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Dress for success
06 April 2017
First impressions count - and bearing in mind that only 7% of what you say makes an impact, what you wear (and how you wear it) is of vital importance.
You should always wear a suit to an interview, whether you perceive the environment to be corporate or not. Invest in a dark-coloured one and this will see you through even the most gruelling round of interviews.
As proud as you are of your intricately designed tattoo or body piercing, these are features that your prospective new employer would probably rather not be exposed to. Err on the side of caution and stick to discreet, understated jewellery when you're interviewing with an organisation.
All four seasons
Once you're established in your new job, seasonal considerations can present a challenge for even the most conscientious dresser. Hot, sunny days and sticky, summer nights might be good for barbeques but can present a challenge when you're choosing your professional wardrobe.
Linen is a classic summer fabric but bear in mind that this can wrinkle quite easily. While this is part of its charm, you might be left feeling dishevelled at a more formal meeting. But you can't go wrong with a black shift dress - simple, smart and perfect for warm weather. Great with a cardigan too when the weather starts cooling down.
And flip flops? While they are a blessing during the commute, they can be a source of controversy in the workplace. For women, go for a small peep toe rather than strappy sandals and if you've got some spare cash, invest in a pedicure. Men, we know those trainers are a far more comfortable option on the way to the office, but be sure to keep a pair of smarter shoes in your bag or under your desk to make the switch when you arrive at work.
You might be tempted to leave your jacket at home but this is an essential item in many work places. A compromise is to keep a neutral jacket in the office cupboard, ready to be donned for smarter situations. Sleeveless tops, spaghetti straps and plunging necklines are to be avoided, ladies.
Corporate is best
A good standard to adhere to is keeping it professional. Some work places may have more formal requirements than others, but even in a casual environment ensure that your appearance doesn't let your employer's brand down. This extends to what you wear, your hair style and accessories too.