7 Things You Should Never Wear to Work
Has your career advancement stalled and you can’t seem to figure out why? Are you often mistaken for an intern? The problem might be the outfits you wear to work. It is said that one should dress the way you want to be addressed. So if you don’t want to give off the wrong impression, especially at work, it’s prudent to make an effort to look your best. Here are seven fashion choices you should avoid if you work in an office.
- Athletic Footwear: Shoes can make or break an outfit. That means no athletic footwear at work. Unless you have a medical problem, stay clear of wearing shoes that are too sporty. If you have to wear athletic shoes, make sure they are clean and in good shape. No one wants to work with (or smell) someone wearing a pair of ratty gym shoes.
- Strong Fragrances: No one should be able to smell you before you arrive. Be respectful of your co-workers and tone down the fragrance. You must also take into consideration co-workers who may have fragrance sensitivities or medical conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Besides, who would want to stand next to you in an elevator if you smell like a department store perfume display?
- Wrinkled Clothes: Now is the time to get familiar with your iron. If you can’t imagine yourself bending over an ironing board, either take your clothing to the cleaners and have them pressed or buy no-wrinkle clothes. There’s no excuse for wrinkled clothes; it just looks bad. Don’t ever go to work in wrinkled clothes.
- Sandals: Although you may like to feel the cool breeze on your toes, it’s not a professional look. Cover up your toes. There is no excuse for open-toe sandals or shoes. Nobody wants to see your toes. Even if you think people aren’t looking at your feet, they are.
- Gym Clothes: Sweatshirts, track suits, and any other outfit you would wear to the gym are out. It’s okay to be comfortable, but you shouldn’t look like you’re about to go for a sporting event. Although companies instituted ‘dress down’ days, many human resources directors and company decision-makers assumed employees knew what was considered ‘business appropriate.
- Clothes that are too loose or tight: Work clothes can be restrictive, but it is possible to be comfortable and work appropriate. If all of your work clothes are baggy, get a tailor. At the other extreme is wearing an outfit that is way too tight. Your co-workers should not be able to see the outline of your underwear. One of the basic keys to achieving a polished look is making sure that your clothes fit properly
- Clothes that are too dressy: It is good to look good, but don’t be so overdressed that it looks like you should be going to an event or occasion. Always dress right for the occasion. Don’t forget the basic rules of fashion: you need to have a central piece and build around that, you need to have a central color and a few other colors supporting. Fashion, just as any art, is all about balance.