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Dress to Impress at Work

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 22 Jul 2011 | comments*Discuss
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So much of what we communicate to others has nothing to do with what we say. It is about the way we look, our body language and persona. Even if you are not a follower of fashion or care very much about clothes, what you wear to work can have a big impact. You’ve all seen people that are dressed inappropriately at the office and know how others react. You don’t want that to be you. Think carefully about clothes you choose to work and how you can dress to impress.

Dress Appropriately

You need to dress appropriately for work. This will vary greatly depending on the industry that you are in and the formality of your office. The best way to gauge it is to look at what other people are wearing. In a financial corporation it is likely to be suits and smart clothing. While at a fashion magazine you will impress them much more with the latest trends. Pick clothes that reflect the style and tone of your company and that don’t make you stand out for the wrong reasons.

Invest In Key Items

You may not want to spend a lot of money on your work wardrobe, so the best approach is to invest in key items. Whether this is a suit or two in a formal environment, a killer coat or pair of boots in a trend-setting office, buy the best. Once you have these well made items you can dress them up and down with cheaper pieces of clothing that will still look well put together and professional.

Be Practical

You may have fallen in love with a pair of heels but, if your job involves being on your feet all day, you may have to forfeit them. Part of dressing to impress is picking outfits that allow you to look great but also do your job well. You need to think practically about your clothes. Mini skirts may be the latest trend but if you have to bend down or lift things then, even on a fashion magazine, they are not a good idea.

Watch The Office Party!

Everybody likes to let off some steam and have fun after work. There is nothing wrong with this but you need to make sure that all your hard clothing work doesn’t go to waste. If you have been dressing to impress at work but arrive at a social event looking less than appropriate, your image will be shattered. Try to find a happy medium between looking ready for a party and appropriate for a work event.

If you want to dress to impress at work, you need to always look the part. This means choosing clothing that is appropriate to your office and investing in key pieces. Be practical about your choices and don’t let yourself down by straying too far from the norm with your clothes for the Office Party.

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