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The workplaces of 2020 look entirely different from how they did 20 or even 10 years ago. What is considered acceptable workwear is a hotly contested topic. Some sectors still prefer formal business wear (think power suits) while newer, start-up businesses have an anything-goes ethos.
Whereas men have had it slightly easier (if slightly duller) when it came to acceptable officewear, women seem to be at the mercy of both fashion trends and outdated expectations. Should they wear skirts or pants? How high should heels be? They should wear makeup but not too much. The list goes on.
If you are wondering about how to dress for work, here are a few things to consider when it comes to choosing your wardrobe.
The main direction should come from your company’s dress code. Some professions require you to wear a uniform, so you then don’t have to put much thought into how you are going to dress. Click here to see a range of workwear options. Some sectors still require you to wear formal office wear such as suits and dress shoes. This is becoming far less common now but is still found in professional services companies in particular.What is considered acceptable workwear is a hotly contested topic. Some sectors still prefer formal business wear (think power suits) while newer, start-up businesses have an anything-goes ethos. Click To Tweet
If you are starting at a new company and the dress code seems open to interpretation, err on the side of caution and dress smart. You can always move to a more casual look later. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Consider Your Customers
If you work in a job that requires you to go out and visit customers and prospects, consider what they might think of your clothes. You may work for a company with a very relaxed dress code, but it may put off your more conservative clients if you stroll into a business meeting in flip flops and jeans. It’s not a very enlightened attitude but it is still prevalent in some businesses. Don’t completely change your style, just go for something that is smart. Business casual is your savior in these situations.
You still need to be able to do your job, whatever you’re wearing. Ensure that you can move around and feel comfortable all day in your outfit.
Even if you are working for a company with a strict dress code, try and be true to yourself and your sense of style. If you have a relaxed dress code then go for it and express yourself in your clothes, accessories, and make-up.
Some people prefer to dress up for the office as it can make them feel more confident or provide a clear delineation between work and home.
By being yourself you’ll feel more confident in your own skin and that is worth way more than an outfit.
More and more companies are moving away from strict dress codes as people realize that what you wear isn’t a reflection on how well you do your job. It can be a minefield trying to navigate the expectations of your company, clients and if we’re being honest, society in general.