Casual dress at work

What you wear affects your professional image. It is important to dress formally at a workplace because your mentality changes. If you dress casually then you also tend to take your work casually. It’s all about discipline.

Wearing a tie can be considered too formal, and going to work with frayed jeans seems too frivolous. If you want to be taken seriously at work, it is important to be able to strike a balance. Even though dress codes vary widely between companies and even between departments, here are some things that can keep you no the safe side:

Dress to impress

When it comes to dressing for work, fit is everything. Hence tailored work clothes are the best bet. Pants should be fitted, but free of visible panty lines. Skirts with straight styles are good for office wear and should be loose enough to sit down comfortably. Jackets should be able to be buttoned and blouses shouldn’t be too tight to reveal which color innerwear you are wearing. Salwar Kameez is accepted as a formal dress in many MNC operating in India.

Clothes such as miniskirts, spagjeti straps, see through lace, sundresses, etc are considered to be provocative and not office-worthy. And clothes such as frayed or cut jeans with grafitti on it, shorts, T- shirts, vests, hats, sneakers, etc are considered too casual unless you work for a rock band.

The old pleated front trousers are also acceptable. Invest in an iron or find a good dry cleaner. If your shirt is unkempt, it doesn’t matter which designer you’re wearing, it just says that how careless you are about image.

You may be dressed just right, but wearing matching footwear too is a must. Shoes and sandals like slides, round toe platform heels, wedge heels, platform sling backs, loafers, etc are appropriate for work.

Colors that work

Traditional career colors are red (aggressive), navy (trustworthy), gray (conservative) and black (chic). Most of these colors work

well in pantsuits, skirts and shoes. You can also mix black with pastel shades or softer feminine colors like ice blue, lilac, soft pink and ivory.

Dress for success

It takes just three seconds to form an opinion about someone. Ask yourself what you want your co-workers to think about you at a glance, and dress accordingly. Make sure that you are well groomed. Nicely combed hair, ironed clothes, polished shoes with proper socks and a pleasant scent are the factors that are bound to create a positive image.

The fact is that in a corporate casual environment, the word corporate still comes first. If you look professional and polished, people will treat you with respect. This will also show that you are ready to be in an authoritative position.

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