Like it or not, the way you dress plays a huge role in the way others perceive you – especially in the workplace. Whether you’re just launching your career, or are a seasoned professional looking to improve your image, we’ve compiled the following “rules of thumb” to help you make a positive, and lasting impression on those around you.

  1. Be Modest – A professional setting is not the place for tight pants, heavy makeup, short skirts, or cleavage-revealing tops. Using an extra button never hurt anyone.
  1. Don’t Wear Clothing with Logos – Unless it’s part of your company uniform, save your favorite t-shirt for a lazy weekend.
  1. Stay Away from Ripped or Sloppy Clothing – If you want to be taken seriously, make sure your clothes are neatly tailored, fit properly, and are in good – not ratty – condition. That goes for shoes, too.
  1. Dress Nicely on Casual Fridays – Casual Fridays is a privilege, not a right. Don’t ruin it for everyone in your office by showing up in flip flops and a tank top. Dress nicely as you would during the week, but with jeans (if they’re allowed) and taken down a few notches.
  1. Always Use your Best Judgment – If you can wear it to a club, a beach, or a gym, it doesn’t belong in the office. Dress accordingly and if you have doubts, don’t do it.

Although dress codes vary greatly depending on the workplace, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and dress conservatively. Familiarize yourself with your employer’s dress policy and let your work, not your outfit speak for you.