Getting the right outfit for the workplace can be tricky especially if it’s your first job. Most people in the office are already used to the culture and the daily grind. They no longer have to worry about something as simple as clothing. They mean business and it comes out of their aura which makes you all the more uncomfortable to ask anyone for help.
Before you donate all your clothes or place them in a ‘throw away’ pile, consider asking for advice and looking for tips regarding workplace dress code. Usually, the HR Manager will help you answer any queries you may have connected to the office. Hence, he or she can clear up any issues you may have with proper dressing. You can proceed your shopping spree and wardrobe haul once you have a chat with your HR.
To refine your taste and make you look professional, keep these ‘dressing tips’ in mind. Try not to wear any of these articles of clothing to achieve a professional and tailored attire.
Dirty, ripped or faded clothes
Old and aged clothes have no place in a corporate setting. High-quality vintage clothing that is still intact and has no holes can pass as office wear only if it is a fitting top or bottom piece. Office clothes shouldn’t have blood, oil, dirt and sauce stains as it will make you look unkempt and unprepared. You also shouldn’t include bleached and washed out pieces in your office wardrobe.
Flip-flops and mandals
Different people have different hygiene habits and perspectives, but everyone can agree that feet are gross no matter how attractive it may look. Keep you footsies hidden. Never go to work wearing flip-flops, mandals or other open-toe footwear. As much as possible, keep your toenails to yourself.
If you have to use flip-flops, you should keep a spare of closed shoes at your station or carry one in your bag. If you plan to wear black shoes or any closed footwear that requires socks, stick to black or nude ones for a polished look.
See-through or backless
Fabrics such as chiffon and organza are sheer and require a lining to support its structure. Having a solid textile prevents other people from getting a glimpse of what’s underneath.
If you don’t have anything to back up the see-through fabric, you should try to wear it on other occasions instead of using it for the office. The same goes for backless or any piece that has a missing part. These clothing options are too daring for a conservative space.
No one wants to know what you wear to bed. You may wear the least amount of clothing when sleeping and it’s none of other people’s business. Leave your bear pajamas and lacy nighties at home. Always suit up for the occasion. A workplace is a professional setting meaning it is an area where sleep should be the last thing on your mind.
Any piece of clothing you aren’t sure to pass for the office
If you have an odd structured pair of pants, chunky boots or full printed top that you are unsure of, leave them at home. Feeling uncertain of the piece is a sign that it might get you into trouble. It may also attract attention that would make you uncomfortable and regret the decision later. If you really want to wear the item, approach the HR and ask for their opinion. Their advice will help you clear your uncertainties and help you improve your outfit choices.
Besides these pieces, you should also skip tops carrying other company’s logo and statement shirts. These may not align with your company’s image and values. Moreover, sporting the workplace brand and patronizing the company’s products shows respect and trust towards your affiliation. It also emphasizes your loyalty to the company, a trait that employers highly value.
If you really need to build a proper corporate outfit, a trip to Trinoma‘s fashion hall or clothing boutiques will help you come up with a strong working adult outfit.