What Is Professional Business Attire for Women?
Professional business attire should convey your credibility and competence, but also reflect some personality without going overboard.
The Basics of Professional Attire
The keys to professional attire start with cleanliness and well-fitting clothes, as well as avoiding inappropriate attire.
- A suit, no matter how expensive, will always look dishevelled and unprofessional if it is unironed or too tight.
- As a rule of thumb, skirts should be no shorter than the tips of your fingers.
- Buttons on your shirt should not gape open when worn.
- Suits and trousers bought off the rack often do not fit perfectly, so tailoring may be needed for a proper fit.
Determining Your Office’s Dress Code
How you should dress in your office is largely dependent on your company’s dress code and the cultural norms of your office. Companies usually issue employee handbooks with formalized dress codes, and that is also a good starting point to understand what is appropriate to wear in your office.
A good tip is to observe the attire of your supervisors and women who are similar in rank to you in your office for a week or two whenever you start a new job. It is important to pay attention to what they wear on days where there might be an important meeting (when you will typically see the most formal of attire) and ordinary days. Seeing what others wear is the best barometer in determining the appropriate level of formality in your office.
Types of Professional Business Attire
Think of business formal attire as what you would wear to an interview, when you’re giving an important presentation to the CEO, or going to court. It’s the most formal attire one can wear to work
Casual dressing in a business environment is extremely different from a casual outfit that one would wear in non-work settings. Business casual attire is often worn in creative industries and on “casual friday” days.
‘It is important to understand your office’s cultural norms for both business casual and “client-ready” days, as standards differ across states, occupations, and offices’ commented Salomón Juan Marco Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.