Dressing for success, especially for job interviews can require a few helping hands, eyes and of course some research. Not dressing according to a company standard can knock off points towards you landing the career of your dreams or landing the promotion you've been working so hard towards. If you ever asked yourself, "Is my wardrobe being interviewed too?" the answer is YES! Employers want to ensure that the people in their work environment promote and reflect the company in a professional and stylish fashion. Do some research! Google the company if you don't work for them yet. Check out what the employees are wearing by searching the company hashtags on #Facebook, #Twitter, #Instagram and especially #LinkedIn. If you already work for the company and want to be promoted, study the key players of the firm to get an idea of what the higher-ups are looking for to represent the company.
Below are five fashionista rules for giving you the extra points you need to look the part, to take over and move to the top of the corporate ladder (or at least fake it under you are offered a new position):
1- Think Conservative Fashion- That means, stick with the basics like sheath dresses, pantsuits, and pencil skirts but play up on your accessories to project the "ritzy" look. Stick to gold and silver jewelry as well as pearls and stay away from colorful accessories, as they can make you come off looking childish (unless your position doesn't require you to dress conservative). You want your accomplishments to catch their attention, not your attire. Also remember not to wear something too tight, too revealing, no stockings, open-toed shoes or sandals. You don’t want to wear something that is distracting. Think "1950's" business fashion; you can never go wrong having that fashion sense.
2- The "Turn-up" on Hems- Be careful of your hems ladies and remember the golden rule which is if your skirt hem doesn’t reach past your fingertips when you’re standing with your arms at your sides, then it is too short. This is an age-old rule, stick to it.
3- Tailors Are Your Best Friend- Anything in your wardrobe looks better on you if it fits perfectly. Sleeve length, excess blousing around the torso, and too much/little room in the seat of the pants can all be adjusted to a certain degree. It’s very likely that you can salvage many of the ill-fitting garments in your wardrobe by simply having them altered to fit. Business blazers should be perfectly snuggled on the body without any stress near the buttons, and the shoulders should be perfectly even without padding not sitting too high.
4- Save Demin Jeans For Off Time- Until you are the boss, do not wear jeans to work, even if it permitted and even if everyone is following suite. If you work in a more relaxed environment, then you may just want to stay away from the generic blue color and go for darker colored denim. A tailored blazer should be worn when wearing jeans to the office.
5- Shoe Etiquette- Here are three no no's on shoe etiquette in the workplace:
- Velvet, silk or sequined shoes during the workday
- Clogs and deck shoes – unless your office is the beach or a boat
- Tennis shoes – unless you are a professional athlete, playing on a sport court
Keep it safe and cute. For women, it is recommended to wear heels no more than three inches. For men, make sure your socks match your entire look, so it ties into your whole outfit.
Keep your business attire conservatively- fresh and updated with the main pieces that you can mix-match and make a statement that screams "I AM IN CHARGE!"