Mind-sets towards corporate dress and business attire are changing.
Business attire can promote perceptions of leadership, trust, and professionalism. But in a bad environment, it can also be perceived as old-fashioned and out of touch.
Striking the right balance between having a corporate identity and allowing someone to have their identity and be comfortable in the workplace can be tricky.
Obeying the same dress code and looking identical in the office is out of touch.
The flexibility and comfort the employees are getting are encouraging diversity in the workplace.
While more than half of the global workplaces are following the formal dress code, the new age companies and start-ups have a more relaxed approach. The lines of power dressing have blurred, yet there are unspoken rules on what and what not to wear.
1 Dress Appropriately
The three things that matter while deciding what to wear are a company, industry vertical, and the work environment. If your job profile doesn’t require you to meet clients, then also you should dress appropriately to make an impression on your team.
2 Dress As If You Care
You should always portray approachability. Even if your company promotes casuals, you should never wear weekend casuals to the company. Pajamas and t-shirts can make an exciting airport look but are a complete no-no for the office.
3 Dress for the Occasion
Beach wears are only for the beaches, formal outfits can be for both at formal gatherings or weddings. Never consider your outfit as a substitute. One should
know whether they attend a formal meeting or go on a company trip.
4 Well- grooming is mandatory
Always make it a mandatory point to be well-groomed, whether it’s a casual or business dress code. Keep your nails clean, and hair neat and combed. Always wear wrinkle-free clothes. One should never wear clothes with something inappropriate or offensive terms written on a shirt or t-shirt in a work environment.
5 Maintain Your Style
Whatever your style statement, be consistent. Never experiment way out of your comfort zone. Always know what suits you better. Carry your style with Elegance and embrace your personality. Do not simply copy someone else.
6 Fit plays an important role
When you are dressing for work, always stick to the right fit. It is the thumb rule for buying new clothes. Always remember, the costliest suit out there will not look good on you if it does not fit you well. A perfect-fit cloth would blend in smoothly and draw attention to portions you like to highlight, such as your neck, shoulders, or face.
7 Avoid Exposing Too Much Skin
A lower neckline can draw attention, especially if you are a woman. Apart from the fact that it is inappropriate, it also distracts the business environment.
Studies have revealed that showing skin in the work environment has a psychological impact on colleagues. Women who dress in this manner are wrongly perceived as being less competent. Females who dress more competently get an appraisal compared to those who do not.
8 Have confidence
Confidence and a smile can make all the difference in your power dressing.