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Look the Part: How to Own the Business Professional Look


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Originally posted on http://www.wfmj.com/story/40941683/look-the-part-how-to-own-the-business-professional-look


Landing the perfect job always brings with it a sense of relief; however, there is now one thing you must worry about- your attire. One school of thought is that how you dress shouldn’t matter (and in the grand scheme of life we agree), but the business world runs by its own set of rules, and attire is one of them.

Unless you work from home, those sweat pants you purchased more than five years ago with the cute sayings on the back will not cut it in the business professional workspace. You might want to go ahead and chuck those altogether.

Let’s take a quick look at what is expected in a professional office environment.

The Four Levels of Business Attire

Professional circles seem to have a language all their own. From their acronyms to their clothing classifications, it can all be overwhelming when you first enter their circles.

Who knew there were so many “levels” of wardrobe when it comes to getting ready for work or a workplace event? For those who are just starting in the business arena, here are the four levels of workplace appropriate attire.

  • Business Formal
  • Business Professional
  • Business Casual
  • Casual

Now depending on your industry, the specifics of the individual classifications may change, so check with your employer before assuming any type of attire is permitted.

What is Business Professional

Business professional is the second notch down from business formal so for those who hate the three-piece suit and tie type of options you can breathe a sigh of relief.

In most industries business professional is still dressy; however, it’s not as strict — for example, a one or two-button suit for men, conservative in color and pattern. A sports coat or a nice sweater over a button-up shirt is also a great option.

For women, the guidelines are similar. Make sure that all skirts and dresses are modest and presentable. Close-toed shoes are often preferred over open toe options.

Business Professional Accessories

Accessories are a great way to showcase your personality in a subtle way that still stays in line with the required dress codes. If you like loud colors and sparkly jewels, then this is where you can show that off a bit.

Watches, bracelets, necklaces, and rings are all great ways to liven up a conservative wardrobe while still adhering to the dress code. For women, a great pair of Emerald loose diamonds can add just the right amount of sparkle to any outfit. It’s simple, and there are always affordable options around for those who are looking to be savvy shoppers.

Stay Authentic

Regardless of what industry you are in and what level of dress code they have, there are always ways that you can incorporate your own personal style into the mix. The key is to always remain professional without giving up your authenticity.

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