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1 Womens Dress: Business Professional and Casual X420 Discussion Session #81

2 Business Casual for Women Appropriate attireknow difference between business casual and casual attire Appropriate attireknow difference between business casual and casual attire Fewer than 1/3 of all white-collar workers still required to dress formally Fewer than 1/3 of all white-collar workers still required to dress formally 4 out of 5 of those dress down one day a week 4 out of 5 of those dress down one day a week Gain edge in business with appropriate attire Gain edge in business with appropriate attire Be sensitive to your industry Be sensitive to your industry Dress the part for the role you play Dress the part for the role you play

3 No Suits?? No, suits still important No, suits still important Business casual - blazer or cardigan sweater and a coordinating skirt Business casual - blazer or cardigan sweater and a coordinating skirt Business casual is NOT same as casual attire Business casual is NOT same as casual attire A womans attire must say that she means business with authority A womans attire must say that she means business with authority

4 Who Cares? A woman must look the part A woman must look the part Appearance may make or break her career Appearance may make or break her career First impression continues to make a lasting impression First impression continues to make a lasting impression Recognize the value of companys business casual guidelines Recognize the value of companys business casual guidelines

5 Basics of Business Casual A classic suit A classic suit A navy or black blazer and skirt A navy or black blazer and skirt A cardigan sweater A cardigan sweater A plain white or cream blouse in silk or rayon or a tailored tee A plain white or cream blouse in silk or rayon or a tailored tee With a light colored jacket or sweater wear a darker colored blouse. With a light colored jacket or sweater wear a darker colored blouse.

6 Pants and Pantsuits Pantsuits are great investments on business casual days. Pantsuits are great investments on business casual days. Trousers and a blazer or a cardigan sweater are also appropriate. Trousers and a blazer or a cardigan sweater are also appropriate. Twill pants in black, navy, or khaki are appropriate. Twill pants in black, navy, or khaki are appropriate. If you are unsure if slacks are appropriate, simply mirror the highest- ranking female in your company. If you are unsure if slacks are appropriate, simply mirror the highest- ranking female in your company.

7 Other Choices Basic skirts in black, navy, khaki, or taupe Basic skirts in black, navy, khaki, or taupe Skirts should be same length as business professional skirt length or longer Skirts should be same length as business professional skirt length or longer A long skirt makes a feminine statement for business casual A long skirt makes a feminine statement for business casual

8 Belts, Shoes, and Hosiery Coordinate with the other items worn Coordinate with the other items worn Classic leather pumps or flats in black, navy, taupe, or burgundy Classic leather pumps or flats in black, navy, taupe, or burgundy Hosiery should be the same shade or lighter than shoes and hemline Hosiery should be the same shade or lighter than shoes and hemline With short-sleeved jacket or top skin-toned hosiery is a must With short-sleeved jacket or top skin-toned hosiery is a must Make black, navy, or burgundy handbag and briefcase the smallest size possible to still be functional Make black, navy, or burgundy handbag and briefcase the smallest size possible to still be functional

9 Jewelry Jewelry should be the same as business professional--gold- tone or silver jewelry is best Jewelry should be the same as business professional--gold- tone or silver jewelry is best Basic is best--follow the rule of 13 Basic is best--follow the rule of 13 A woman cant get into trouble being dressed in a simple, elegant manner A woman cant get into trouble being dressed in a simple, elegant manner

10 Hairstyle, Make-up, and Fingernails Hair should be or give appearance of shoulder length or shorter Hair should be or give appearance of shoulder length or shorter Makeup should accentuate features rather than jumping out-- eyes and lips important communication tools Makeup should accentuate features rather than jumping out-- eyes and lips important communication tools Fingernails should be well maintained with subtle polish or the natural look Fingernails should be well maintained with subtle polish or the natural look

11 Mistakes in Business Casual Dressing Dressing too casually Dressing too casually 4 of the most commonly made business casual faux pas: 4 of the most commonly made business casual faux pas: Not wearing hosiery Not wearing hosiery Wearing a skirt that is too short Wearing a skirt that is too short Wearing sleeveless or halter tops and see- through blouses Wearing sleeveless or halter tops and see- through blouses Wearing stretch pants Wearing stretch pants How to decide what is appropriate How to decide what is appropriate Look good Look good Dress up a notch Dress up a notch Thinking an outfit inappropriate means it probably is Thinking an outfit inappropriate means it probably is

12 Dont wear business casual attire when… Not yet invested in business casual attire Not yet invested in business casual attire When talking about salary or a performance appraisal When talking about salary or a performance appraisal When unsure of outfit When unsure of outfit When outfit is not cleaned or pressed When outfit is not cleaned or pressed When unsure about an organizations dress code on a visit When unsure about an organizations dress code on a visit When interacting with potential clients or international clients When interacting with potential clients or international clients Are jeans appropriate? When the highest-ranking woman or CEO wears them to work When the highest-ranking woman or CEO wears them to work And, only if they are cleaned, pressed, and in good condition And, only if they are cleaned, pressed, and in good condition

13 What Does a Womans Personal Appearance Say About Her? Respect for herself and others Respect for herself and others How much attention to detail she has How much attention to detail she has Interest in professional future Interest in professional future

14 Business Professional Dress Women must look right to get foot in the door Only suits? Some companies have unwritten rule for suits only Some companies have unwritten rule for suits only In other companies, business professional dress can mean suit, dress, pantsuit, or blazer and skirt In other companies, business professional dress can mean suit, dress, pantsuit, or blazer and skirt

15 Business Professional Basics Suits in black, navy, gray, and taupe Suits in black, navy, gray, and taupe Brighter colored jackets and skirts from business casual may be blended into business professional Brighter colored jackets and skirts from business casual may be blended into business professional Skirts that are calf-length are appropriate Skirts that are calf-length are appropriate A blazer and coordinating skirt is appropriate when policy is more relaxed A blazer and coordinating skirt is appropriate when policy is more relaxed Long-sleeve classic style dress in a good color Long-sleeve classic style dress in a good color Black, gray, navy, and tan are good color choices--project authority Black, gray, navy, and tan are good color choices--project authority Avoid floral designs and other prints Avoid floral designs and other prints

16 Blouses: Solid colors Solid colors Cream, white, and other muted as well as bright colors Cream, white, and other muted as well as bright colors Cotton, silk, and blouses made of man-made fibers that have quality look Cotton, silk, and blouses made of man-made fibers that have quality look Blouses of good quality, styles, and colors Blouses of good quality, styles, and colors Best fabrics: Wool, gabardine, cotton, and silk Wool, gabardine, cotton, and silk Man-made fabrics that give the same lookscrunch test Man-made fabrics that give the same lookscrunch test

17 Belts, Shoes, and Hosiery Match or be compatible with outfit Classic leather pumps with closed heel and toe Classic leather pumps with closed heel and toe Black, navy, taupe, and burgundy. Black, navy, taupe, and burgundy. Heels -- 1 ½ to 3 inches high Heels -- 1 ½ to 3 inches high Hosiery same shade or lighter than shoes and hemline -- Dark hose with same color long-sleeved suit Hosiery same shade or lighter than shoes and hemline -- Dark hose with same color long-sleeved suit Accessoriesleather, classic, black, navy, taupe, or burgundy Accessoriesleather, classic, black, navy, taupe, or burgundy Purse/ briefcase compact and functional--small as possible Purse/ briefcase compact and functional--small as possible

18 14 carat gold or sterling silver 14 carat gold or sterling silver Accentuate professional attire Accentuate professional attire Eliminate a piece when in doubt Eliminate a piece when in doubt Simplicity is key Simplicity is key Follow the rule of 13 Follow the rule of 13 No dangling earrings No dangling earrings Classic-style watch with black, gold, or silver-tone band Classic-style watch with black, gold, or silver-tone band Jewelry

19 Easy to maintain hairstyle Hair lengthappearance of shoulder length or shorter Hair lengthappearance of shoulder length or shorter Make-up--accentuate features Make-up--accentuate features Eyes and lips are important communication tools Eyes and lips are important communication tools Fingernails--well maintained, subtle polish colors or natural look Fingernails--well maintained, subtle polish colors or natural lookEyeglasses Glasses denote serious/intelligent Glasses denote serious/intelligent Conservative frames Conservative frames Hairstyle, Make-up, and Fingernails

20 Appropriateness Dress up a notch rather than down a notch Dress up a notch rather than down a notch Give extra edge by looking good on her way up ladder Give extra edge by looking good on her way up ladder Quality clothes Quality clothes Investment Investment Thinking an outfit inappropriate--probably is Thinking an outfit inappropriate--probably is

21 What Does a Womans Appearance Say About Her? Respect Respect Attention to detail Attention to detail Credibility Credibility Achieve professional goals Achieve professional goals

22 Business Dress Codes Company manual Company manual Distributed to potential and present employees Distributed to potential and present employees Followed Followed Enforced Enforced Dress by and for example Dress by and for example Knowledgeable Knowledgeable Sensitive to own industry Sensitive to own industry Dress the part for the role you play Dress the part for the role you play

23 Sources: What Does Business Casual for Women Mean? What Does Business Professional Dress Mean for Women Today? Ann Marie Sabath, founder of At Ease, Inc.

24 EVALUATION QUESTIONS 1. I found the presentation material easy to understand. 2. This discussion session increased my knowledge on the subject presented. 3. I will be able to use some of the information from this discussion session in the future. 4. The presenter was well prepared for this session. 5. This presentation should be repeated in future semesters. USE: a. Strongly Agree b. Agree c. Disagree d. Strongly Disagree e. Dont Know USE: a. Strongly Agree b. Agree c. Disagree d. Strongly Disagree e. Dont Know


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