First impressions really do count, and that means whether you are a realtor, doctor, or work in an office, the way you dress at your job matters. Of course, with so many different types of business styles out there, things can get a little confusing. Luckily, the guide below will help you look smart and appropriate all of the time.
Obviously, formal attire is the most traditional and smartest of all the workwear options. In fact, it tends to be used in many international businesses like banks, and financial institutions, but also useful when you want to make a positive impression on those that you are interviewing or meeting with as well. To that end, if you are in any doubt over the dress code, then formal business attire should be your go to.
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The critical element of formal business attire for men or women is a suit. For men, this means a two or three-piece, with a tie, buttoned collar, and it’s essential to keep shirts tucked in at all times. For women, however, it usually means a matching dress and suit jacket with pantyhose and black shoes. For both sexes, hair should be tidy and conserve where possible.
The difference between formal attire and business visual is not as much as you would think. Of course, there are some loosening of the rules, but business casual certainly doesn't mean wearing jeans, cargo pant, or tops that are either cropped or sleeveless.
Instead, you can think of business casual as formal attires more trendy cousin. The smartness is still there but instead of full suits, men can wear business slacks or, even sometimes chinos with a shirt and jumper, ties being optional. For women, it's about blouses, stress, pants or twin sets and skirts, something that you would perhaps see Anna Wintour warning at work at Vogue?
In fact, business casual is much more likely to happen in a creative type of business, or new startups that want to promote a more relaxed atmosphere but still ensure their workforce looks smart enough for meetings.
Dress down days
Dress down days can be a bit confusing for the uninitiated, especially as expectations will differ depending on where you are working. However, as a good rule of thumb, if you are working in an environment that requires formal attire on a typical day, then following the business casual plan is the brightest idea.
Alternatively, if you are working in a company that allows business casual on a regular day, you can probably get away with some more informal attire such as jeans and the like. However, it is crucial that you still ensure whatever you are wearing is work appropriate, so that means nothing too revealing, ripped, or shabby looking.
In fact, if you wouldn't go and visit your granny with what you have on, there's a good chance that it's not going to be work appropriate. Therefore, it's best to save that stuff for the weekend and choose something else from your wardrobe instead.