Author- Neha Suradkar
When it comes to dressing up for work, we all tend to have different opinions but certain things are common as to what people think and do when it comes to their professional wardrobe. Some are set rules and must be followed, while others can be taken more as a guideline. Let's see what all-
1. Black and other neutrals are the only colours you can wear to work.
May Break- Neutrals may form the foundation for your outfit, while other colors may be added as accents.
2. Bright Colours are strict no-no.
Break- Bright colours worn as top or even as jackets are always welcome. Also, bright colors can be added as accessories. Very few professions are there where bright colors are frowned upon but in most workplaces they are pleasantly welcome.
3. Lace is not for professional dressing.
Follow to some extent- Lace when worn as an accent breaks the monotony of the texture and makes the outfit more delicate and feminine. Yes, a full lace dress is not something you would like to be seen in at work.
4. Wear your tallest heal, higher the heals, more formal they are.
Break- Wear heels... Yes but only those you are comfortable with! Unless your profession has strict rules for the length of your heels, wear the most comfortable tallest heels.
5. No loud make-up.
Follow- Loud makeup is only for clubbing Period.
6. Showing off skin is not acceptable.
Follow- Unless you are a model and modelling for an outfit, it is preferred to keep your cleavage, thighs, tummy unseen at work.
7. Keep your accessories minimal and delicate.
May Break- If acceptable at workplace, instead of wearing too many pieces, one can just wear a statement necklace or ring.
8. No Red Lips or Nails.
May Break- Red Lips or nails can always add a touch of excitement to a seemingly boring outfit. Red has become more like a neutral nail colour over a period of time. One may choose to go with either of the two at any point.
9. No visible bra-straps or panty lines.
Must Follow- At work and all the time!
10. Wear pants or trousers if you are working in a profession dominated by men.
Try to Break- If you have a feminine style and just because you have to work with men, does not mean you have to do so in pants. Go ahead and show your feminine side and wear your skirts. A feminine look is always welcome and contrary to popular belief that your colleagues will not take you seriously, you will rather be appreciated for coming across as who you are and show your worth with your performance. And don't forget the skirt suits are classics in a Woman's Professional Wardrobe and the same goes for sari in an Indian Women's Working Wardrobe.
Well... there are so many more but these are the most common ones.
What are your thoughts about professional dressing? Do you strongly agree or disagree with any of the above points? Do leave a comment and share your views.