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Perfecting Your Professional Image at Work

Dianna is a writer with a background in education and business. She writes to inspire and encourage others.

Wear clothing choices that compliment your individual style and present your best image at work.

Wear clothing choices that compliment your individual style and present your best image at work.

While teaching Professional Development this module, the class discussion eventually led to dressing professionally at work. Students commented on how regardless if it was business casual or not, it was expensive to dress well. Then it dawned upon me that a field trip to a quality consignment shop would help students to discover how to dress with style on a budget.

We contacted The Red Balloon in Wellington, Florida, which is known for its upscale designer clothing offered to patrons at a reasonable price. The manager, Julie Pinello, and associates, Kristina Strassner and Dianne Pino, consented to putting together a few outfits to show the class how affordable it was to dress for success.

The trip proved very successful in helping the students to realize they can look professional without spending a fortune on clothing. They also learned dressing well is a personal impression that does make a difference in how others see your work values in regards to the company's image. Through the coursework and the trip to the consignment shop, students discovered the essentials of perfecting their professional image at work.

Business Casual Attire Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the proper skirt length at work?
    • Just below the knee
    • It should come to the top of the knee
    • No shorter three inches above the knee
  2. The best colors for a business suit are:
    • Navy, black, gray, tan
    • Red, gray, olive
    • Teal, burgandy, black
  3. What is the modest approach to office jewelry?
    • Fashionable watch, 18 - 20 inch necklace, earrings, bracelet
    • Two rings, earrings, simple necklace, bracelet, watch
    • Simple watch, earrings, one bracelet, one ring
  4. Men should own at least two suits. Which two colors are best?
    • Black and Gray
    • Navy and Charcoal Gray
    • Black and Tan
  5. What is the dressiest shoe a man can wear?
    • Lace-up wingtips
    • Tasseled loafer

Answer Key

  1. It should come to the top of the knee
  2. Navy, black, gray, tan
  3. Simple watch, earrings, one bracelet, one ring
  4. Navy and Charcoal Gray
  5. Lace-up wingtips

Dressing to Impress

A question often asked during an interview is, "what is the dress code?" The days when employees had to wear suits, dress shirts, ties, and high heels are gone, instead, we now have the business casual office attire. What exactly is business casual? Wikipedia defines it as, "generally dressing professional, looking relaxed yet neat and pulled together." And herein lies the confusion: just exactly how relaxed, and what does "pulled together" look like?

Forty-three percent of non-self-employed workers wear casual business attire, another nineteen percent wear uniforms and nine percent wear formal business attire. (Source: Wikipedia.org) This is good for those of us who must wear the business casual look to work. We have plenty to choose from and so many more ways to get the look just right—or wrong.

Not to fret, once you have started to work on a job the best way to gauge what to wear is to observe what your colleagues are wearing. Note those who are successful at work and have some positive influence. Are they wearing dress slacks to work or are they wearing khakis? It is important that you get the look right because it will help you to feel comfortable at work when doing your job. Knowing your choices can help you to put together a look that will complement your individual taste and body type.

Keep in mind that dressing appropriately at work helps you to perform successfully on the job. Following the dress code respects your employer's policy and speaks volumes to others on your personal work ethic.

A good consignment shop offers quality designer and classic contemporary styles at reasonable prices.

A good consignment shop offers quality designer and classic contemporary styles at reasonable prices.

Julie discusses proper business attire with the group.

Julie discusses proper business attire with the group.

Kristina gives the students a tour of the store while discussing style and price.

Kristina gives the students a tour of the store while discussing style and price.

Fashions fade, style is eternal.

— Yves Saint Laurent

Dressing Business Casual

For those times when you have to dress for an important business meeting, power dressing conveys a person who is authoritative, in control, and experienced. For women, dressing in darker suit and dress colors such as black and navy will portray a person who strong and able to compete in the business world. Men dress in dark suits, long-sleeved shirts, formal trousers, and neckties to portray this image.

When dressing in business casual or "smart" casual, a tailored jacket or longer cardigan will upgrade your look a level. Add a leather briefcase, tote or handbag and you have the essentials for a pulled-together look. However, it should be noted that in general, women wearing a pencil or a-line skirt will give a more professional image to this upgrade.

Pumps, peep-toed shoes, and low heels are preferable to flats or sandals when dressing for work. If a sandal is desired, a dressier or strappy design is acceptable. Gym shoes and sports-type wear should only be worn on "Friday" casual days at work. Flip-flops are beachwear and should never be worn to work.

I encourage my students to avoid bright colors as a solid wear, unless it is used as an accent to an ensemble. Jeans should only be worn on specified casual days and dressed up with a blouse or sweater. Again, a tailored jacket will pull the look together nicely. For the men, I suggest they wear a collared shirt or cotton polo with loafers on casual days. As with the women, if jeans are worn avoid t-shirts and opt for the polo shirt instead.

Accessories should be simple and not dramatic. A business casual look is best complimented by simple jewelry such as a ring and watch. A bracelet can be worn if it is not clunky or too bold in color such as a bright gold, red, or orange. Earrings are always a nice add, but keep them simple and basic as well.

Color Meanings As Applied to Clothing

ColorMeaningComment

Black

Sophisticated, Power, control, Authority

Most preferred by youth/young adutls ages 16 - 25

Blue

Customer Loyalty, Trust, Likeable, Integrity

Universal Favorite

Gray

Neutrality, Reserved, Knowledgable, Wisdom, Security

Can be depressing. Should be worn with complimentary colors.

Brown

Strength, Solidarity, Practical, Dependable, Approachable

Neutral color. Relates to shades of beige and taupe

Source:

Empower Yourself With Color Psychology.com

 

Dressing Business Casual for Men

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 22, 2020:

My workplace does not encourage casual clothing at all. It's suit trousers and blouses. Can be annoying at times.

Robert Sacchi on April 27, 2019:

Thank you. Where I've worked dress didn't seem to matter.

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 27, 2019:

Robert, good question! I imagine in today's work world any color is acceptable as long as it is used as an accent to basic neutrals.

Robert Sacchi on April 24, 2019:

An interesting article. Are there colors, like pink, that people should avoid?

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 19, 2018:

Thank you, LIndacee and Kenneth (and all the other wonderful hubbers) for your support of this article. Today I work from home and can dress as I please, but on occasion, I do venture out for meetings and these tips keep me on target with the work world.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on October 17, 2018:

I haven't been in the work force for a number of years but it seems like the rules for business attire haven't changed much--which is a good thing. Although the younger ones are looking quite a bit different than we did. Some offices are extremely casual and the clothes look like what you'd wear around the house. Hopefully these professional guidelines will help the newbies starting in the workforce.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 03, 2018:

Dianna -- what do you know about this? Seven months ago I checked into this hub and found it very helpful.

Then when we seen each other again on my "Person Wearing a Smile" hub, I was inspired to look at your hubs again and this one caught my attention again. Nicely done.

Please keep up the great work and I scored 41% on your Wardrobe Survey. You can tell that it's been years since I worked for the public.

Please keep me in touch!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2018:

Even if I no longer go to the office, I still enjoyed your article as it reminded me of those days when this was a major concern. I like the classic look myself.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 20, 2017:

Hey, Dianna,

Fantastic work here.

Just wish that when I was in the newspaper business that I had thought to wear a suit and tie--but our owner was a casual man and he didn't mind us wearing jeans and sneakers as long as we got his paper to press.

Thanks for the advice nonetheless.

Write me anytime.

Nancy Owens from USA on October 18, 2017:

After having lost a bunch of weight, I am now trying to put together a working wardrobe that can stand up to a variety of tasks, both indoors and out. Some sort of style that can go from a casual business meeting, to climbing on rocks to snag a good photo for online purposes. I'm thinking jeans, nice top, sturdy shoes and pairing those with a jacket or sweater for indoor work. Now I just have to find the right jeans and get several pair.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 17, 2017:

Deborah, thanks for coming by. I am glad you got something from this article on stepping up your game. Best wishes on your pursuit of a career.

Kawai, wearing black is always a great way to look professional.

Mona, I would love to spend days working from home in my comfortable lounge wear. What a dream!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on October 02, 2017:

I realize that I actually needed to read this article right now, because even when working online, there are times that one must dress professionally. I had gotten so used to working at home in my nightgown that I forgot that the outside world does have expectations when it comes to work. Thank you for this article, it is so timely:).

Kawai from Singapore on March 20, 2017:

Thanks for the tips! Especially the color tips. I like wearing mostly black to work because it is easy to match and looks more professional in my opinion. I will wear simple gold accessories to just brighten up the look.

Deborah Demander Reno from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on February 15, 2017:

Thanks for the great tips. Now that I am self-employed, I am able to wear what I like, however, I when I conduct seminars and public speaking events, I need to step up my game.

Thanks for the ideas.

Namaste

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 22, 2016:

Paul, it is a bit hard to admit our image is affected by the way we dress. I would love it if I could wear jeans and a t-shirt everywhere I went. It is so much more comfortable to work when you are totally relaxed. However, as you wrote, work settings are one place we need to dress for success -- I guess work dress codes help a business keep people focused on what is important.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on October 12, 2016:

Thanks for sharing a very useful and informative article. When I first started working for the federal government, I didn't pay attention to my clothes and the way that I dressed. It really hurt me by giving my colleagues a poor impression of me as a person. This certainly played a big part in my being denied a promotion. I am sharing this hub with HP followers and on Facebook.

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 05, 2016:

Nadine, I like the rainbow nation reference. We could use a variety in dress to accent our unity. I think the trend to a more casual business attire will continue over the next few years here in the US. May your weekend go well for you.

Nadine May on August 05, 2016:

Nice hub. Dress code is very different in different countries and in South Africa you will find that we truly look like a rainbow nation. Nice photos.

teaches12345 on July 08, 2016:

Thank you, Word, for your visit and feedback. Professional dress has changed in the past few years now, but we still strive to reflect a positive image.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 27, 2016:

Hi teaches, this hub was another one of your professional hubs. Thank you for such great presentation. God bless!

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 02, 2015:

Orhan,

George,

Colorful,

Pinto,

Safari,

Charito,

Sujaya,

Thank you for your contribution to the discussion of this article. I value your opinions and thoughts. These days the dress code at work varies, mostly casual. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!

sujaya venkatesh on August 22, 2015:

appearance of course is a primary concern

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on July 24, 2015:

Great hub, Ms. Dianna! Yes, I perfectly agree that the way we dress in an office projects much of who we are. It shouldn't cost that much, especially for us women. With our limited wardrobe, we need only to know how to match separates and wear the right accessories. We can still be fashionable despite a tight budget.

Marlene from FL. on July 11, 2015:

People who dress professional and know how to carry themselves well display more confidence and are taken more seriously by their bosses. This is a very good hub with practical tips& guidelines on how to dress for success. voted up+ useful.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on January 12, 2015:

Nice to know all the finer details to get gelled into the atmosphere perfectly.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 12, 2015:

I did not work in an office or did I have a career where I needed to dress-up for the occasion. That being said, I found this interesting and useful for people who are entering the professional workforce. You give great advice for those who might want to look their best on the job.

georgescifo from India on December 03, 2014:

Thanks a lot for this useful hub and hope to implement it in my real life..

OrhanGokkayaTR on November 16, 2014:

@teaches12345; Congratulations teaches for having this hub being the hub of the day!

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 16, 2014:

Orhan, I am glad you found the article of interest to you. I appreciate your commenting. Hope you are doing well.

OrhanGokkayaTR on November 15, 2014:

This hub is very informative and clear. I didn't know the correlation between color and age. Well written piece.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 29, 2014:

Askformore, good questions to increase sales among targeted customers. How one dresses within their profession impacts overall business attitude. I appreciate your opinion on this topic. Keep safe and well.

askformore lm on October 29, 2014:

In the business world dressing is more important than ever.

Each salesperson ought to reflect over the following questions:

Should I dress as all the other salesmen?

Should I dress as my customers?

Or should I develop my own "dressing style"? (i.e. let my dressing be part of my image, without being seen as a clown)

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 22, 2014:

Sandy, I love dressing casual. It is comfortable. Thanks for your feedback and visit here. Hope your week is a good one.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on September 16, 2014:

Good advice to look professional at work. Right now I am working outside and can be casual.

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 06, 2014:

China, thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your feedback on the content and your support. I trust your day is going well.

Kamal Mohta from Guangzhou on August 05, 2014:

An informative article on dressing in the contemporary business world. It is worthy of being shared on social networks. This is what I am going to do after voting up.

Dianna Mendez (author) on July 23, 2014:

Peg, the students benefit from going to shops like this on field trips. They are so happy to get designer clothing at a bargain price. It gives them a real boost when they interview to look so put together. Thanks for the added value through your comment. Take care.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on July 23, 2014:

Recently I took a friend to one of my special places to shop where they sell brand new designer suits for 75% off the retail price. She said she wished she'd known about that place while she was in the business world. It does take a bit of strategy and skill to look great and you've helped your students learn the way to do it. Again, nicely done.

Dianna Mendez (author) on July 22, 2014:

Monis, I am with you on shopping thrift stores. I just bought an Ann Taylor blouse for $3.00 -- I was overjoyed! Be well and safe. Blessings!

Agnes on July 19, 2014:

I hate spending money on work clothes LOL, so sales and thrift stores definitely help. Great hub!

Dianna Mendez (author) on July 18, 2014:

Sandy, you are my kind of shopping buddy! Take care and be safe out there.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on July 17, 2014:

Sometimes you can find some nice quality business clothing at a consignment shop. I do love shopping on a budget.

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 26, 2014:

Monis, I enjoy finding bargAins at consignment stores. It saves me money. Glad you visited here today.

Peg, it's a wise person who knows how to look professional on a budget. I appreciate your wisdom and good wishes.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 26, 2014:

This is exactly the kind of hands-on information that students need to experience. Taking them to the consignment shop will give them a great starting point for building the right business wardrobe and it teaches them that cost can be managed. Knowing how to put together an outfit can really make the difference in others' perception of us at work.

Well deserved HOTD. Congratulations.

Agnes on June 19, 2014:

Dressing fir work can get costly, Salvation Army and Good Will stores are a great way ti save money and fund some nice things.

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 27, 2014:

Seckin, it just takes a few simple guidelunes to make a successful appearance.

ChitrangadaSharan, dressing to match your profession is always a great presentation.

Many thanks to each of you for the feedback.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 21, 2014:

This is indeed an impressive hub and quite well written!

How one should dress up at workplace is very important and definitely has an impact on the professional image.

Very nice and interesting hub!

Seckin Esen from Ankara, Turkey on April 13, 2014:

Great hub with lots of information. Thank you for informing us about the guidelines on professional dress code.

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 04, 2014:

theBat, I will have to look into the Barong. If it is comfortable, I will have to get one. Thanks for your valuable feedback. Have a great weekend.

theBAT on March 20, 2014:

In a tropical country like ours, "formal wear" as a work attire seems not suited for the weather . Casual office attire is becoming the trend. Have you heard of "Barong"? It is usually worn in lieu of that very formal "coat and tie". Great hub. I enjoyed reading this.

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 18, 2014:

MIss long,

Zainab,

Thank you for visiting and leaving valuable feedback in your comments. Looking your best during interviews is always a must, Miss long. Glad you made this point.

Musu Bangura from Nation's Capital on March 12, 2014:

Great guidelines on professional dress code! I think a lot of people have lost sight of this over the years. This information is very useful.

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on February 19, 2014:

This is a very well organized hub on a great topic. It is crucial to know how to dress for success. I used to wear whatever floated my boat to work. Then, I got a job at a very upscale firm and had to do some serious shopping in order to look very professional. I think it is also crucial to look very, in fact overly, professional for interviews. Great hub! Michele

Dianna Mendez (author) on February 19, 2014:

Sandyspider, it's wonderful being able to work at home and not having to worry about a dress code. I'm sure you are perfectly dressed every day! :) Be well and safe.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on February 18, 2014:

Since most of my work is online at home, I can dress casual.

Dianna Mendez (author) on February 16, 2014:

Bishop, I miss dressing up for work. These days I work from home and the attire is quite casual. It pays to dress professional when you are in public, just takes a little effort. Thanks for your comment and glad it was useful to you. Be well and safe.

Rebecca from USA on February 11, 2014:

I bombed your quiz. But, because of this hub I can improve that. I used to dress up for work, and in the past 5 yrs, I've really let that slack! Useful hub, well done. :)

Dianna Mendez (author) on February 09, 2014:

Ologsinquito, thanks for the comment and support. Yes, I myself, shop at consginment shops before heading to retail stores. It just makes sense to save money where you can.

ologsinquito from USA on February 03, 2014:

This is a great and useful article, especially when people have limited means, but must look their best. I'm pinning this to my work board.

Dianna Mendez (author) on January 15, 2014:

Ubanichijioke, I love your style: decency. It does tell others what you are about and that is important when you are trying to put your best foot forward at work. Blessings.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on January 12, 2014:

Very informative piece. I think the way we dress tells much about our personality and the kind of person we are. Decency in dressing is my style. Good job!

Dianna Mendez (author) on January 02, 2014:

Andy, I love your comment and the bits of trivia you post. I have heard that saying about men's shoes and it may have some clout to it. Yes, today's youth seem to view interviews as a casual experience. It works well with peers, but with others it may have a negative impact. Best to dress your best regardless of age and company of interest. I have been away for the holidays and am sorry it took so long to respond. Thank you for visiting and your support. Happy Near Year!

Andy Aitch from UK & South East Asian Region on December 15, 2013:

Interesting hub teaches12345 .

The technical industry, especially the creative side like web design, and app creation, seem to dress on the scruffy side of casual, as if such an image somehow goes with the business model. When going to work, dressing well (which doesn’t have to be overly formal for all occupations, of course), shows a bit of self-respect in my opinion. And when it comes to job interviews, well, we never get a second chance to make a first impression, and part of that first impression is all about the clothes we wear.

One of the main complaints you hear from UK employers is that young people turn up for job interviews in little more than t-shirts and jeans, thus giving the impression that they're not all that bothered what someone thinks about their attire.

And to finish on, it's always been said in the UK, that a woman can tell a lot about a man by the shoes he wears. Now whether there's anything in that or not, I don't know!

Andy Aitch

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 21, 2013:

Hi Crafty! It is lots of fun to teach this course when you get to go bargain shopping. I think that it really helps the students to acquire skill in budgeting and gain professionalism. I know the feeling of getting a dress for $5.00 - what a rush! Yes, I would agree that consignment shops have greater variety. Thanks for your added value to this topic.

CraftytotheCore on November 20, 2013:

This is a fantastic Hub! I also taught business dress code when I worked in administration at a business college while I was going to college.

I had so much fun helping the students find appropriate attire. Of course, now things have changed. When I say wear a blouse, people look at me like "what's a blouse"! LOL

But, seriously, we have some really great consignment stores here. We live near some very luxurious towns on the coast. A lot of people that are very wealthy donate their items to local charity shops, so we have those to shop at as well. I bought a designer dress for $5 one time with the tags still on it.

We also have goodwill stores, but the selection isn't quite as good as the other local consignment stores.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 06, 2013:

Mark,

Glad you found it interesting. It is a post I have to review myself to keep my best image at work. Take care and be blessed.

Mark from Moundsville,WV on November 05, 2013:

Very informative. I enjoyed reading and learning from the in depth information that you provided in this hub. Have a blessed day

Mark

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 14, 2013:

Hello, Crystal! Today's work world is so different and dress codes are quite varied. I enjoy wearing jeans, but always feel I have to dress it up for the workplace. I too feel best when dressing professional, especially when at meetings. It is just a little more polished and respectful. Great having your visit here. Enjoy your week.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 13, 2013:

In my workplace there is no dress code, and everyone just wears what they want. Over the years we've had folks wear everything from business attire to ripped jeans and hoodies. I admit the casual atmosphere influenced me to be more casual but I feel best when I am wearing something more professional, especially when I have meetings out in the community. Voting up and interesting.

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 22, 2013:

Jainismus, Thank you dear friend. Enjoy your day.

Dr Pastor Carlotta, thank you for your support. Blessings.

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on September 22, 2013:

Very well put together article! Very informational. Voted-Up!

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on September 20, 2013:

Shared....

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 18, 2013:

Vinaya, I was surprised by the award on this one, but very grateful. It was such a fun field tip for the students.

vinayak1000 from Minneapolis on September 18, 2013:

Wow! A Hub of the Day...

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 14, 2013:

DeBorrah,

Mary,

ComfortB,

Kathryn,

Lovedoctor,

Jainismus,

Thank you for all the support and wonderful comments. I am glad this helps others to dress with comfort for success. I still prefer my jeans and Ts, but when it matters I follow suit as the rest in dress. Blessings to each of you.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on August 08, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this great idea, it is useful for everybody.

Shared with followers.

lovedoctor926 on August 08, 2013:

I totally agree with you that dressing professionally allows you to perform more successfully at work. I also believe in dressing to impress. I like the look of the dark suit with the navy blue or white shirt. I've worked for various law firms where our boss doesn't allow us to wear open toe shoes for safety purposes. I usually sport a pantsuit with low heel pumps since you are walking around in my case for the most part. There are many people who simply don't care and dress too casual to work. There was this one lady who always wore flip flops to work on casual Fridays. She was told by her boss and co-workers that she couldn't wear them and still wore them because she felt like it. This is a very good hub. voted up useful,

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on August 08, 2013:

Teaches,

This is a wonderful, informative article! I have struggled trying to figure out what to buy for interviews in the past (most of my jobs have a uniform or casual dress code, so under normal circumstances I haven't had to worry about dressier clothes). This is helpful, and I am bookmarking it for later use. Voted up and sharing!

If you don't mind, I would like to put a link of this to my interview article. I have a section on the "outfit", and this would supplement it very well, since you obviously are more of an expert than I am!

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for sharing it with us.

~ Kathryn

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on August 08, 2013:

teaches12345, I score 60% on the quiz. Not so great. The skirt length and the color suit for men got me. Anyway, I learned something today.

Thanks for a good hub. Voted up and useful.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 08, 2013:

In my former profession as a Med. Tech. we had to wear uniforms, but when I sold insurance, I had to really dress up. Wish I had had some of this good advice back then!

Great Hub. Voted UP and will share.

DeBorrah K Ogans on August 05, 2013:

Teaches12345, Marvelous Hub on the importance of dressing professionally! Interesting, informative and useful! There really is something to the psychology of color. We each are actually a walking canvas! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 04, 2013:

Thank you for your support, Midget. I know I have referred back to this hub myself for ideas on dressing profesionally. Take care.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 04, 2013:

Sharing again, Dianna!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 23, 2013:

That's definitely good to know and I like the strategy!

Dianna Mendez (author) on June 23, 2013:

Darryl, thanks for the support. I enjoyed this trip and helping the students learn what makes a professional work image.

EPbooks, I tend to wear black or navy most of the time, but have lately found adding a splash of contrasting color like teal will add a bit of interest. It says you are professional, yet creative.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 23, 2013:

This is a very useful hub...especially if you are looking for a job or trying to get that big promotion. I've always heard the term, 'Dress the part.' I've learned how true that is. One thing I really need to concentrate on IS color psychology! I always wear black or brown. I am going to bookmark this and keep it handy for the future.

Darrylmdavis from Brussels, Belgium on May 28, 2013:

Excellent hub with many good and practical points for men and women alike. :-)

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 10, 2013:

Thank you, Cris, for your positive reflection, comment and well wishes on the topic. I agree with you on dressing well every day, regardless of work environment. I love shopping at consignment shops to save on budget. Take care!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on April 08, 2013:

This is an awesome hub with lots of useful, practical advices. I used to work in a corporate world and it could be stressful to wake up every day and think of what to wear much more with the color combinations. I always make sure I look decent and respectable in the work environment.

Thank goodness, I've been on my uniform since switching job and hopefully will not have to undergo any interview process again. :) However, with or without uniform I believe it is important to wear our best everyday and that doesn't have to be expensive but smart and decent enough.

Congratulations on this well deserving accolades hub.

Voted up and useful.

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 31, 2013:

Dr Carlotta, thank you for your support and vote. Blessings to you!

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on March 30, 2013:

Very informational Hub! Voted Up!

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 25, 2013:

Suzanne, glad you came by and found the topic interesting. It is important to know how to dress for an interview, and I know I have to remind myself of this whenever the time comes. Be safe and well.

justmesuzanne from Texas on March 24, 2013:

Excellent, practical information for job seekers! Voted up and useful! :)

Dianna Mendez (author) on February 01, 2013:

DDE, thanks for your feedback. I appreciate hearing from other hubbers, it helps to build better writing skills. Enjoy your day, friend.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 01, 2013:

Great ideas for dressing in different codes, I am sure many would fin this Hub as useful as I did.

Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on January 10, 2013:

It does indeed, without that passion for learning life seems so dull!

Dianna Mendez (author) on January 10, 2013:

Jack, glad you enjoy keeping in the learning mode. It keeps us engaged in life. Thanks for your support.

Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on January 09, 2013:

Interesting and informative hub, lord knows I could always use a freshening up of professionalism at my age. Voted up and great hub!

Dianna Mendez (author) on January 08, 2013:

Audrey, depending upon the dress code, dress a step above the normal attire. It will help you project your best image. I'm sure you already do! Thanks for your comment and visit here today. Take care and stay safe.

Audrey Howitt from California on January 08, 2013:

Wow--look at all these comments1 I need to develop a more stylish look for teaching. I tend to look too schleppy I think--this was helpful!