If you are someone that had the displeasure of attending a school with a set uniform, then it is likely that you have ‘we are preparing you for the workplace’ a hundred times. However, when it came to actually start work, you probably noticed that not everyone was wearing a tie and blazer all of the time, so that probably raised the question, what should I wear?
Choosing what to wear in the workplace can be extremely intimidating, though the world of business has become more relaxed, there are still some rules in places that you have to follow to continue to be a success in the business world. Here are our tips for dressing in the workplace.
Avoid Facial Piercings
Now, we are all for freedom of expression, but if you want to be taken seriously in the business world, then it is recommended that you avoid any piercings on your face. You want to make a good impression and if you are ignoring the expectations of the business world, then you will simply not be taken seriously. Now, we are not saying that you should avoid self-expression completely, and if you do choose to have piercings, make sure that they are ones that you can take out when you need to.
Now, not all piercings are frowned upon in the business world, so if you want to express yourself with piercings you still have options. You could definitely get away with wearing a pair of men’s stud earrings, just make sure they do not stand out too much or draw too much attention in general. If you are worried about not being able to take your piercings out, you can always wear clip-ins when you are not in a work environment.
A Tie is a Must
If you have a big meeting ahead or an important client to meet with, you must wear a tie. You may not think that it is much of a big deal, but when you walk into a room full of people wearing ties, you quickly stand out if you are not. Some people do not like wearing ties as they can feel a bit too formal. However, you have to remember that in the world of business, formal is a good thing.
For the days that you are just working around the office, you will still need to wear a tie, but you can make it fun. It is very common for people to switch up their serious black ties for something a bit more colorful. This is especially the case if there is a special holiday coming up, as you can change your tie to fit the holiday, which will get a lot of laughs from your work colleagues.
When you are working a 9-5 job, you have to make sure that you are prioritising comfort. It is important that you are comfortable throughout your working day, as if you are not, you could be distracted from doing the job at hand. When it comes to male attire, a reason that a lot of men find themselves uncomfortable at the office is due to the fact that they are wearing an ill-fitting suit. If you are worried that your suit does not fit your body well, we recommend that you go and see a tailor. They will be able to make you a suit that is made for your body and fits you well, so you won’t have to worry about forcing yourself into something that you know will not be very comfortable to wear.