Marie Raperto, The Hiring Hub
What to wear? Your image plays an important role in your career advancement. Professionalism in your work wardrobe is a must. It can get complicated depending on the type of company and the environment. I recently came across some rules to follow by M.M.LaFleur (www.mmlafluer.com) that I thought were worth passing on:
- If you’re bordering on cleavage, retreat.
- The corporate world looks down on skirts that hit too much above the knee.
- Bra straps should not be seen.
- If your knitwear is pilling, invest in a sweater comb.
- Heels should never be over four inches. If you’re teetering or can’t walk by the end of the day, they are too high.
- Never wear shirts with slogans or words.
- Beware of runway trends. Thigh-high boots are not cool in the office.
- Keep your shoes shined.
- Woven bracelets should be saved for summer camp.
- Keep you manicure neat. Bare nails are better than chipped ones.
- The more formal your work environment, the more natural your makeup should be.
- No wet hair and no too cute hairstyles (like pigtails.)
- No ticketing bracelets or entry stamps. You can talk about them but leave the evidence behind.
A good rule to follow: Once you put your clothes on in the morning, you shouldn’t need to adjust them or think about them for the rest of the day!