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1BUSINESS ETIQUETTE Chapter 2 Business Dress 101: Handling Attire Problemsin the Workplace
2Clothes make the man – & the woman! When in doubt, always err on the side of dressing slightly more conservative than the situation demandsYou can always remove a jacket, but you can’t put 1 on if you didn’t take it with you!
3Being less than perfectly well-dressed in a business setting can result in a feeling of profound discomfort“Clothing mismatches” on the job can ruin the day of the person who’s wearing the inappropriate attire—& the person with whom he/she comes in contact!Even “casual day” wardrobe selections that carry potentially dire implications on the job can be avoided with just a minimal investment of time, care, & attention
4Tip #10 Know when to dress up—or dress down Offices vary when it comes to dress codesNo matter what your company’s attitude is regarding what you wear, you are working in a business environment & you should dress accordinglyThis applies not only to business casual wear but to more formal business attire
5Your attire should reflect both your environment & your position You can & will be judged by your personal appearanceThis is especially true on “dress-down” days when what you wear will say more about you than any business suit ever couldPeople will actually pay more attention to what you wear on dress-down days than on “business professional” days
6When dressing in “business casual” clothes, try to put some flair into your wardrobe choices: The “real” definition of business casual is to dress just one notch down from what you would normally wear on business-professional attire days
7Avoid jeans; worn, wrinkled polo shirts; sneakers; scuffed shoes; halter-tops; & revealing blouses For men: wear a neat pair of pants & a buttoned shirt w/long or short sleeves that has more color or texture in the fabricFor women: wear skirts or tailored pants with blouses, blazers & accessories that mean business yet convey a more casual look than your standard business attire
8Tip #11Know when it’s time for your organization to adopt a new dress policyHow would you rate the way your colleagues or employees dress for work?
9Do the women in your organization wear scrunchies & mules? Do male employees interpret “permanent press” as meaning “not needing to be ironed, ever”?Does it look like stock in Spandex must have risen dramatically based on the clothing choices of your organization’s employees?
10If you answered yes to any of the If you answered yes to any of the ?’s – ask yourself if the way you & others representing your organization is reflective of the professional image you want your company to project . . .
11If you are in a management position, draft a memo that updates the dress code Otherwise, consider suggesting, subtly, that someone in authority revisit your dress policy
121 simple, never to be violated, rule that applies to both men & women: Avoid wearing clothes that reveal too much or leave little to the imagination!Examples:Men who wear shorts to the office – even on Sat. – signal to others that they don’t recognize standards for appropriate business casual dressThe same is true for women who wear skirts that are tighter & shorter than “business professional” skirtsWhy risk the chance of not being taken seriously by managers & colleagues???
13There are boundaries between your career & your social life You should dress 1 way for play & another way when you mean businessAlways ask yourself where you are going & how other people will be dressed when you get there
14Remember the axiom – the clothes make the man (& the woman!) When in doubt, always err on the side of dressing slightly more conservative than the situation demandsYou can always take a jacket off, but you can’t put one on if you didn’t take it with you!
15Tip #12 Avoid over-accessorizing Whether you are a man or a woman, the way in which you use accessories reveals a great deal about youAccessories can communicate who you are as a person, in the way you are presenting yourself & in your attention to detail
16Jewelry: the basic rule in a business environment is that less is more Earrings on men are strictly tabooWomen should choose earrings that are simple yet elegant & should wear no more than 1 pairPins provide nice accents to a business ensemble, yet they need not be the main attention-grabberBe tuned into your org.’s culture to decide whether or not you can wear multiple-bangle braceletsIn some workplaces they are considered inappropriateFor both M/F, appropriate in a professional setting means wearing a max. of 1 ring on each hand, worn on either the ring finger or the pinkie
17Tip #13 Skip the cheap accessories The business pen you carry should portray a positive professional imageAlso be aware of the image that your briefcase, computer case, luggage, & umbrella makeAre they as well maintained as they can possibly be?Do they look sharp?Should they be replaced?
18Tip #14 If you’re an employer, clarify “business casual attire” Some companies set up a “dress-down day” policy – then forget to tell employees exactly what they mean by “dress-down”
19If you are the person responsible for creating a policy & procedure manual – or a detailed memo – that describes specifically what you do & don’t want to see on business casual daysBy doing this, you’ll give your people guidelines to follow & help them plan that 3rd wardrobe
20Mention the basics:If you want men to wear shoes & socks instead of open-toes sandals & women to wear hosiery or trouser socks w/slacks – say so!By taking a few simple steps to formalize the boundaries of business casual day, you canclarify what is & isn’t acceptablekeep your business environment professional& avoid the strange looks from important visitors
21Tip #15Refer to “the Book” to solve attire problems among subordinatesAppropriately update the org.’s procedure manual to include a business casual codeDepersonalize a reprimand regarding inappropriate dress by taking a “rules are rules” approach during a private/low-key meeting
22Today’s managers will have to contend with fashion statements that send the wrong message—loudly—to colleagues, visiting clients, & the bossIn cases where you’re looking at major provocations, rather than minor misunderstandings, your best bet is to pull the person aside, find a place for a private conversation, & explain the nature of the problem sensitively yet directly
23Your cause will be considerably easier if you have a written dress code that outlines your org.’s definition of business casual dressBegin by telling the person that he/she is a valued employeeThe explain--w/o making accusations or ridiculing their style—that business casual dress is tricky & the way the company has attempted to avoid confusion is by stating what it considers appropriate in its handouts & printed materials
24Let the offender know that the company needs his/her assistance now—that it’s time to go home to change into “appropriate” business casual attire, rather than the “casual” & inappropriate garment(s) he/she is wearingSpecify exactly what is over the lineBe specific rather than assuming that the person will knowNo matter how far away the person lives, insist they go change – this will relay a message to others that rules are meant to be followed, & if not, changes will have to be made
25Tip #16Make sure your business casual dress says that you mean businessHow casual is your org.’s business casual policy?The answer varies from co. to co. & not all co.’s develop formal written guidelines for the benefit of employees
26You will never get in trouble for being too underdressed in a business casual arena if you follow this 1 rule:Change your regular professional attire by only a single garment
27Example: Men Example: Women If your org.’s culture requires that you wear a suit on “business professional days,” wear a sport coat when dressing business casualExample: WomenSwap that conservative blouse you wear on most days with a knit top that is compatible with your blazer
28By following this simple & conservative rule when dressing business casual, you’ll still be able to go to a last-minute client meeting on a moment’s notice—w/o having to apologize for how you look
29Is it appropriate for women to wear slack suits on dress-down days in professional environments where this would otherwise be considered inappropriate???It depends on the culture of the org. for which you workThe safest standard is probably to keep an eye on what the highest-ranking woman in your org. does & follow her example
30Do YOU dress in “Business Attire” already? How does your org. recommend that you dress for work?Are you encouraged to dress “up one notch” from business casual, so that you look like you are ready to do business on a moment’s notice?
31Whatever guidelines your org Whatever guidelines your org. has set out, you can be sure that the way you dress is a reflection of how credible you are perceived by clients, vendors, investors, &/or stockholders
32Ask yourself: How would others describe your style of dress at work? Would it be “business professional”?Would it be “business casual”?Or might it be seen as “business sloppy”!?!
33Today in business, “looking the part” has definitely resurfaced as a priority in the eyes of many decision-makersThat’s why so many org.’s are encouraging their employees to wear “business ready” attire
34Dressing in a “business ready” mode means wearing clothes that ensure that you are one of the first individuals to come to mind when your manager realizes he/she is double-booked & needs an instant replacement for that upcoming meeting“Business Ready” means never having to say you’re sorry for how you look during a meeting
35“Business Ready” attire means dressing for the position you want rather than for the one you have It’s the best (& most lucrative) approach to business attire, & it’s one you should adopt whatever formal style guidelines your organization follows
36Key Point SummaryDon’t pick clothes that reveal too much or too little to the imaginationWhen in doubt, always err on the side of dressing slightly more conservatively than the situation demandsKeep accessories to a tasteful minimumAvoid chintzy-looking accessoriesIf you’re the boss, make it clear exactly what “business casual attire” means in your workplace
37Avoid pointless conflicts—pull errant or inappropriately dress employees aside, & have a low-key “rules are rules” meeting about company attire standards - make sure you have a documented dress policy at hand
38Still stumped about what to wear? Try this rule: Change your regular professional attire by only a single garment