Our country’s business world has established a standard for professional attire for men and women that is well integrated into our culture. We need to keep in mind that within 30 seconds of walking through the front door of a business, our clothes and overall appearance sends a non-verbal message of who we are. Therefore do not be influenced by trendy and sloppy fashions that would keep you from being hired or considered for job advancement. One of the most unprofessional trends today is not to wear stockings or socks to work.
The primary focus in the business world is their profit margin and therefore hires those who will be an asset to their company’s growth. Good social skills partnered with a positive professional image denote authority and credibility, thus making one be taken more seriously in a competitive business environment.
Here are some tips for women to be perfectly polished in a professional setting:
- A modest application of cosmetics that is done in good taste makes one more approachable and appears friendlier.
- A hemline is best 1 or 2 inches below the knee and no shorter than just above the knee. This guideline for skirt length will help when one sits to prevent too much thigh from being exposed.
- For a job interview a white or ivory collared blouse with sleeves is best. (No ruffles)
- A collared dress with sleeves is good. If style permits a blazer adds a finished touch.
- Both dress and skirt are to be worn in a small pattern or solid color.
- A classic business suit is an excellent choice. A well fitted pantsuit is OK.
- Refrain to wear clothing that is too tight or is not suited for your body type.
- Clothes that fit compliment one’s figure better when worn with the proper undergarments.
- Wearing hosiery and trouser socks to work looks professional. Stockings that are acceptable for work are in beige and natural tones. Also hosiery that are patterned, snagged or have runs are out of keeping with being well put together.
- Clothing is not to expose a woman’s cleavage or her undergarments.
- Closed toe shoes with 1 to 2 inch heels are good, such as flats or pumps.
- Clothing should cover tattoos.
- Wear post earrings in lieu of ones that dangle for a job interview.
- Keep finger nails at a modest length and use traditional colors. Avoid graphic designs or appliqués. (Repair chipped polish.)
- Keep jewelry at a minimum. One ring per hand is acceptable, otherwise more than two rings are considered not tasteful.
- It is best not to wear perfume in the workplace or on a job interview.
- Keep your purse clean and well maintained.
- Keep your hair clean and trimmed regularly. Also, keep bangs well maintained and keep them just above the eyebrows. Refrain to wear one’s hair in outlandish styles or in non-natural colors.
- Maintain a high standard of hygiene: shower daily, use deodorant, have clean breath and fresh undergarments.
Our first impression that we make with others counts and our over all appearance partnered with social skills are a reflection of how we think and behave. So take the time and make the effort to select clothing that would step you forward to achieve success.