Ways to Fit In to Workplace Dress Code

Getting your office outfit right every single day is a challenge. Especially when starting a new job, it can be tricky to put together an outfit that will make a good first impression, while still considering your comfort and style. Even long-term employees can find themselves in work wear fashion rut at times. Whether you’re stepping up you workplace fashion or just want to start off on the right foot, this guide will help you during those times of company dress code uncertainty.


1.       Fit Into the Office Culture

Make your wardrobe choices based on how formally or casually your colleagues in the office dress up. This does not mean you have to forget about your personal style and definitely does not mean that you should be a copycat. Your aim is to look like a representative of the team and the company you’re working for.

2.       Avoid Casual Fridays

When dressing down on a Friday, perhaps because you have a party to attend to after work, be careful with how casual to be at the office. Unless you’re the founder of the company, it’s never going to be okay to dress in tees and jeans. Flip flips are never acceptable in any office environment as well, unless your office has sand and ocean. And even if Pinterest showed you ways to dress up a pair of ripped jeans in the office, higher level and older staff may not appreciate the trend as much as you do, so you may want to be extra mindful with that aspect.


3.       Find Subtle Ways to Glam Up

If you’re unsure of how much is too much, your best bet is to go for less. Wear classic jewelleries—think of stud earrings and a simple gold or silver necklace. The same goes for your make-up. Save the smoky eye for after-office fun time; not when pouring coffee in the office pantry at nine in the morning.

4.       Keep Yourself Well-Groomed

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how a polished look can be set back by chipped manicure or worse body odour. These things can get easily set aside when the job gets stressful or if you woke up late because your alarm did not go off. However, you should never go to work without brushing your teeth, with dirty hands and with hair that looks like have been through windstorm. You want to look and smell good, and not to be “that girl” in the office with terrible B.O. (body odour).

Looking presentable at work requires a bit of thought and effort, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. When dressing for the office, remember that less is more. Keep it simple, classic and appropriate.


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