If you work in a professional environment, you might want to start wearing clothing that matches the environment of your office. Or, perhaps you are looking for a more professional career and need to begin wearing outfits that exude a more confident, professional attitude. These tips can help you dress more professionally in every day life and in the office:
- Hygiene and Appearance: While the clothes pay a large role in how professional you come across, remember that equally important is your personal hygiene and habits that affect your appearance. It all starts with what can’t be seen. Make sure when you are caring for your appearance not to forget about other areas of your body. You may want to invest in a bidet toilet seat to clean other parts of your body that may have not gotten the attention from before. In terms of your exterior presence, men should aim to have a clean, short haircut. Of course, long hair is usually acceptable, but to find employment or make a great impression a neater style works best. Women might consider tying their hair up and keeping it out of their face, which can show off a more professional attitude.
- Tailored Clothing: While the items of clothing you wear are important, perhaps just as important is the fit of those items. Women should avoid skin tight clothing, even if the skirt suit combination is technically a professional look. Opt for tailored clothing whenever possible. Outfits can still be flattering without being too baggy or too tight. If you need help, as sales staff at a local department store to recommend which size fits best. When it doubt, it is almost always best to go with the larger size rather than the smaller.
- Clothing: Men should almost always opt for a solid, dark colored suit to come across as professional. Women can wear the same thing, choosing between a pantsuit or the more traditional skirt suit, making sure to include the jacket in the outfit. The shirts worn by both men and women should be a neutral color, or a shade like light blue which is not too bright or attention seeking, and should button down the front.
As a final note, try to avoid too much cologne or perfume, large amounts of makeup or ostentatious jewelry and hairstyles. If in doubt, arrive on the first day or interview more conservative than necessary. You can always take off your jacket or let down your hair, but it is much harder to look professional if you are dressed too casually for the occasion.