Whether we like it or not, our appearance says a lot about us. This is especially true in professional settings since our appearance sends a message to co-workers, managers and customers.
If we want to demonstrate that we are confident, competent and ready for work, we need to dress that way. Different work environments call for different styles of dress and if you’re in a creative industry you may be able to get away with more flamboyance and edge than the average office worker.
But generally speaking, here are five Do’s and Don’ts to office fashion.
1. Don’t show too much skin. You don’t have to dress matronly or boring but you shouldn’t look like you’re going to the club.
Do pick stylish pieces that you like but ensure that necklines and hems are modest and clothes are tailored and fitted rather than tight.
2. Don’t wear ill-fitting or stained clothing. Nothing says unprofessional and unprepared for work like sloppy dressing.
Do buy good quality clothing that fits well. Shop at stores that offer free alterations or find a good tailor if your sewing skills aren’t up to scratch. Make sure that hems and sleeves hit where they’re supposed to.
3. Don’t over accessorize. Chandelier earrings will probably be distracting when you’re giving a presentation. The clang of bangles is almost guaranteed to annoy co-workers and huge cocktail rings can get in the way of your duties.
Do opt for simple, tasteful classic pieces. Small silver or gold bobs, diamond studs and pearl necklaces are safe options.
4. Don’t wear excessive labels. It’s great if your job allows you to afford high end luxury items but try not to flaunt obvious brand names and logos on a daily basis.
Do buy high quality, classic staples. The shape and quality of the item will speak for itself without you having to announce it.
5. Don’t wear sky-high strappy shoes, flip flops or any other footwear more suited to weekends or after hours.
Do try to find pumps or peep toe shoes in a comfortable height with interesting textures and colours.
*Originally written for The COCO Magazine. For product details, click here.*