To climb up the corporate ladder, you need the right ensemble. A survey by OfficeTeam revealed that 86% of professionals and 80% of managers agreed that the clothing choices of a person affect their chances of being promoted.
Today, you may be a junior office assistant gearing up for a more ambitious position in your organization. Besides your rock-solid work ethic, another effective way to signal your readiness for the next promotion is through your impeccable style.
As much as you want to look good, bring attention to your personal merit, and impress certain people, you also want to fit in. Yes, your office outfits should be above expectations, but it’s a big no-no to outdress your superiors.
In this article, we are going to give you some pointers on how to send the right hints with your dressing – while staying within your budgets and also upping your style.
General Tips for Men and Women
Take Some Cues from Other High-Ranking People in the Company
Get inspiration from your organization’s leadership. Let their clothing guide you on how to go about your own. Try to find the right balance where you do not overdress nor copy their style slavishly.
Slightly change the default office uniform, so you stand distinct, but people don’t really know how. Subtle patterns should set you apart, but be careful they do not clash.
Fit Is King
We can’t emphasize this tip enough – get all baggy clothes tailored to fit you. A cheap cloth that fits well on you will make you look far better and give a lot more presence than an expensive cloth that doesn’t fit.
No matter whether you decide to amp your office style or still continue your status quo dressing, do ensure your clothes are always clean and free of wrinkles.
Pay Attention to Your Accessories
Focus on the details. A dress code doesn’t just encompass the clothes you wear. Be sure to pay attention to the accessories you choose as well as your grooming.
Remember the Final Touches
The best outfit can come undone by sloppy grooming or sub-par. Therefore, women should style their hair, and the men should get their haircut every 4 to 6 weeks.
Maintain a basic skincare routine of cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen. The men should keep all facial hair polished.
Extra Tips for Men
#1 Pick dark colors like charcoal, navy, and black to convey power. Limit bold colors and pastels to a single piece. That is, a bright dress shirt worn under your dark suit.
#2 Below are examples of outfits you could consider for casual business settings.
- Khaki or navy dress pants
- Lightly textured or patterned sports coat
- Red silk tie to express authority
- Statement watch
- Oxblood or brown monk strap shoes to set you apart from the all others wearing Oxfords and Derbys
- Signature cologne suited for daytime
- Leather briefcase (No to backpacks)
Pointers for Women
#1 Dress up in a suit jacket and get creative with your accessories.
#2 Consider teaming your dress or other outfits with an iconic double-breasted blazer. The blazer adds effortless charm and sophistication to the boring outfit.
#3 Personalize your suit. Women now have different types of suits to create a unique identity. From suits with texture, logos, to those that shimmer.