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Dress for Success: A Guide to Workplace Fashion

It can sometimes be difficult to know how to dress in the workplace. Most companies have an unspoken dress code that their employees are expected to follow and it's no lie that you can impress by the way you dress.
Workplace fashion doesn't have to be something you worry about. There are a few tricks to always getting your style right and even inspiring the people around you. Take a look at how to dress on point every time.
[b]What's The Dress Code?[/b]
Your employers won't tell you what to wear but that doesn't mean there isn't a certain standard expected. Over the years, many workplace dress codes have become far more casual. Employers have realized that productivity increases when workers feel comfortable.
However, that doesn't mean you get to walk around the office in the same clothes you relax at home in. Your dress code may also change when you meet with clients or have a planned staff meeting. Watch other people in the office and learn what's expected of you. If in doubt, ask.
[b]What's Comfortable?[/b]
Even if you have a strict dress code at your workplace, it's still important to keep comfort in mind. If you're sat at a desk in front of a computer for long hours every day, you need to think about clothes that will work for you.
For example, some women may feel more comfortable in a skirt or dress, where others may prefer to wear pants and a shirt. Here are some [url=]details[/url] on ideas for preppy dresses. You can still dress professionally while feeling comfortable.
If you're wondering how to look professional and feel comfortable at the same time, there are lots of different ways to do it. For instance, men may want to wear a smart shirt but they may not necessarily choose to wear a tie, giving them the option to unbutton the shirt slightly for comfort.
[b]Look Through Your Wardrobe[/b]
Perhaps you're starting a new job and want to be prepared for dressing appropriately. Maybe you're sick of wearing the same outfits over and over again and you want some more variety. Whatever your reasons for dressing to impress, you should always start with your wardrobe.
Take a look at what you already have and get rid of anything you no longer need or want. It may be that you have plenty of pants but need to buy a selection of tops. Perhaps you need some suit jackets to throw on when you want to look smarter in a hurry. Make a note of what you need so you don't spend unnecessarily.
[b]Tone Down the Accessories[/b]
Wearing accessories can make any outfit look better but going over the top isn't advised for the workplace. Although a bold statement necklace could finish an outfit off for an event outside of work, it could look tacky in a workplace environment.
When it comes to wearing [url=]accessories in the office[/url], the fewer the better. For example, a nice watch and a pair of earrings are all that's needed for a professional look for women. Men can stick to a nice watch and a good pair of cufflinks.
[b]Shoes Glorious Shoes[/b]
A good pair of shoes can be the finishing touch to any outfit. The shoes you choose could make or break your workplace fashion. There are lots of things to consider when purchasing shoes for the workplace. If you walk a lot during the day, you'll want a pair of shoes that can support your feet well.
Women shouldn't wear heels any higher than three inches; not just because they can look unprofessional but also because wearing anything above three inches every day can become downright painful.
There are lots of shoe choices when it comes to a professional look for men. Suit shoes are often the obvious choice for the workplace but in more relaxed environments, a smart black or grey dap will also suffice.
[b]Go for Neutral Colors[/b]
Although there's nothing wrong with expressing your personality through vibrant colors, neutral colors are more often widely accepted in the workplace. It's easier to maintain a professional look if your wardrobe is stocked up on muted colors, like black, navy, white and grey.
When you want to add a bit of color to your ensembles, try doing things like adding a pink shirt to a black suit. Ladies could also add a splash of color by pairing a floral top with navy pants and shoes. There are plenty of discreet ways to add your personality to your work wardrobe.
[b]Hair and Makeup[/b]
You don't have to go over the top to impress with your hair and makeup. The rule will always be, less is more. Always make sure your hair is clean and neat. Don't attempt to style your hair the same way as you would for an event, like a wedding. Men should strive to [url=]keep facial hair neat[/url] and trim. To go the extra mile, men should also keep neck hair trimmed.
Makeup needs to be kept neutral in the workplace. The last thing your employer wants to see is bright blue eyeshadow as you make your way through the office.
Noone really enjoys wearing glasses but for many people, they are a necessity in the workplace. The good news is, you can make your glasses work for your workplace fashion. Did you know that studies have shown that people unconsciously assume someone wearing glasses is intelligent?
Pair your workplace suit with your glasses and you have a killer combination. Putting your glasses on in front of a client can also indicate to them that you're serious about the conversation.
[b]Workplace Fashion: Use Your Intuition[/b]
You'll probably be able to figure out the unspoken dress code just by watching other people in your workplace. However, when you want to impress, there's no harm in going above and beyond to look professional. Take a look at some other ideas for making your mark in the workplace.

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