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How to Dress Professionally: Business Dress Code Basics

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In the past, every single business had their own strict “business-appropriate” dress code. People working in corporate offices needed to dress a certain way in order to fit in with their general surroundings. Luckily, in the modern business world, strict dress codes are slowly but surely phasing out. 

That being said, however, there are still some guidelines on how to dress appropriately for the business environment. And even though these “rules” are miles away from what they once were, there are still some useful pointers that will help you nail down your business outfit. With that being said, let’s look at some tips on how to dress business-appropriate in the modern business world.

The devil is in the details

One of the easiest and best ways to bring more interest to any outfit is with carefully selected jewelry. Now, since we’re talking about business-appropriate jewelry, make sure you don’t go too overboard. Instead, try to keep things minimal yet effective. By opting for just a single statement piece of jewelry you’ll instantly elevate your outfit and show off your style without looking tacky. There are some amazing pieces you can check out at the Moon Magic online jewelry store that are not only appropriate for such an outfit but are also extremely beautiful and versatile. 

You can never go wrong with a blazer

If there was ever an environment more suited for rocking a blazer, we’ve simply never heard of it. So, make sure you invest in at least one blazer that will instantly transform any outfit and make you look more professional and put together. Of course, with so many different styles of blazers, your options will simply appear to be endless. No matter if you’re looking for an extremely professional and corporate-world-appropriate piece or you’re more into that business-casual vibe, a good blazer will help you achieve that look in no time. Just make sure that the blazer you choose fits well and that it’s versatile enough so that you can combine it with different outfits.

Modesty is your friend

Just because there are no more dress code rules that are as strict as they one were, that doesn’t mean you should choose an outfit that’s too revealing. Keep in mind that you are heading to your place of work and not on a night out with your friends. So, while you absolutely can choose to wear clothes that are somewhat revealing, make sure you keep things tasteful and classy. For instance, wearing a skirt to work is absolutely fine as long as it’s of such length that your colleagues don’t mistake it for a belt. 

Never compromise on comfort

Personal comfort is one of the things you should never compromise, regardless of the occasion you’re choosing an outfit for. The same does apply to business dress code as well. If, for instance, you’re working at a place that requires you to wear heels, don’t automatically choose to wear your highest stilettos – unless your absolutely comfortable in them. Instead, opt for a comfortable heel you can easily spend hours on end in and put your personal comfort above everything else.

Tone it down

Finally, there is time and place for all of those amazing makeup looks you see on the internet, but your place of work is simply not one of them. Again, depending on your business dress code policy, you absolutely can sometimes sneak in a make up look that a bit more colorful or “out there”. But, most commonly, the “no makeup makeup” look is probably the best choice.

Of course, these are just some of the most basic guidelines when it comes to dressing appropriately for your work day. As mentioned earlier, all of the rules will vary from place to place, so it’s always best to ask about the business dress code up front. Otherwise, you may end up over or under-dressed which can look quite unprofessional.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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