There is a multitude of different office environments out there, and each one of these different environments requires their workers to wear different corporate clothing.
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The first step to deciding what to wear in your working environment is to pin point into which one of the different corporate environments your company falls. Although most companies do not have explicit written rules on dress codes, it is easy to find out what is acceptable by looking at the different office dress code environments.
Business Corporate Clothing
This environment expects you to wear a suit, both men and women. In this situation your overall image needs to be extremely professional, well –groomed, tailored and stylish. Think dark pin-stripe suits, with ties and tailored shirts and women in elegant pin-stripe skirt suits.
Business Casual Corporate Clothing
In the business casual corporate clothing environment you can relax, a bit. For women this means tailored pants, pumps and twin sets, along with skirts and classical jewelry and accessories. Men are expected to wear suit pants with button up shirts. Suit jackets are not necessary, but it is always handy to have one close by.
Smart Casual Corporate Clothing
In most instances smart casual is being interpreted as being very casual and relaxed. Unless specifically stated by your boss, it is always better to avoid jeans in this environment. But if you wear jeans dress them up by pairing them with well tailored shirts. Men can also wear polo shirts and girls can dress up their jeans by pairing them with a twin set and pumps.
Casual Corporate Clothing
In this environment you can dress down your corporate clothing and dress like you would going to a kid’s birthday party, shopping or Sunday lunch at a café. In this environment it is appropriate to wear jeans, sandals and even tasteful shorts. The key is to still look smart while being casual.
Formal Corporate Clothing
An invitation to a formal business affaire is your golden opportunity to get dressed up. Women are expected to wear glamorous ball gowns in rich jewel colors, like purple, dark green, navy and reds. Men are expected to wear a full tuxedo.
Semi-Formal Corporate Clothing
Semi-formal can also be described as cocktail or lounge attire. In this environment a woman’s little black dress is called for. Pair it with strappy heels and an elegant clutch purse. Jewelry can be bold and making a fashion statement is not frowned upon at such events. Men should wear a suit, with a tie being optional. It is always good to take one with, just in case you feel underdressed.
Informal Corporate Clothing
This is not to be confused with casual. Informal is more like smart-casual; Skirts and heels for women and tailored shirts for me. This is basically what you would wear out to dinner at a fancy restaurant or cocktails at a friend’s house.
You only have one chance to make a lasting first impression. And the golden rule is that when in doubt, dress up, this shows that you value yourself, your job and your co-workers enough to make an effort.