If you read and agreed with the above statement you’re DEAD wrong about your perception of women’s dress code in the workplace. Although there’s nothing wrong with dressing appropriately for the season – dressing provocatively is NOT okay in the corporate world.
As a recent article from Expert Click states, “sexy is not a corporate look.”
Business etiquette expert Barbara Pachter states that,”Dressing provocatively in the workplace is the kind of mistake that can severely damage a woman’s credibility.
The key for business women is to ask themselves these questions: What are they drawing attention to via their clothing? Are they promoting their ideas and their professionalism, or their sexuality?”
Pachter emphasizes that “Women can still be feminine without flaunting their figures,” and gives 6 key tips to help women understand the right women’s dress code and dress appropriately for the workplace:
1. Pay attention to the fit of your clothing Your clothing needs to fit properly. You don’t want to over-emphasize body parts. Skirts or slacks can bulge when the item is too tight across the buttocks. Buttons can pull on shirts, when the item is too tight across the chest.
2. Don’t reveal cleavage It’s a distraction to others.
3. Don’t show too much leg Short skirts draw attention to your legs. If you sit down when wearing a short skirt, you expose even more leg. Is that where you want people to look? The general guideline is that skirts should be no higher than the top, or slightly above the top, of your knees.
4. Don’t let your underwear show. This includes bra straps and thong underwear.
5. Take note of the size of the armholes when wearing a sleeveless dress Make sure the armholes are snug enough that no one can see in.
6. Never expose too much skin This means you should not wear strapless or spaghetti-strap sundresses, or crop tops that expose your midriff. Do not wear a bikini when you are at a company picnic or on an award cruise.
Remember, there’s a difference between dressing smartly and crossing the line. If you want to up-hold your reputation and credibility understanding proper women’s dress code is essential.
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