Even if you are not working in a formal workplace like banks, you shouldn’t be nonchalant or go too casual with the items you wear to work. How you appear before your co-workers, boss and clients do matter. You don’t want to be the employee that’s popular for his/her poor workplace dressing. Your good performance at work should get people talking, not the way you dress.
If your workplace has a dress code, trying to be rebellious against it because you want to assert your individuality or prove to everyone that you are ‘rebellious’ may only harm your career growth. Even though there’s less strictness in the workplace of today about workplace dressing, there are still some things that are totally off limits. In wanting to dress casual to your laid-back workplace or not waste so much time thinking about what to wear in the morning, you may find yourself stuck and confused about what may come off as ‘too casual or inappropriate.’ Here are items you should do well to avoid.
Clingy Or Revealing Clothes
With all the self-love hashtags and gender empowerment speeches that are flying around today, you may find it difficult to know when to draw the line with your office clothes. While your colleagues or friends may applaud the way you defend wearing revealing crop tops, cold shoulder blouses, miniskirts, sheer fabrics and unbuttoned t-shirts that show the hairs on your chest, these type of clothes will still affect how people perceive your level of professionalism at work.
Anything You Can’t Easily Move Around In
If that tight long-sleeved jacket will make it hard for you to type, it’s best you don’t wear it to work. Same goes to your gorgeous four-inch stilettos, undersized flat shoes, overly tight skirts or gowns and skinny jeans that are too tight. You will be sitting at your desk for long hours or moving around trying to get urgent tasks done, save yourself from misery.
Anything You Keep Adjusting
You can be sure that you won’t be the only one noticing the short skirt you keep pulling down, the low cut shirt or blouse you keep tugging up or the jangling necklaces you keep rearranging. Wearing any of these items to work can be distracting and can make you appear less confident or smart.
Strong Aftershave Or Perfume
There is a perfume you spray that has a scent nobody can miss? When you walk past a group of people engrossed in one activity or the other, they almost always look up to see the source of the strong scent? Don’t wear that perfume to work.
Dangling Or Distracting Jewelry
You swing your head towards your computer screen and back to your co-worker or superior who is standing in front of your desk to get needed info, and all the while your large, drop earrings are dancing around your ears, distracting him/her.
Besides causing distractions, your dangling pieces of jewelry may even get caught on your coworker or client, risking injury.
T-shirts With Sexual Or Offensive Messages
If wearing T-shirts are allowed in your place of work, wearing one with offensive words or very graphic texts or sketches on them may send a wrong message.
Anything That’s Against The Company’s Policy
Wearing the type of dress or shoe that your company marked off in their policy may undermine your credibility or dedication to your job. Just like you make compromises in a relationship or marriage, your career also requires that you make certain compromises. Don’t jeopardize your career for the sake of flaunting your personal style.