Being fashionable in the office can be tricky. You want to be cute and also fit within the dress code. You want to be able to balance being taken seriously in the office and while also bringing in your personal style. In previous posts we have discussed what’s appropriate to wear to work. Here are a few tips on what not wear to the office.
One of the first things you should do when conducting a major wardrobe overhaul is to take stock of what you already have. You can’t effectively build or rebuild your wardrobe when you are holding on to things that no longer fit you or your lifestyle.
To get this done, you will need a few trash bags or boxes. Before you really get into it you may want to clean your room. It’s easier to work in an uncluttered space. Start by cleaning everything out of your closet.
Casual Fridays were started in Hawaii in the 60s as Aloha Fridays. It was started as a way to sell floral print shirts. It was adopted on the mainland as Casual Fridays in the 90s by Levi Strauss & Co to promote their Dockers brand. Most of us look forward to the days we can be a little more casual in the office and throw on a nice pair of jeans.
The office I work in has a business casual dress code. We normally don’t have casual Fridays but for a few weeks during the summer we get to wear them in return for giving to charity. If your office has a casual Friday and you want to wear jeans, there’s a way to do it and still look professional. Here are a few ways you can wear jeans to the office and still look professional.
In the final post of the Building Your Work Wardrobe Basics, we’re covering the casual dress code. Casual can be defined as something more relaxed, informal or suited for everyday use. The casual dress code means different things in different industries. Overall, casual is considered informal but you still need to be neat and professional.
To be taken seriously in a casual environment, I would pair nice dark wash jeans or khakis with crisp, button down shirts or polos. Flip flops, tennis shoes and worn jeans are still a no-no in the more casual office. Ok, ladies casual does not mean club attire. If you would wear it for a night on the town partying, don’t wear to the office.
The business casual dress code was established to allow employees to work comfortably in the workplace. It was set for you to be comfortable yet still be professional. I think some people take casual a little too literally. Leggings may be comfortable but they are not appropriate for the office. At all. Absolutely no exceptions. Can you tell this is a sticking point for me? In the second part of building your work wardrobe basics we will go over some guidelines for business casual.