Your ultimate guide corporate dressing

Source: Edward Adu & Daniel Adjei
Date: 4th-march-2018 Time:  11:45:27 pm

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A dress code is a set of standards that companies develop to help provide their employees with guidance about what is appropriate to wear to work. 

Dress codes range from formal to business casual to casual. At most companies, however, the "smart casual" dress code is a step up from "business casual," but not as formal as "boardroom attire." It's neat and professional — but still informal. 

"The key look in this dress code is a chic, put-together ensemble," Price says. Careers that may require business professional dress on a daily basis include finance, accounting and organisations that have a strict dress code policy.

What is considered professional business attire? Business professional is similar to business formal but does not necessarily mean you have to break out your best shoes and suit...Women can wear a skirt or pants suit with heels while men may wear a blazer or suit jacket, button down shirt, suit pants, a tie and dress shoes.

How do you dress professionally?

'Career Network' shared the following with professionals going for an interview. Before you say a single word to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. The guidelines given here are commonly accepted as appropriate for interviewing or any other formal meeting. Every company has a different dress code; how you dress for the job may have very little to do with how you dress for an interview or formal meeting.

Men

Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. In almost all cases, this means wearing a suit. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview or formal meeting, regardless of company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative.

We depict below rules for the button on a jacket. Credit: ©Brightside

corporate dress code

You should wear a suit to interviews. “Suit” means the works: a matching jacket and pants, dress shirt, tie, coordinating socks and dress shoes. A dark-coloured suit with a light-coloured shirt is your best option.

corporate dress code

Your socks and naked legs showing are not professional.

corporate dress code

The rule for wearing a tie is depicted below.

corporate dress code

Your suit should be comfortable and fit you well so that you look and act your best. There is a difference between not yet feeling at ease in a suit and trying to fit into the same suit you wore to your sister’s wedding when you were 15. (In the latter case, it’s time to invest in a new suit!)Avoid loud colours and flashy ties.

corporate dress code

Clothing should be neat, clean, and pressed. If you don’t have an iron, either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry-cleaners often. Shower or bathe the morning of the interview. Wear deodorant. Don’t wear cologne or aftershave. You don’t want to smell overpowering or worse, cause an allergic reaction.

Make sure you have fresh breath. Brush your teeth before you leave for the interview, work or the corporate meeting, and be careful what you eat before the interview.

Your hair should be neat, clean, and conservative.

While it may be appropriate to dress more casually for a second interview, you must still dress professionally. It’s much better to be too dressed up than too casual. A good rule of thumb is to dress like your boss. Shoes should be well-polished and in good condition, not scuffed or run-down at the heels. They should also match your belt.

corporate dress code

You will get a great deal of use out of a good-quality pair of dress shoes in a traditional style. Ask the salesperson at the shoe store for advice. Be sure to shave the morning of the interview, even if you don’t ordinarily shave every day. If you have a full beard or moustache it should be trimmed and neat-looking.This may sound like a lot of rules, but these are the generally accepted guidelines you should follow when deciding what to wear to an interview. Dressing professionally shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the company. You may not have to dress like this every day, but you are more likely to be taken seriously when you present yourself in a professional manner and take the time to attend to details.

Women

Generally, you should wear a suit with a skirt or pants.  When in doubt, be more conservative.

Your suit should be comfortable and fit you well; if your waistband is cutting you in half or your jacket is too tight, you won’t look or act your best. Some stores offer free alterations when you purchase a suit, or you may want to find a tailor to adjust a suit you already own.

Interview or office suits should be simple and dark in colour. Anything tight, bright, short, or sheer should absolutely be avoided. (Interviewers have been known to complain about the length of interviewees’ skirts; if you have any doubts, it’s probably too short.) Knee-length skirts are suggested. Very long skirts, while modest, are also considered too trendy for an interview.

corporate dress code

Wear a conservative blouse with your suit.

corporate dress code

Do not wear bright colours, animal prints, or anything lacy, sheer, or low-cut.

corporate dress code

corporate dress code

corporate dress code

Make-up and nail polish should be understated and flattering; shades that are neutral to your skin tone are generally advisable. Avoid bright or unusual colours or very long nails.

Keep your jewellery and hair accessories to a minimum, and stick to those that are not flashy, distracting, or shiny. One ring per hand is best.

corporate dress code

Shoes should be conservative and fairly low-heeled. They should be in reasonably good condition, not scuffed or run-down at the heels. Don’t wear shoes with an open toe or back; any shoes you would wear on a date or to a club are probably inappropriate. A basic pump is flattering, versatile, and will stay in style forever (once you own pumps, you can spend the rest of your money on fun shoes). The salesperson in the shoe store can steer you in the right direction.

Your hose should be neutral (matched to your skin tone). Make sure the heels are not dyed black from your shoes and that there are no snags or runs. Only use the nail polish trick in an emergency; you may want to carry an extra pair of hose with you instead.

Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying or the work you are doing in your office. In almost all cases, this means wearing a suit. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview, office work or corporate setting regardless of company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative (is this starting to sound familiar?).

corporate dress code

Your clothing should always be neat, clean, and pressed. If you don’t have an iron, either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry-cleaners often.

Shower or bathe the morning of the interview. Wear deodorant. Don’t wear perfume: you don’t want to smell overpowering or worse, cause an allergic reaction.Make sure you have fresh breath. Brush your teeth before you leave for the interview, and be careful what you eat.

Your hair should be neat, clean, and conservatively styled. Banana clips, brightly-coloured scrunchies or elastics, and cheerleader-type ponytails look out of place with a suit. You may want to wear your hair in an updo, pull it back into a low ponytail, or wear a barrette (this suggestion does not include the tiny little barrettes that only hold the front of your bangs back). The idea is to look polished and professional, not to advertise what a creative genius your hairdresser is.

While it may be appropriate to dress more casually for a second interview, you must still dress professionally. It’s much better to be too dressed up than too casual. This may sound like a lot of rules, but these are the generally acceptable guidelines you should follow when deciding what to wear to an interview. Dressing professionally shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the company. You may not have to dress like this everyday, but you are more likely to be taken seriously when you present yourself in a professional manner and take the time to attend to details.We will consider other corporate dressing code in our subsequent articles, until then the power is yours.

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Edward Adu, Zenith Bank Ghana Ltd –  Human Resource Manager &  Daniel Adjei , Managing Partner Spint Consult Ltd |  Spint Consult Limited | dadjei@spintconsult.com |+233-302-915421

 

 

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