What is office appropriate…and what is not??
Five office tips for men and women thanks to careerbuilder.com.
Every office is different, soooo some of these may not apply to you. But a few of them may…Here’s the list:
#1.) ACCESSORIES. Women should wear no more than 11 accessories. Always remember “Keep it simple!” If you think it may be too much, it probably is!
–Guys – If you DO wear accessories remember these two tips – you should have more fingers WITHOUT rings than WITH. And if you wear a watch, it should look professional, which means it should have either a leather band or a metal band.
#2.) FACIAL APPEARANCE. For this one I come back to the “Keep it simple!” tip. Women- PLEASE go easy on the red lipstick and eyeliner . . . and stay away from the GLITTER!
–For guys, showing up clean-shaven is always appropriate, and a well-groomed beard is okay too. But make sure you keep it trimmed. More companies allow the ‘five o’clock shadow’ these days, but it depends on where you work.
#3.) HYGIENE. This one’s pretty obvious…please bathe regularly and brush your teeth! And take it easy on the perfume and/or cologne. No one wants to smell you BEFORE they see you and some people are allergic to it.
#4.) CLOTHING. Women have more options than guys do. We can wear skirts, dresses, pants, a suit, and depending on your office dress code you CAN wear jeans.
–For guys, if the dress code is strict, wear a suit. If it’s business casual, that means pants and a button-down shirt. And if it’s REALLY casual, you can wear jeans and a t-shirt . . . but stay away from shorts outside of summer weather. Don’t be one of those guys that wear shorts in the winter because “You’re just not cold!” I call BS!!!
#5.) SHOES. Women are obsessed with the idea that shoes can make or break an outfit. I agree…to a point! Ladies please make sure your “perfect” shoes are comfortable! Because if they’re not, everyone will know!
–For guys, the safest thing is to stick with plain black or brown dress shoes, since they go with dressy clothes AND jeans. Just make sure you shine them every now and then.