How to Dress Your Best at Work

Everyone knows that appearances count, especially at work. Fair or not, many times you’re judged more by how you look than how you perform, especially if you’re a woman. That’s just the reality in today’s image-conscious world. If you doubt this fact, just consider the $100,000 that Sarah Palin spent on a new wardrobe after becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee. So if you want that raise or promotion you've been waiting for, you'll need to take the following steps to look your best on the job.


  1. Always dress for the job you want. If you're currently a paralegal, but you aspire to be a lawyer one day, then dress like a lawyer. If you're a worker who has ambitions of moving into management, then dress like a manager. You might be surprised by how seriously people take you by the clothes you wear and your overall appearance.Dress%20Your%20Best%20at%20Work%20Step%201.jpg
  2. Keep your clothes neat, clean, and in good condition. Even expensive, well-made clothes won’t do you much good if they’re soiled or frayed at the edges.Dress%20Your%20Best%20at%20Work%20Step%202.jpg
  3. Know and understand the effects of color. Colors send subliminal messages to those around you, and you want to send the right messages. It’s best to avoid loud colors that are a distraction. You're usually safe with navy, grey, black or red.Dress%20Your%20Best%20at%20Work%20Step%203.jpg
  4. Keep the jewelry conservative. Work isn’t the place to show off your hoop earrings or that jangly new bracelet your husband or boyfriend gave you for Christmas.Dress%20Your%20Best%20at%20Work%20Step%204.jpg
  5. Avoid trying to look sexy or cute in the office. Leave the sheer dresses, see-through mesh, leather miniskirts, tube tops, etc. at home. This is true even at workplaces that allow casual dress. Your husband or boyfriend may love the sexy you, but it’s a look that will only get you into the wrong kind of trouble at work.Dress%20Your%20Best%20at%20Work%20Step%205.jpg
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