Presentation on theme: "Dress Codes. A Dress to Success Test Casual dress on Fridays means that my attitude and language can be casual too. Business casual means a man's shirt."— Presentation transcript:
A Dress to Success Test Casual dress on Fridays means that my attitude and language can be casual too. Business casual means a man's shirt should have a collar. If a man does not have time to shave in the morning before work he should keep an electric razor in his desk drawer.
4. It's perfectly okay to ask a well dressed professional where they got their clothes and how much they paid. 5. I can smoke in my own office even if the building is non-smoking.
6. If a co-worker is dressing inappropriately at work, I have a responsibility to tell them. If I have to attend a formal function in the evening, it is perfectly acceptable to wear my formal clothes during the day.
8. It cannot be construed as sexual harassment if I comment on co- workers appearance whether man or woman.
9. Everyone should know that good grooming is an intrinsic part of any workplace dress code. 10. Chewing gum is a good habit to get into if you want to keep fresh breath.
Hats Always remove your hat when indoors. Even business casual means that your baseball cap stays at home. Hats should not be worn in restaurants, meetings, church, receptions or places of work. It is a sign of disrespect. EXCEPTIONS: Indoor sporting events or for religious reasons.
Do not wear open toes, sleeveless or revealing clothing in situations where a sit-down meal is being served or if you'll be in contact with clients. This includes associates homes, weddings, special events, the workplace or restaurants.
Casual Clothing "Casual" includes: khakis, sport shirts, sweaters, slacks, blouses and skirts. The kind of clothes you'd wear shopping or to the bank. (Some people get casual confused with very informal or "play" clothes like tank tops, cut offs, bathing suits, or t-shirts which should only be worn around the house or for "play. )
Typically business casual means a tie is not required, however a collar is. Don't forget, casual clothes don't mean casual manners. Business people who dress business casual should remember that they will be in contact with clients who will make first impressions.
In the business arena it is much safer to be overdressed then underdressed.
In determining what to wear each morning, take a minute to assess the role you will be playing that day. The level of formality depends on whom you are interacting with and what your responsibilities will be.
Less is more when it comes to make- up, jewelry and perfume. You can make a statement about your style without being excessive. Most business people do not appreciate "trends" like facial hair, piercing or body tattoos. Hair color should be natural and neat and clean.
Do not chew gum. It is noisy and looks bad. If you are worried about bad breath, brush your teeth often and carry mints.
Questions to ask yourself: Does this clothing fit me properly? Is it too tight, too loose or too short? Does this article of clothing, pair of shoes, handbag etc look worn out or outdated? (You should not wear garments that are torn, patched or obviously mended to work - ever!) Am I dressed appropriately for my position and responsibilities? Do not wear sneakers, tank tops, tee shirts or revealing clothing to work if you hope to gain the respect of your clients, peers or higher ups.
One Final Hint: Dress as though you hold a position higher in rank than where you actually are in the company. Dress for success!
Formality of the Occasion Semi-Formal A business suit and tie for men and a business suit for women is appropriate. Semi-formal attire is appropriate for any business function where attire was not specified. Men should choose conservative ties, no cartoons or loud patterns.
Formal A dark suit and tie for men and a dressy business suit for women is appropriate. Women may also wear dresses or pantsuits. The rule is generally that the more formal the event, the more covered up a woman should dress. Take a wrap or dress jacket if you go strappy or sleeveless. Choose dress fabrics like velvet or silk which you would of course not wear to work.
Cocktail Business dress for men is always appropriate. A jacket and tie should be worn for the duration of the function. Women may choose "cocktail" suits, shorter dresses or dressy pants. The mood is generally light-hearted unless the invitation states "formal-cocktail reception.