Work clothes are a challenge. While we always want to look fashionable, at work we have to look professional as well. Imagine can have a larger impact than we realize. Because of this, it is important to create an image for ourselves in the workplace that shows we have style but also to demand the appropriate attention. Finding the balance is not always that easy, which is why we will start with what NOT to wear in the workplace.
Tight, revealing dresses
As women, men in the workplace constantly surround us. Wearing dresses that we could wear to the club after work gives off the idea that we do not take work seriously. This can result in lack of respect and potentially keep you from getting that promotion.
Anything that shows your bra
Alluding to your undergarments at work doesn’t seem like the best idea. It’s one thing if your plain, nude bra strap peaks through your blouse. But it’s another thing if the black, lacey bra you decided to wear is made completely obvious to everyone at a meeting. You may not realize it, but it’s a factor that can determine people’s perceptions of you.
You never want to be the girl in the office who is constantly annoying everyone because of your clanky jewelry. There are so many options for jewelry out there! Don’t pick the noisiest one for the sake of your co-workers sanity.
Does this even need explanation?
Wrinkled or dirty clothes
If you can’t manage the cleanliness of your clothes, how can your manage expect you to manage your job? Putting in the effort to appear clean and polished will give you confidence, which can be felt by everyone.
If you can sleep in it, don’t wear it. It exudes laziness and a disinterest in your work.
Short shorts or dresses
Being fidgety all day is simply uncomfortable. Constantly worrying about whether or not you are going to accidentally flash someone is distracting to you and to others.
Clothing that exposes the midriff
Imagine listening to a very serious presentation by a female co-worker who is wearing a crop top exposing her belly. Would you be able to take her seriously or even listen to her?
There are literally so many other options! Strappy sandals are equally comfortable. Besides that, flip flops are what we wore in 5th grade summer camp. They are meant completely for practicality, not for creating a professional image.
I know it’s difficult to maintain hair. So if you are having a bad hair day, slick it back into a bun or ponytail. Anything is better than seeing a knotty mess when you turn around.