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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.


Business Casual Attire Quiz


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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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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Hubtacular, Dianna! I loved it. I could have used this when I was working in corporate America! :) VUMS all around.

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      Time2Spare 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      This is a really informative hub.. Loved reading it.. Will sure help out in today's work life....

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      TToombs08, thanks! I could have used this also, had to learn the hard way what really worked. Enjoy your day.

      Time2Spare, appreciate your visit and comment on the hub. I am glad you enjoyed the read. Take care out there today.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      This is a great idea, taking students out on a tour to a consignment shop. The students would have enjoyed and learned a lot. Fantastic hub, useful and informative. Voted up.

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      DFiduccia 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hi teaches,

      I agree with Vellur—this was a great idea. It’s a shame how the trend today seems to be dressing down, which I think is a result of the way entertainers in the music industry dress on stage and at performances. Good hub.

      …voted up—DF

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Nice spin you take your students on teaches - very creative.

      The Frog

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, I deliberately scrolled down to the quiz first to see without any tips how I would get on! lol! dear oh dear, 40 percent! so as you can see this was great reading for me as I am absolutely useless at what to wear, how to wear it and even jewelry etc, really interesting thank you, nell

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, teaches. Excellent suggestions here. I think it was the Duchess of Windsor who once said (back in the Pleistocene Era), women can never be too thin, too conservative or too rich. That applies to dressing for business as well.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Hi teaches.

      I am very happy you included the colour code here.

      From my experience I think that is the first thing that registers with the subconcious.

      Lots of great information.

      Great article.

      God bless you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is a very good hub with great suggestion. The way we dress speaks volumes in a work environment and it is good thing for students to learn also. Very interesting and useful hub.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      great read and informative hub, teaches12345.

      dressing sure can bring about a lot of attention and how we dress can speak a lot about our personality esp at work.

      many votes and useful button.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It was a good add to the class course: fun yet very effective in learning. Thanks for your vote, Vellur and visit here.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I can agree with the more casual attire at work since it does help to promote a better work attitude, but it should still have a dress code policy to keep people focused.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I do attempt to keep things a little more challenging for them. It was fun shopping afterwards too!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think that I would probably score the same, Nell. I am not that fashion minded and need lots of guidance. Take care my dear.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Yes, I tend to agree that women should take advantage of being able to dress in style. Unfortunately, the style is not universal for everyone. Thanks for your support, Drbj. Have a good one!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It is true, Teacherjoe. I think color is what most stands out in considering what to wear. You have to be able to know what looks good on you, in spite of style. Be blessed in your journey dear friend..

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Pamela, you hate to think that people judge you on your looks, but it is what first hits them when they see you. It does give some indication of your character. Thanks for your contribution here. You be careful out there!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You are right on, Ruchira. Dressing for work requires that you know how best to represent yourself so that people respect you. Appreciate the votes of support. Be well and strong.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Such a great

      Eason to teach your young students. When I taught, my students all thought it cost to dress nice. Many of these kids shopped at Abercrombie and Hollister and only knew designer labels. So I agree that this lesson definitely was a good one to teach how to dress professionally at a reasonable price, plus the math teacher in me loves that you are teaching the value of a dollar. Thoroughly enjoyed and of course voted up and shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      It just amazes me how the attire has changed over the years. I can still remember the teachers I had in school that "dressed up", and how nice I thought they looked. Now, our teachers get a little too casual, I think. The office workers now don't really dress as nice as they used to. I think in general, workers are becoming too casual in their dress.

      Great informative Hub. I voted it UP, and will share.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 4 years ago from NYC BABY

      Great hub and just in time because I have an interview tomorrow! My current job requires we dress professionally, but its such a small organization that no one really cares. I'll see about this next job tomorrow, if I get it , it's a big company so I think they will probably be more strict.

      Dress for success! Voted up and more :) !!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Voted up awesome and useful!

      A black or navy blue pantsuit with a white or pink blouse underneath, hair pulled back and simple jewelry is a great way to look presentable and professional.

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      iefox5 4 years ago

      Useful tutorial, it would be great if you may write an article for man.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine, I never thought about the math aspect of this. This means I will have to make another trip here! :) Thanks for your support.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mary, we live in a different world. I still believe in looking your best at work. The casual jeans look is fine as long as it doesn't influence with productivity.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      EuroNinila, I hope you get the job! Glad this hub was useful to you. I still like to dresss up, but there's so few places now that require this.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lovedoctor926, I do like a splash of color to a dark suit. It makes a good statement: you are professional but have style!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Iefox5. I will have to do that! I think some men still prefer to wear suits and ties because they don't know how to dress casual. Thanks for your contribution and support friend!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Good info and enjoyable read. with the masons and at that big oil company I mixed Martin with the norms. Just uncomfortable enough to put me in charge.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You handled it well! Here's a toast to you, Mhatter!!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The field trip to the consignment store was a great idea and must have been very useful for your students, teaches. Thank you for the suggestions for how to dress professionally.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      I think the idea of shopping consignment is wonderful. You get next to new, quality clothing at a fraction of the price! I'm a proponent of professional dress at work -- it not only projects a confident, pulled-together image, it also makes you feel better about yourself. I once had a job that allowed us to dress down all the time and I think it negatively affects one's self-image and confidence.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Great information - thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alicia, the field trip was way too much fun, but so worth it when they learned how to dress for work.

      I agree that the casual dress, if not given guidelines, can be abused. Too casual tends to affect work attitude. Great add to the content, Lindacee.

      Acaetnna, you are welcome! Take care.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for telling me about the business casual mode, which has always been a mystery to me. When I hear that, I tend to either overdress or underdress. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alocsin, I really don't know how much business casual is a set standard in business. I think most men resort to the khaki and polo,it's the safest. I wish it was acceptable to wear jeans and t's since that's my work ensemble at home. Thanks for the vote and support.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an important topic. You need to look professional, while not busting the budget in the process! Working from home now I don't have this issue, but if I become a bestselling novelist one day... Hehe :) I vote up, interesting, and useful. I am sharing as well. Great work.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great topic. Very important. You give useful info! When I was in the "corporate" world, I bought a lot of my clothes at resale shops or at yard sales--stuff that was in great shape but inexpensive. Great work on this hub.

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      Wonderful topic that should probably be incorporated into high school curriculums (but never will be!) Voted well and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This was really useful. When I worked I was always amazed a what some people considered appropriate attire.

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      sofs 4 years ago

      Useful hub. I wish people have some dress sense when they come for interviews, there are times when a persons dress goes against him. I had this smart intelligent young man come for an interview in jeans and shirt, which looked like he had slept in them... plus there was no belt to hold up his low waist jeans and I had to just decide he would never fit in... He would have indeed made a great addition to our team, but his laid back attitude conveyed through his dressing made me go for the less smart but a better fit. I never regretted the decision. Voting this up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      You know, I work at home now, and I literally went to Goodwill yesterday to find some clothing to wear that will make me feel powerful, even sitting at my computer. You never know when you'll need to run out AND I love how professional I feel. I didn't know the meanings of the colors - that's really helpful. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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      KatrineDM 4 years ago

      Great and useful hub, so much wonderful advice here for so many people, including myself. I believe a great simple classic look can help a lot at work and help achieve that professionalism. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You will look great in that stunning designer suit when you accept your award for Novel of The Year! Have fun writing, Christy!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Victoria, you can find some bargains in designer clothing at a good consignment shop. It's always a fun trip for me.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Jellygator, This would make for a great high school program, perhaps one day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glimmer, I have seen some really interesting attire. When people hear casual they assume they can wear those raggy pants, t-shirt ads and whatever else they can decorate their bodies with!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It's true that this type of dress for an interview conveys a whole lot in just seconds. You can't just walk in and expect people to take you serious. Thanks, Sofs, for this add to the topic.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I shop at the great Goodwill boutique here. It caters to the working sector and only has designer clothing and the prices are really reasonable. I agree that even just at home, sometimes you have to dress a little to motivate yourself.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Katrine, A classic look is always a good choice. That little black dress can be accessorized to dress up or down for any event.

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      kygirl89 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Lots of people in the workforce today seem to have forgotten what is appropriate to wear to work. A person needs to look professional. Thank you for sharing this Hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Kygirl, I don't mind if people want to dress casual to feel comfortable at work, but they should dress with some respect for themselves and others. Thanks for your support here! Take care.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good hub with respect to how a person should dress in a work environment. It is amazing to me to see how things have deteriorated over the last many years. How in the world people (outside of rock bands) hope to succeed with slovenly dress is beyond me. It often extends to their manners towards others also. People are still judged on appearance, and if seeking a job or wishing to advance within an organization...they should pay heed to articles like this one. Voted up and interesting.

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      MarieAlice 4 years ago from Peru

      Is really important to dress properly when going to work, especially if you do not have a uniform (like I do) and as mentioned is also important to have the right cloth even on a casual day (we used to have casual fridays) . We have to learn to dress even when we go to church, to an appointment, to school ... Thanks for sharing this hub!!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peggy, we hate to think that people judge us by our appearance, but it is true. Especially at work, we should strive to present ourselves in well-groomed, professional image. I agree, it's a reflection of your character. Thanks for your contribution to the topic.

      MarieAlice, we do have to learn to dress even when we go to church, school, the grocery, etc. It's not only your image, but your self-respect that you display. Great add to the content.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Specatular and interesting to read. In my place, people see you by the way you dress.

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and interesting!

      It is a nice piece of work. Dress speaks volume and so we must keep it in mind while dressing up for the different purposes. Loved your work and sharing it.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for this useful hub. As of now I am just staying at home enjoying my life as a housewife and sometimes I miss dressing up and going to work. I will share this to my sisters. Thanks again teaches12345.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      When you are new at a job, you just don't want to be an eyesore. Great hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Unknown, that's true in most places . People should take note of it! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Yes, Shampa, sometimes your way of dressing shouts out who you are to others. Hopefully, it's in a good way. Thanks for stopping in here. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, even though I work at home part-time, I still try to dress casual when I go out and about. It gets me out of the humdrum of shorts and T's. I imagine you do the same. Have a great day, dear friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Formosangirl, being new on the job is the most important time to dress your best. Great insight. Take care and be well.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      This is great information - I am starting a project with another part of the company, and I am getting the distinct impression that their definition of business casual might several steps above the department I work for now.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Millionaire, congratulations on your project award. This is your chance to get some new clothing and add to your great looks! Thanks for your visit here. Be well and strong, dear friend.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, great article and informational hub. This is very benefical. It is very important to dress well. Our atire can influence our mood. If you look good, you feel good. You always want to look professional at work, especially in business related fields. Voting this up, useful, and awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lyricwirter, I think you summed this up very well -- look good, feel good, work good! Thanks for your votes and support of the topic. Be safe out there!

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      shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

      this was a really useful hub, i loved reading

      indeed dressing sense plays a vital role in portraying our image, you have emphasized on it beautifully

      absolutely worth being Hub Of TheDay, happy for you

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I enjoy wearing shorts and t-shirts to my job, but I know that many people will benefit from this informative article! Congrats on your HOTD!:)

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      Marco 4 years ago

      Thanks you for the nice suggestions. http://www.micoequipment.com.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Congrats on your hub of the day. This info will be very useful to many people, and very well presented. I read it even though I'm pushed for time and never need to dress up for work - so you can definitely captivate. The computer and cats don't mind if I wear pyjamas even! Still, maybe I can join Christy in a designer suit to accept joint first for novel of the year!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Just wanted to stop by this morning and congratulate you on the HOTD Dianna. I already was here and commented awhile back, but still a great article and so very informative on the topic of dressing professionally at work!!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Thank you Thank you fo rgetting this info out there to those who need it. I have never had a problem dressing properly but I hav eseen many people that do. I work with some now! FLIP FLOPS ARE NEVER OK! Great of you to point that out.

      This hub reminds me of some adive I heard once: "Dress for the job you want not the job you have". Meaning, if you are the secretary or a lower level position, dress prefessionally and you will be taken more seriously and might just get that promotion.

      I also find that the way I am dresed influences the way I act. If I am dressed too casual, I will act that way.

      Voting up and lots more.

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      Barbara Bethard 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Wonderfully written and so important! Congratulations on Hub of the Day,this is a great article!

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      Donna Kristine 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a great Hub. All individuals interviewing need to read this, as well as high schoolers and college age kids. I've seen people come in to an interview and wondered if they looked in the mirror before they left the house. I took the quiz and got 80%. Congrats on the Hub of the Day.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Excellent advice and strategies! It's really difficult at times to pull together a career wardrobe - this is terrific information. Congrats on the HOTD! Well deserved!

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      Sarah Johnson 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      This was a really great topic, teaches12345! What age are your students? This is such valuable information - you have really helped your students and the many others who will read your article. I am no longer working in an office, but I often see people dressed inappropriately for work - even teachers! Way to go for Hub of the Day!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Congrats on Hub of the Day. Good topic to write about. It can be confusing when considering what to wear, especially if you work from home. Going to a meeting outside the home, as I did yesterday, presents a challenge as you consider the environment you are going to. I chose a power suit since I was meeting with the CEO of two different large companies. If I was meeting with a small business owner, I would have dressed differently. When I'm at home all day, I usually wear a comfortable pair of shorts in summer or pants in winter, but with a polo shirt to take it up a notch higher than a sloppy, over sized t-shirt. There are so many options for dress these days, you really have to be aware of what's appropriate. Good information you provided. Thanks.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Congratulations on you Hub of the Day!

      Lots of wonderful tips and suggestions in this hub. Our school district is tightening up the rules on the dress code for teachers. More professional and less casual. Finding pretty and fashionable shoes that are comfortable has always been my challenge.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Many, many sincere "thank yous" to each hubber supporting the Hub of the Day award. I am humbled by all of your wonderful comments and encouragement. I appreciate your taking the time to stop in to visit here and to leave a comment. It is because of you that my writing skills continue to build professionally. Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks Shalini, I appreciate your opinion.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Linda, you are a great support and encourager for me. I so appreciate your comments and input here. Have a blessed day, dear friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for your visit here, Marco. It is much appreciated. Be well and strong.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Melovy, Thank you. I will be there to see you accept your award in my best casual attire!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine, thank you for coming by here again. I appreciate your warm wishes of support. You are a dear friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dana, Thank you for stopping by for a look-see on this topic. I appreciate your support of the hub. I agree, I absolutely cringe when I hear those flip-flops coming down the hall! Save them for the beach or home. Dressing well does influence you attitude, even at home. Do they have designer pj's? He, he, he.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      RNMSN, thanks for your support of the topic and for your warm wishes. I appreciate your taking time to come in here. Be strong and well!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Kristine, thank you. Yes, that last minute mirror check "saves face" at work.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      March, I appreciate your opinion and support of the hub. Thanks for the warm wishes and encouragement.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      ChaplinSpeaks, Hello & Thank you, I appreciate your visit and support. The students are between 18 and 40 (on average), some older. They did get a lot out of the course and this visit.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Cyndi10, Hello and Thank you very much. Good for you in taking on the upbeat attitude at home too. I find it does make a difference in my approach to working at home. Glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Miss Olive, Thank you for your warm support and well wishes. I so value your opinion and comments. I also find it hard to find just the right shoe, especially if they call for closed toe. I am sure you always make a fashionable statement regardless!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Great idea teaches! I'm all for hands-on learning opportunities for students. I'm sure you're a very empathic teacher just as you are an empathic person. Congrats on this well deserved HOTD!!!!! Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Kelley, thank you for your visit and sweet comments. I have a passion for teaching and the students have a positive attitude in learning, which makes it all so much more rewarding. Be blessed in your journey today, dear friend.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Congratulations on being Hub of the Day. This hub totally deserves it. I did not do so well on my dress code quiz, but it is great to learn the do's and don'ts for what to where at work. I appreciate the information.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I've read this before and it's great. Congrats on HOTD!

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      Reginald Boswell 4 years ago from Alabama

      Teaches12345: Nice article, Congratulations for being selected as Hub of the day Author. Voted up and sharing this one.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Congratulations on hub of the day! I found this hub very helpful.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I read this when you first published it, but I just wanted to say Congrats on HOTD. It's an honor well desered. Mary

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      Craig Hartranft 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      A trip to the recycled clothing store was a great idea. But I was wondering if the book Dressed for Success is still used these days. It was my textbook entering the work force in 1980.

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      And this is how vanity flourishes in our societies ...

      "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." - This for me, means: strive to be a sheep. No, thank You.

      If I am going to be judged on what I wear ... Haha ... I will not even continue the conversation. I can just simply walk away, all good with me. Ever heard of that saying about: "looks can be deceiving"?

      All the best!

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      Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

      Nice work putting it together ! Congrats on HOTD!

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Congrats on the HOTD! Very well deserved. Nicely written article! Great advice too!

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      Catherine Dean 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Congrats on the HOTD! This is a subject close to my heart. My mom taught me young that dressing well does not have to cost a fortune. You must shop the sales in different stores. You don't ever have to pay full price to look great. I've done it all my life. I went for a job interview recently and the woman conducting the interview commented over and over again how well dressed I was. She have no idea that my entire outfit, shoes, pants, blouse and necklace cost me around $28 dollars. It can be done.

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      Hui (蕙) 4 years ago

      Appearing is always important in human life, sometimes it could be a critical element for the success of a conversation and even a business. Wearings is not necessarily attractive enough but smart enough, i.e. match with the around atmosphere giving comfort to people in front of you.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Congratulations on HOTD.

      What a great idea for a field trip. Often I think the youth of today are lost and without direction on what to wear to present themselves well. They know how to dress casually and how to dress for a night out with their friends. Ask them what they would wear to a business interview and they come unstuck.

      Wonderful idea for a hub, and class discussion.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I had noticed this lovely little hub before, and now I see it's featured as Hub of the Day. Nice work, congratulations.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I am thinking of going back into the work force on a part time basis after being home with the kids so found this useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Carly. Hopefully we will all become the best dressed in our place of business after this. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for the return visit, Victoria. I so appreciate your doing this and thanks for the warm wishes.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, Reginald. You are kind to stop in here.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, lovedoctor. I appreciate your visit and support.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Mary. Thanks for the wishes and your encouragement. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Craig, the book probably has some merit it, but may be outdated in respect to the formal office attire. Good thought on that one. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for your visit. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Riverfish, I appreciate your support and warm wishes. Be safe out there.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Keely, what a nice compliment and I am very thankful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mvillecat, thank you for the congrats on the HOTD. You have validated the topic with your story. It's true, you can dress well on a budget. I enjoy the bargains that I pick up at these stores and no one would ever guess they weren't from a high-end store.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You are so right, Hui. Our appearance does tell much about our work values. It also pays respect to the employer. Thanks for your contribution to this hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Blond Logic, I appreciate your support of the topic. It is amazing at how many people do not know how to dress for an interview. It does make a difference. You have only 10 seconds at the most to make an impression after you walk through the door, you have to get it right.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sherry, I appreciate your comment and support. Thanks for your compliment.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Healthylife, glad this was of some help to you. Enjoy your new career pursuit.

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      Congrats on HOTD!

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      Yes, congrats are in order! :)

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      ssiddhanta 4 years ago

      Great writer... Great hub ! :)

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      jack 4 years ago

      Actually my work at work contributes to success

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I dress nice and wear skirts and dresses every day, but I have no qualms about wearing tennis shoes. You know the business casual setting is changing a bit in that women look good and are free to wear a flat shoes or walking shoes, and men certainly do. Pedestrians such as myself are on our feet all day, and even at work we are always getting up and down, so heels are out for us.

      Men are not told they need to wear pumps or shoes with a heel, and even in business casual settings people never say anything about a man wearing khaki pants with walking shoes. Foot comfort is very important and the we need to have equal expectations between men and women. Women can look very put together with flat shoes, and a dark walking shoe even looks good with skirts. I get compliments all the time because I pull my looks together with stellar necklaces I make myself.

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      sofs 4 years ago

      Congrats on your HOTD :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Sofs! It was a nice surprise and good to know that I am doing something right.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Roxanne. It is so nice to have your support. Have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jelly, thank you very much!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ssiddhanta, I appreciate and value your opinion here. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Absolutely, Jack! Thanks for your visit here.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You are so right, sweetiepie. I also wear flats and walking shoes, they are so comfortable. Nothing wrong with the more casual dress for men and women if they choose this style. Thanks for your visit here.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am so proud of you for getting the HOTD with this wonderful hub. You are so encouraging to other writers and I wish you only the best xx

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Christy, thank you! I have enjoyed being a part of the community, but I think I have learned more from others, like you. Have a great weekend, dear friend.

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      Doodlehead 4 years ago

      I wasn't sure I knew the rules for busness dress, and then I scored 100%....just made me have a little more confidence in my excessive navy blue skirt and white blouse wardrobe.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      Another lost art comes to life! Thanks for the useful perspectives.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Doodlehead, congrats on the 100%! Glad you enjoyed the hub and that you are a sharp dresser with savvy business sense! Appreciate your visit here and you take care.

      Aexbush, I guess it is sort of a lot art isn't it? Well, hopefully we will see some renewed interest. Thanks for stopping by and you have a great day, friend.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Could you get this hub into the high school curriculum and then maybe college too? It isn't that difficult to dress nicely for work but when you look at the way some people show up it makes you wonder.

      You did a fabulous job of teaching both your students and readers!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Tillsontitan, thanks for the compliments on the topic and the votes. I do agree that some people could use a little help in knowing how to dresss for work. The lack of interest affects their work attitude at some point in the career pursuit.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Awesome Dianna, this hub needs to be subject matter for all aspiring professionals. The detail and depth here is logical and revelatory. I prefer blacks, greys and blue suits for work . Pastel shirts and black shoes. Sometimes I wear a tie but often opt for a casual open neck look that I think relaxes patients. In my management role I feel wearing smartly tailored and fitted suits conveys the right message... Thanks for confirming my instinctive feel for this. Much appreciated. You are so intuitive and erudite.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I can't think of anyone who would be a better dressed man for success than you! You do know what it takes to look professional, and as you stated, your role very much plays into the way you should dress. Thanks for your validation here and your support. Take care, dear friend.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Teaches, what a great hub! I have found myself sometimes wondering if I am dressing up enough or not. Your hub gave excellent, practical advice. Very well-done and congratulations on "hub of the day." Well deserved!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Wonderful hub! Congrats for well deserved HOTD!

      Cheers

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Though you are talking about work, this applies to people with their own at-home businesses who interact with clients. You provide great tips for how we should dress when meeting with clients and being about in the community. I am applying a few of these tips to my appearance for my Toastmasters meetings, as I have become a bit lazy lately in how I have been dressing. :( Thank you for sharing these tips!

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      I am really glad you dealt with this topic in particular. Honestly I see everyday at the office how people get completely carried away with the term business casual. With the lack of a women dress code, I see ladies walk into the office with anything they got their hands onto without so much as realising what the big picture is.

      Well done.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Prairieprincess, thank you. Being at home these days it is hard to get good feedback, but I still try to dress casual on days when I need a boost.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Vinaya. I do value your comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am glad that you found some helpful information in the hub, EyesStraightAhead. I am sure that you will present well at your next Toastmaster's speaking event.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      QudsiaP1, I agree that the lack of a dress code allows people to forget what it means to respect yourself and the company image. I am glad this hub provided you some interesting information. Take care.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very important as dress is the most important tool at work place, which gives you a feel and a purpose that you are at work, being a professional i can completely understand your hub, useful hub, thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for your support on the topic, Girishpuri. I always am refreshed about a hub's value after reading your comments.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Teaches, this is very useful. Business environment + business attire = business image! Even on a casual workplace, I find it still to be coming to work carrying that 'professional' image by maintaining the respectable fashion to work with you. And having to be neat and stylish will still gain respect equal to your character of the person you are and that includes being graceful too. I easily attract jealous co-employees because of how I look fashionable but that is just me and I carry on with professionalism in fashion really well. This time, I can't wait to land a good job. I miss it. Your hub is very useful! And CONGRATULATIONS too!!! Love you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, coffeeinmyrice. I tend to work with a better attitude when I am dressed appropriately. Glad to hear others think the same. Glad to have you here and thank you for the support. Blessings, prayers and love back at you.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      This is great advice. I went from dressing formally most every day when I worked at a large law firm to business casual at my corporate legal job to barely making it out of my pajamas some days now that I work from home. Now I appreciate getting dressed up on the days I have meetings, but am saving a lot of money not having to buy as many dress clothes!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Deborah, I enjoy those special things now too, Deborah. Being in my pj's all day is such a nice option, but dressing up occasionally is motivating. Thanks for your stop here. I appreciate your add to the hub.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi teaches,

      Great hub laid out very well and the tips here are very useful. Hearty congratulations on the HOTD. I am very happy for you. Keep writing more of such wonderful hubs. Cheers, Rema.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Remaniki, thank you for the compliments!

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      Magdelene 4 years ago from Okotoks

      Excellent, and a fantastic way to show the youth some alternatives when shopping for clothes, teaching money sense and fashion at the same time.

      As far as work goes, I'm certainly on the conservative side when dressing for the office. Thumbs up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Magdelene, am more on the conservative side as well when I dress for the office. I believe feeling dressing appropriately matters, but being comfortable probably makes you perform well. Thanks for the feedback on this topic. Be well and strong.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant teaches and here's to so many more by you.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Eddy, thanks for your visit and support. Have a great weekend!

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Great hub as usual. I have taught at the college level for more than thirty years. In my experience, what I wear has never bothered the students. What I delivered in the classroom was more important. I have seen teachers smartly dressed and yet, had failed miserably. This is not to say that one should dress in a shabby manner. What I am coming to say is that knowledge and skills are more important.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am happy to have you visit here today, Vnsatakopan. I agree knowledge and skills are most important, it is what is required for a quality education. I would also add that dressing appropriately does command respect for the position. Thanks for your reflection of the topic. Always glad to have you stop by. Enjoy your day.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I hope that trip did influence those students a lifetime, and I am sure it will some. So much money goes into clothing and used shops is one of the best greens we have if we can look at it that way. I love your cardigan and jacket ideas to spice up an outfit!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love cardigans and jackets as they really do add a good touch to any outfit. Dressing in layers is always a win too, you never know what temperatures offices are and being prepared can't hurt. Thanks for your visit here, Jackie. Take care.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      teaches.. It has been a while since I have been in the work place. I use to hire and fire people and teach them to dress. but things have changed .. I like the dress code now better than the day I was ion the work force.. great hub my friend

      oh i like how you took them to consignment shops.. you can find the best clothes there..

      blessings and sharing

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Deborah, I am enjoying the more casual approach to work wear also. I love consignment shops and go there before heading to the mall. Thanks for your stop in here, sharing, and for leaving such a positive add to the content. Blessings, friend.

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      cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

      Nice hub, great ideas. Thank you for sharing these helpful guides in power dressing. Blessings to you always. Best regards.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Cristina, for your support of the hub topic. I enjoyed the trip to the consignment shop and was inspired. Blessings.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Ooops... I scored 60% on the Quiz.

      I enjoyed reading this and it's an important Hub. People tend to judge others, by the way they look on the outside. I make an effort to look professional but on Fridays, I mostly dress down in Jeans - usually with a tailored Jacket - so half smart/half casual. I love the advice you give to students.... they will always remember it.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lady E, I would really love to wear jeans and a cardigan or jacket every day for work. I would be in my comfort zone. Thanks for visiting the hub and for leaving a comment. I appreciate it much. Take care and be well.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 4 years ago

      Teaches12345, Great informative hub! Wonderful suggestions and guidelines. I think its important to dress professionally in line with your particular profession and in a manner that reflects your personal style! This speaks volumes! Voted Up!!!

      As always its been a pleasure! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Congrats on your hub award! This is truly an excellent hub. Helpful, well written, and beautifully formatted. Great job, Voted up!

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      What a great hub, teaches12345 ... and what a great idea to take your students to a consignment shop for a real-world lesson. A professional image doesn't have to cost a fortune.

      When I worked in the 9-to-5 world, I found stylish clothes at Goodwill, the Second Chance Emporium and other local shops. Although I now work at home, I seem to accomplish more when I dress like a professional.

      Thanks for a great article, and congratulations on your "Hub of the Day" award.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you Skarlet. I really enjoyed the whole experience in writing this hub post.

      Annette, Thank you. I tend to dress relaxed at home, but do dress business casual when venturing out of the home -- it keeps everything in perspective for me. Great having your stop in here for a visit.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      I like the fact that you include individual style and show how it is possible to be individual and appropriately dressed. Thanks. Well written

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lizam, good point: individual style but appropriate. Thanks!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What a great hub this is! I wished I'd had something like this when I first became a manager many years ago - it would have helped a lot!! What I really enjoyed though was the fact of dress being an individual thing as well as fitting in with the workplace ethic. To dress well and comfortably, but also to have something that says 'this is me' does give your confidence a great boost! It's also great to see that there are businesses who will help us to dress well but as you rightly say 'at affordable prices'. I'm sure your students will thank you for many years to come for this excellent guidance.

      Excellent hub + shared + voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Seeker7,

      Thank you for you valuable add to the hub! I am so glad you came by today and wish you a great weekend. I really enjoyed his field trip for the lessons learned.

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      LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Hi Teaches, I wish I had this years ago. I am sending to my nieces who are in college now and will need it in a couple of years. Thanks for the hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      LA, thanks for your support. You and I both would have benefited from this knowledge!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Not sure how I missed this one, but better late than never. Absolutely spot on advice for dressing professionally at work. These days, one should not err on the side of casual. As you note, take a look around at what your successful colleagues are wearing and be sure to review requirements (if any) in an employment manual. Rated up across the board!

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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.

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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

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

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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

      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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      leahlefler 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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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

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

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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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      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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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

      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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      Darrylmdavis 3 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

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

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 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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      Dianna Mendez 3 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 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing again, Dianna!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 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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      DeBorrah K Ogans 3 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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      Mary Hyatt 3 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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      Comfort Babatola 3 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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      Kathryn 3 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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      lovedoctor926 3 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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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

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

      Shared with followers.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 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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      vinayak1000 3 years ago from Minneapolis

      Wow! A Hub of the Day...

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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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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Shared....

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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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      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      Aga 2 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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      Peg Cole 2 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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      Dianna Mendez 2 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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      Sandy Mertens 2 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 2 years ago

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

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      Aga 2 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 2 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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      Peg Cole 2 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 2 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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      Kamal Mohta 2 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 2 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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      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 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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      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

      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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      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

      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

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

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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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      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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      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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      Safari Chic 21 months 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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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 21 months 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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      sujaya venkatesh 20 months ago

      appearance of course is a primary concern

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      Dianna Mendez 20 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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      Word 10 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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      teaches12345 9 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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      Nadine May 8 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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      Dianna Mendez 8 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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      Paul Richard Kuehn 6 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 6 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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      Deborah Demander 2 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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      Kawai 5 weeks 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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