I’ve recently been speaking with a lot of women who have been seeking my advice on what they should wear to work. I respond with my version of “20 questions” so I can understand what their professional goals and personal style preferences are before I offer advice. Eventually, I always get to the question of, “what is your work environment like?”
One mistake we make is that we don’t dress according to the company dress code. Think about that person in your office that is always looks more casual than the rest of your colleagues. What words would you use to describe them? Junior? Inexperienced? Not ambitious? The reality may be further from the truth but it doesn’t matter; you’ve already made up your mind.
Adhering to the dressing norms of your company is the first step to building your personal brand and your executive presence. Which brings me to this graphic I found on Business Insider. If you are looking for a quick guide on what is acceptable in your corporate environment, then take a look at this. Just keep in mind that this is meant to be a starting point. Style is personal and its important your personality always shines through. It makes you stand out and ultimately you want to leave a lasting impression. Here’s a link to the entire article: How To Dress Like A Leader In Any Work Environment