Dress for the 4 Letter Word

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The advent of the Coronavirus has permanently changed the employment landscape.  Marketing strategies, interviews and the fundamental structure of business have been reset.  Before the epidemic some business introduced the “work from home” concept but with the mandatory quarantine implemented during the pandemic this concept has become the norm.

Webinars, zoom will be the accepted modus operandi in interviewing and selecting candidates for a position.  However this will not apply to all companies, depending on the position the selected candidates will have to be present at their place of employment and will be expected to adhere to the company dress code.

There is a psychological effect to look our best and conduct ourselves professionally when attending virtual meetings or interviews it will come across in our demeanor and can give us the edge and influence our prospective employer.

 

Unless you have a job that requires you to wear a uniform, dressing for work can turn into a game of:

“Whatever should I wear to work today”

Standing in front your wardrobe every morning, trying on and taking off can be a very exhausting process.

clothes-hangers

One way of eliminating this stressful process is labeling wooden hangers with the days of the week (or the days you have to work).

Coordinate what you plan on wearing each day, including accessories and place them on the respective hangers.  Also place the shoes you plan on wearing with each outfit side by side.

Each day after you shower and makeup your ready to wear hangers will make dressing for work fun. You will have more time to enjoy breakfast and you will get to work on time feeling relaxed and confident.

Planning your work wardrobe should be given careful thought. It’s a good idea to plan your wardrobe according to your company’s dress code.
Chic work ensemble – red blazer with working shorts and held together with a black & white pussy cat bow blouse and accessorized with deep purple bag and shoes – jewelry for work are kept simple. 
Dress for the position you are striving for rather than the position you were hired for.

 

 

https://www.pinterest.com/sdeganne/whatever-should-i-wear/

Be well groomed at all times

Being professional is not only reflected in your style but also in your attitude, the way you behave and how you adapt to unexpected situations.

This is a fantastic work ensemble, extremely versatile can do a quick change from the board room  to the office, to an evening out after work.

MAKE AN IMPRESSION AT THE INTERVIEW

You style convey subtle messages about your personality and character to your employer.  It is better to be understated for an interview, minimum jewelry and accessories.  Research the company before so you can have an idea of what to wear.
Black, navy beige and grey are excellent for basic suits, skirts, and slacks. You can mix and match these basics with any colour jacket or blouse.  A white shirt is a must have for a working ensemble. Keep accessories to a minimum.
CASUAL FRIDAYS
How casual is casual? This depends on the organization you work for, their dress code and your position within the company.

Overstressed torn jeans, flip flops, dirty running shoes, sloppy jogging pants, hoodies, logo t-shirts and sweaters are unacceptable.

Showing up frumpy for work is a no! no! and is putting yourself at a disadvantage.  You will not be taken seriously and promotion will always elude you.

 

“Casual Fridays” should not be interpreted to mean “sloppy”. Casual means you wear informal clothing while maintaining your professionalism.
The way you dress on ‘Casual Fridays’ will speak volumes about your readiness for promotion to your employer.

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