Fashion Styles in the Workplace

  • By Loretta Lilly

Do you know that your clothes selection is a prime example of indirect communication? Your fashion style can make or break a first impression. We live in an independently driven society that says what you see is what you get. But in the workplace dress codes are created for safety standards or to maintain a specific image for the company. Those who dress with confidence are more likely to be seen as intelligent, feel more powerful, create better relationship within the workplace, and make better decisions. Let's not forget promotion potential and even higher earnings!

As the summer brings sweltering heat, office wear has become increasingly more relaxed and popular. Basically, it comes down to your office environment—casual or traditional. You must consider who your customers are and how often you interact with them. Whether you like it or not, the way you look plays a role in your success in today's workplace. Fashion can be tricky to understand the rules of appearance. . .granted, it is a highly-personal thing. As fashion evolved in the workplace during the 70's and 80's, longer hair gradually became more acceptable as well as beards on men. Women began swapping out their skirts and dresses for pants. Style in the workplace began to reflect the everyday, so jeans have become more acceptable on days outside of casual Fridays. It's no longer unthinkable to see a t-shirt or two in the office.

If you often go out at night from work, just make a wardrobe transition. For instance, you can wear a halter top with a cropped jacket, a pencil skirt, and a closed-toe pump during the day, then shift what you wear from day to evening with just a few changes by tossing the jacket, adding bold accessories and a pair of strappy stilettos.

There are so many wardrobe hacks to make your outfit seem more professional and put‑together without sacrificing your personal style.

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