Whether you’re dressing for your job, an interview, a networking event, or another event that is professional in nature, it’s important to dress to impress. One of the biggest myths with doing so is that you must spend a fortune to dress professionally. The truth is that you can look just as professional as someone who spent thousands of dollars on their outfit for only a couple hundred dollars. Rarely will other professionals be able to tell the difference. So if you want to look good without breaking the bank, we can help.
Types of Business Attire
The first step in the entire process is determining which kind of business attire is appropriate for the situation.
- Professional Business Attire:Also known as “Business Formal,” this is the most conservative type of business attire, and is typically expected to be worn by executives in marketing, sales, accounting, etc. For women, this looks like an outfit that includes a pants suit or dress. For men, this includes wearing a business suit and tie.
- Business Casual Attire: A more relaxed version of professional attire, this does not mean “casual” and tends to be the dress code of most workplaces. This is also typically what is expected of you for interviews. For women, this usually includes a collared blouse with dress pants or a moderate length skirt or dress. For men, this usually includes a collared shirt with dress pants and a tie isn’t required.
Simplicity is the Key to Professionality
When it comes to dressing professionally, simplicity is key. This means that high-quality, simple patterns and non-distracting colors are your friends. Simple professionality also includes:
- Tailored suits
- Fitted shirts and pants that are wrinkle-resistant
- Shoes that are conservative and not intended to make a statement
- Skirts and dresses that are a moderate length and not too tight or too loose
- Blouses that aren’t transparent or showing midriff or cleavage
- Ties, jewelry, and other accessories that are simple and conservative
The cherry on top is to carry yourself confidently. If you dress to impress and exude confidence, you’re likely making the great impression you hoped for!