeping it simple, classy and less showy.
Flip-Flops, Major No-No
If your office is a beach, then wearing flip-flops is acceptable. But if not, better leave your flip-flops at home, no matter how cute or how expensive they are. Another reason why you should not take them with you to the office is they offer little support for your feet. Wearing sandals at the office is acceptable; however, it is advised for professionals to wear sandals with more structure and those that provide the feet with good support. Fisherman sandals are just one of the many examples out there.
Tight or Revealing Clothes
Nobody should restrict people from wearing the clothes that they want; however, if you are in the business world, what you wear can affect your entire career. Clothing is important as it gives clients, co-workers and consumers a sense of credibility. Wearing tight or revealing clothes can make your job harder because people assume you to play a certain role. If those kinds of clothes are your style then save them for your personal and social affairs, but not for work.
Old, Favorite Tees
Yes, we know you love and adore those T-shirts. As much as we all love wearing our favorite Tees, they are not business or office clothes. T-shirts that are stained, misshapen or just simply worn out are not acceptable attire. As well as tees that have strong, attractive, fancy logos and graphics are cute, but still not appropriate.
Our style is completely our own, no person in the world has the right to demean or criticize it. But once we enter the professional world, we follow certain standards, as these standards greatly affect our careers.
Don Williams is the contributor of this article. Don Williams gives tips and advices on clothing, hangers, and fashion both for casual wear and for business as well.