What is Professional Attire?

What is Professional Attire? Professional attire can easily be defined as the apparel employees are expected to wear at work. Professional attire can vary from business to business, depending on the industry, atmosphere, culture, and norms of the company. Specific rules regarding professional attire within the organization are known as company dress codes.The dress code translates a message about the company to visitors, customers, clients, and employees as well. Company dress codes may range from business formal to business casual depending on a number of different factors including:

  • Location

    • Country
    • State
    • City
    • Region
  • Industry
    • Government
    • Real Estate & Construction
    • Media & Entertainment
    • Finance
  • Size

    • Local businesses
    • Small, medium, or large companies
    • Corporations
  • Services Offered
    • Human resources
    • Law
    • Public relations
    • Photography

For example, a small art company in Colorado may have a business casual dress code where employees are allowed to wear jeans to work. Contrariwise, a large law firm in New York might have a business formal dress code where employees are expected to wear full suits (pant, jacket, tie etc.) everyday.

Most companies adopt a dress code in one (or more) of the following categories:

  • Business Formal

    • Full suits (both men and women)
    • Ties
    • Neutral colors, with minimal prints/patterns
    • Hosiery
    • Subtle accessories
    • Low to medium traditional heels
  • Business Smart
    • Dress pants, jackets, blouses, sweater, and skirts
    • Bold colors, prints, and patterns
    • Personality pieces (ties, socks etc.)
    • Low to medium heels
  • Business Casual
    • Khakis, or casual pants
    • Collar or polo style shirts
    • Jeans or denim
    • Dressy shirts or tops
    • Low to medium heel, or sandals

Adhering to your company’s dress code is very important because your image directly relates to the culture and visual brand of the team. Hope Paryzek, Chief Executive Officer of Principle Strategies LLC in Norfolk, states: “In this competitive job market, first impressions are critical; employers are not only interested in education and experience, they want to know if applicants will fit in with their company culture and represent their company well. The way a job applicant or employee presents themselves is as much a part of their qualifications
as anything.”

Make your first impression a lasting one by modifying your professional attire to closely match the dress code enforced by your company. Remember you can always take cues from colleagues, management, and the CEO to help you determine what type of attire is considered professional in your workplace!

**For more information on professional attire and company dress codes, visit http:// humanresources.about.com/od/glossaryb/g/what-is-business-attire.htm **

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