In today’s economy, any job field has a specific dress code. Some may be more casual than others, but one thing we should always keep in mind when striving for professionalism, is to dress for success. One’s knowledge, attitude and also appearance are all factors in giving a good impression. When individuals see that your clothes are clean and neat, they’ll get the impression that you care about your appearance and also your position. There is a difference between business casual and business professional, and many employees have trouble deciphering between the two. Here are some tips and ways to help keep your appearance looking professional.
Business professional necessities for men are fairly simple including a suit, either dark blue, grey, or other neutral colors. Shirts for men should remain either white or a pale color, such as blue or yellow, for instance. A great accessory for men is a classy or conventional tie to help give off a professional look. As for shoes, they should be black, brown or some sort of leather and remain nicely polished. Hair and facial hair should remain neatly groomed while wearing a limited amount of cologne so that it is not overpowering.
I think it’s a little harder for women to decide what looks professional or casual so here are a few definite business professional attires. Dress suits and pencil skirts, which should always remain at knee length, with a clean, neutral color plain blouse are outfits every woman can wear in the office, to a meeting, or wherever they may need to look professional. A pump with a small to medium height heel with either beige or neutral color stockings is a great finish for appropriate office attire. Women should always keep their hair neatly done while also wearing a limited amount of perfume so as not to overwhelm others. Also, if you decide to wear make-up be sure to stick to natural tones, no dramatic looks for the office.
In most cases, a long sleeve button down top is considered more business casual rather than a short sleeve top no matter what season it may be. It is still a good idea to stick to white, light blue or sometimes even stripped shirts. Polo shirts, which should always be tucked in, are also acceptable for a more business casual type of look. Colors can be bolder than business professional. For example, teal can be worn. Shoes should be considered in nice condition along with a dark high length sock, which should cover the skin when you’re sitting. Sneakers, sandals, and hiking shoes are not acceptable business casual shoes. Hair should remain well groomed as well for business casual and cologne should be limited.
A more casual business look for women in the workplace can include casual pants or skirts. Pants should always be tailored and skirts should remain at knee length. Blouses, tops, button downs and knit/set sweaters are acceptable business casual wear should remain neat and clean. Tailored jackets are always a great wardrobe addition. Colors can be a bit bolder, as was discussed with men’s attire. Hair should also be well groomed with light cologne and limited jewelry to remain casual and not over the top. Regarding make-up, natural tones with some color are also acceptable for a business casual look for women.
So, now you’re aware of the different wardrobes of business professional and business casual that will help you dress to impress. There is a time and place when one can be more casual versus more professional. The difference in outfit essentials for both professional and casual should always be kept in mind when getting ready for business. You don’t want to show up looking unprofessional when you have important business to attend to; therefore, it is always worth dressing for success no matter how casual or professional your day might be.