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Perfecting Your Professional Image at Work

Updated on May 26, 2016
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.


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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 khaki's? 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.

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

Color
Meaning
Comment
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
 

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      Kawai 5 months ago from Singapore

      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.

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      Deborah Demander 6 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      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

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      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.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 10 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 12 months ago

      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.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago

      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.

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      teaches12345 13 months ago

      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.

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      Word 13 months ago from Chicago

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

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      Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

      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!

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      sujaya venkatesh 24 months ago

      appearance of course is a primary concern

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      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.

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      Marlene 2 years ago from FL.

      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.

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      Subhas 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

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

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

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

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      OrhanGokkayaTR 2 years ago

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

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

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

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      OrhanGokkayaTR 2 years ago

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

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      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.

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      askformore lm 2 years ago

      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)

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

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

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

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

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Kamal Mohta 3 years ago from Guangzhou

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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!

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      Aga 3 years ago

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

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

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

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

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

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      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.

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      Aga 3 years ago

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

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      Seckin Esen 3 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

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

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      theBAT 3 years ago

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      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.

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      Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      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

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

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

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      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. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      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!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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!

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      Andy Aitch 3 years ago from UK & South East Asian Region

      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

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Mark 3 years ago from Moundsville,WV

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

      Mark

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      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.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Jainismus, Thank you dear friend. Enjoy your day.

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

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 3 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

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

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Shared....

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

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

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      vinayak1000 3 years ago from Minneapolis

      Wow! A Hub of the Day...

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

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

      Shared with followers.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      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,

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      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

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      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.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 4 years ago

      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!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

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

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing again, Dianna!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      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.

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

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

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

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

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Very informational Hub! Voted Up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

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

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

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

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

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

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

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

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

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

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      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!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ella, glad you found the article interesting and I value your opinion as you are a designer at heart. Congratulations to your sister for accomplishing so much. Enjoy your day.

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      Amelia Ella 4 years ago from LA, California

      Its such a awesome field .. My personally aim was this that i am top class designer of this world but said... Now my elder sister has its own botique i go there in my free time and fell happy to see it... Thank friends its really post for me... Voted up...

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Tonipet, I would echo your thoughts on keeping accessories simple when in a business environment. You want people to see you -- not your bling. I am glad your sister could use this advice and I'm sure she is a top dresser! Thanks for your add to this hub and for sharing it with others. Be strong, well and blessed.

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      This is very informative. Perfect timing. My younger sis just joined an executive level job human resource dept and she's been calling me three times a day what to wear, which color and how to enhance her looks. I just sent your link to her, she would be calling, promise LOL. "Accessories should be simple," I agree with this very much as simplicity is key to elegance. Thank you for this teaches, I'm learning too...voting up and sharing. Great article! HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Leah, I was not a polished dress back then either. Still have check myself before I go out of the home!

      RMcleve, I am a shorts and t's person and I too have to read this before a meeting. :)

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      Rachael Cleveland 4 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      FANTASTIC hub, teaches! As a frumpy freelancer, I spend so much time out of professional clothes that I don't know what to do when I have to put on real, business-like attire. I love that you actually went to visit with a professional, and the color recommendations are freaking cool! Love it!

      I'll be back to read more when I have to dress like a grown-up again. :)

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      Leah Lefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      This is a great hub, teaches! I wish I had this information as a very young college graduate. I scored 100% on your quiz, so I must have learned something from my early days!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Hyphenbird,

      How exciting for you on your invitation to speak! I am sure you will do fine no matter what you wear. Good to know the hub is helping others. Enjoy your day. Blessings.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Hello. I came by to read this Hub, not because I have a job but because I have been asked to speak at an upcoming conference. I thought the advice herein will benefit me and indeed I learned a lot. Thanks for the info. The conference is in March so I have plenty of time. I shall utilize your tips on how to present a professional appearance.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Treasuresofheaven, glad you found video interesting, the gentleman does decribe casual dress well. Thanks for you add to the topic.

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      Sima Ballinger 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great presentation! I enjoyed this hub. The gentleman in the video did a superbe job teaching us how to dress business casual - even though he is male - the females can take notes from him.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Steph, these days you have to present your best image indeed. Glad you came by here, always value your comments. Have a great week.