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Appropriate Dress

November 1, 2010

The way people dress says a lot about how they view themselves. It’s very important, especially in the workplace or an interview, to dress appropriately in business attire. Appearance greatly affects an employee’s professional image. There are certain items that are not appropriate for the office, so these guidelines will help determine what is appropriate. These same guidelines can be applied to professional seminars, luncheons, and more.

-Always make sure you never show too much skin, expose bodily piercings, etc.

Skirts, dresses & suits
Skirts and dresses should be at a length comfortable for sitting. Make sure dresses do not show excessive cleavage. Mini skirts, sundresses, skorts, shorts and spaghetti strap dresses are not appropriate.

Shirts, blouses & jackets
Dress shirts, sweaters and turtlenecks are appropriate for the office. Inappropriate attire for work includes tank tops, tops exposing excessive skin, logos, pictures, cartoons, halter tops, sweatshirts, and t-shirts unless worn under another blouse, shirt, jacket, or dress.

Shoes & footwear
Every office has its own policy, but most offices do not allow opened-toe shoes. If it does allow open-toed shoes, most require shoes with a back or a heel. Flip-flops and athletic shoes are never appropriate for the workplace.

Jewelry, perfume, cologne & makeup
Make sure perfume and cologne are worn lightly as some are allergic to certain smells. Makeup and jewelry should always be worn in good taste and never distract.

Hats and head coverings
Hats are never appropriate in the office. Head coverings that are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are allowed.

Obviously, if your office requires certain things to meet its dress code, you should make sure you apply to those rules. Presenting yourself in appropriate business attire speaks volumes about your professionalism to both current and potential future employers.

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