CORPORATE CULTURE AND PERSONAL STYLE

What Does Your Work Attire Communicate?

Whether you want to admit it or not, your clothing is a constant communication to those around you. Your outfit may say “casual chic” when you go out with friends, or it may say, “romantic” on a date night. Your style says different things about you, and there’s no place where getting that “message” right is more important, than at work.

Is your style position appropriate?

Every organization has a “style culture.” Dressing to fit into that culture does not mean you have to sacrifice style, but be aware that if you want to move up in your organization, dressing like the people in higher positions than you can demonstrate that you want to be one of them. Like my mother told me, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”Foot Traffic Perfect Pair Tights

How to “fit-in” without “selling out”

There are some interesting ways to style up your suits, skirts and dresses and still be in line with your organization’s style culture. How? With just a few variations of accessories such as belts, scarves and legwear.  Add color and texture to a business suit or sweater with an animal print belt, a patterned scarf, or a favorite accessory that reflects your personality.

Most organizations still encourage pantyhose and tights at the office because they create a clean, lean look that adds polish and class to your professional image. A staple in your work-wear closet should be a great pair of black tights.

For the more daring, yet sophisticated, add some solid opaque tights to your wardrobe. With so many rich colors, tights are professional but can add a bit of personality and style. Colors such as plum, burgundy, navy, olive, and grey go with just about everything and are the perfect autumn colors to add to your wardrobe.

If you think you can step out a bit more and are looking for another alternative without scaring management, your co- workers or clients, try textured pantyhose.

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Nothing says class like merino wool and cashmere. As the weather turns cooler and you are looking for a perfect companion for your boots, short or tall, luxurious merino wool or cashmere tights and leggings are a great way to keep warm and look hot.

Despite what you may think, workday style can be a lot of fun! The key is to be aware of your style “culture” and then dress in line with that. It’s OK to add your own personality, but make sure your style is communicating the right messages about you.

For other great advice, check out The 20 Best Fashion Blogs for Professional Women – Forbes.com

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-Nanci

One Response to “CORPORATE CULTURE AND PERSONAL STYLE”

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