Casual Fridays. A day that strikes both pleasure and fear into most employees’ well-suited hearts. There’s usually a no-nonsense dress code that is to be followed Monday-Thursday, but when it comes to Casual Friday, office dwellers are left to their own devices. Panic ensues. How casual is too casual? Can I wear gym gear? (The answer here is, of course, no – but we’ll get to that later). The word “casual” can be interpreted in many different ways. And let’s be honest, in some workplaces it is. But there are boundaries, people. No matter how much you were looking forward [...]
For some, donning the tired, old office suit each morning has become akin to putting on that scratchy blazer or godawful skivvy of your school days, and may bring back horrible memories of canteen food and sweaty classrooms. But in this modern age, men have many options when it comes to corporate dressing, it just takes a little flair and inspiration to make dressing for work less of a tiresome bore and more of an accentuation of your personal brand. Pop that colour It’s so easy to fall into the habit of buying black suits and white shirts. Hey, it’s [...]
Looking professional at work doesn’t have to mean boring. Who says you have to wear black or pinstripe? Looking good at work is all about finding what’s right for you and, while there are certain rules you should follow, avoiding prints isn’t one of them. Prints are perfectly acceptable in the office, you just have to be careful about how you wear them. How to wear prints in the office 1. Wear a print dress with a neutral or black shoe such as the Olivia Leather and Suede Sandal.
For women, getting dressed for work or a formal occasion can be complicated. They have to decide between skirts, dresses, pants, shirts, blouses, heels and jewellery. For men, their only only decision is which tie to match to their suit or shirt. Considering men only have one decision to make, you would think that getting dressed would be easy, but finding the right tie to compliment a shirt is not as simple as simply finding one you like. Ties are the finishing touch to an outfit, therefore a bit of careful planning is essential in getting it right. Ties should [...]
When it comes to your office wardrobe, it’s incredible the difference a few carefully planned accessories can make to your overall look. The key is to keep it simple and elegant, ensuring you’re dressed to impress. What you wear in the office can greatly determine the level of respect you receive from your coworkers and superiors. Dressing in a confident, conservative manner that shows off a touch of your personality can earn you bonus points for that promotion you are longing for. Clothing should be discreet, meaning a skin coloured bra under light coloured tops and a quick check in [...]
First impressions count, especially when it comes to job interviews. According to LinkedIn’s career expert Nicole Williams, “On a job interview, your attire makes a statement about yourself before you even open your mouth.” Getting your outfit right can make all the difference when you’re after a new employment situation. Follow these tips to get your interview outfit right:
When travelling on a business trip there’s a delicate balance between fitting in all you might need to just taking the bare basics. When you’re limited to carry on luggage sizes the challenge becomes even harder. Here’s some life hacks to knowing what you really need to take, getting it into your suitcase and not having your clothes all crumpled and creased when you arrive: Minimal packing There comes a time when you have to let go of those ‘just in case’ items that are taking up precious space in your bag. You only need to take as many [...]
It may be a company’s intention to maintain a certain level of dress, professionalism and order to an office, but according to Fast Company, enforcing strict dress codes within the workforce can be harmful to productivity. For legislative adviser Ash Sethi, going to work each day can be stressful. He has been instructed that sideburns are not to reach beyond the earlobe and shaving should be done every two days. If not, he will be sent to the men’s room with a razor.