The casual-Friday concept is
waning across the country. Many men and women
prefer to dress to a higher standard whatever
the day. Why should you look like you’ve
paid attention for the first four days and
then fall apart on the fifth day?
Dressing the part of success can bring success into your life. If you look
sloppy to the public or colleagues, what are you saying about your competence
If you wear suits to work,
the conventional suit can also be worn with a new
twist like reworking the skirt or pant with a sporty
plaid jacket or cardigan. The jacket could be worn
with a contrasting skirt and a scarf or necklace
to pull the color together. You
can look sophisticated without appearing stuffy.
If it’s warm, a ¾ or long-sleeve
shirt is a good replacement for a jacket. Also,
there are short-sleeve jackets.
Creative fields allow
for more mixing and matching and adding pieces
with personality and color – wearable
art of sorts.
There are more casual workplaces but
even these could use an upgrade from jeans and
t-shirt to chinos and polo shirt or a cotton shirt
with a collar. A collared
top always gives you more presence and authority.
In some cases, work that creates a need to be protected from damage requires
a uniform or protective clothing such as aprons or lab coats.
If you are in public view,
be as neat as possible. (And please, no
belly should be showing in the workplace!)
The bottom line: if it doesn’t look good on
you, it’s not in style.