Alright, you have crossed over from college to office and are ready to enter the corporate world. However, the college style you carried so far will not make the cut in a professional working environment. While a professional is judged by other qualities like demeanor, reliability, competence, ethics, etiquettes, accountability, correspondence and organizational skills, appearance also makes a mark in distinguishing his/her central character as a true professional. So here are some style tips you can follow to dress like a true professional before stepping into your office.
- Start with Proper Hygiene
In a professional environment, you will be expected to follow a dignified style. So make it a point to get up early, brush your teeth and shower every day before heading to office. Trim unwanted body hair to avoid sweat stains, and make it a point to trim facial hair regularly as well. Not only will this make you look better, but it will make you feel better about yourself as well.
- Buy Quality Fabrics
This is the time when you need to start investing in quality fabrics rather than simply buying your clothes from a seasonal sale at discounted prices. Choose clothes that contain 100% fabric as they are sturdier and will look better as well.
- But Only What Fits
Don’t get bowled over by that jacket that looks absolutely great but is one size smaller. You will regret it for sure. Office is where you need to wear clothes that fit to size rather than hang around loosely on your body or make you look like a stuffed turkey. So resist the urge to buy something only because it looks nice but will not fit you. This will leave you with fewer items that make you look good rather than the other way around.
- Learn to Tie the Tie
You are going to have to wear a tie to work more than once. So learn to tie one properly. The length of the tie plays a huge role in making or breaking your look. A tie that is too short (stops at the chest) or too long (reaches below the waistband) will only make you look tacky. The same goes for a bow tie as well. So take the time to visit an online tutorial to practice wearing a tie. So if you end up with an awkward looking tie, consider retying it again. You won’t regret it for sure.
- Dry Clean your Clothes
You may find it easier to simply load the clothes into a washing machine rather than taking them to a dry cleaner. However, dry cleaning your clothes makes them last longer in the same condition as you bought them. So instead of berating yourself over a turn collar or a dyed shirt, simply take your clothes to the dry cleaner’s.
- Wear a Watch
A watch becomes an essential part of a professional’s attire. While we have so many other ways to know what the time is, a watch offers an elegant touch to a professional’s sense of style. Here again, you need to stay away from gaudy monstrosities and opt for something that is simple, elegant and formal looking.
- Don’t Forget Your Shoes and Socks
You may not end up making the impression you want to make if you end up in a tux and loafers. Invest in a good pair of formal shoes for office. Take good care of them as well. Get them polished regularly so that they stand out and complement your outfit at any instance.
Likewise, throw out all those old school and college socks. Invest in a pair of high quality cotton socks that let your feet breath. This will avoid excessive sweating in the foot area, and prevent you shoes from smelling like a dumpster should you decide to take them off for just an instant to relax your feet.
When joining an office, it is imperative that you ditch your previous styles and start dressing like a true professional. These style tips will help you choose the right clothes for your attire as well as maintain them in the best way possible.