Business woman

Different people have different opinion on things, they normally comprehend fashion and style according to their personality and how they see the world. But there are still some standards that most people keep, just like outfits in the office.

Whether we like it or not, dressing for the office requires a specific style in most countries. Usually this is an easy job for the men – they can pick a shirt and a costume, where for women the task looks a bit more complicated. This is coming from the wider choice of clothes, the fashion industry provides women with – skirt or trousers, high heels or flat shoes, low neck shirt/ blouse or not. All those questions can be a real challenge for women when picking their clothes for the office. It is all because the established norms in the society. Too short skirt can look inappropriate; where too long can may be make us look old-fashioned. And many other considerations we take every day before we leave for work. Sometimes it is really not that easy being a woman.

Why are clothes so important?

Some researchers and psychologists of labour has come to the conclusion that the most important in the office is how much and how you do your job, but right after it, on second place, comes the outfit. Of course clothes are not building the career, but with the right look you can express a statement like “I am a fighter and I belong in the top positions of that job”, and this can actually help you getting a promotion. It is is not about what exactly you wear, but what kind of clothes that fit you as a person have you chosen. And of course clothes can say a lot, show others that you believe in yourself and you are serious about your future development. It doesn’t have to be over formal, but of course we can’t wear a shirt saying “I don’t care” in the office. In most places it will automatically send a signal that you are not aiming to develop. Not necessarily every company will take it like that or every boss, because there are cultures where offices don’t have a specific formal dress code.

In the next lines we would state some ideas of how you can dress in the office as of course that really depends on the area you are working at, the country you live in and the specific company and its values. But there are some of the biggest areas and their “rules” of dressing in the office.

Media and advertisement

Business woman in dress

This is one of the most fashionable branches where the atmosphere in the office is usually very tolerant and free. It is allowed to wear whatever fits your taste – jeans, skirts, dresses, high heels, but even though you have to take some situations in consideration. For example, if you are applying for the job you can wear something more simple, clean and elegant. If you are working in the office allowing yourself more fashionable clothes is completely fine, but don’t pick too screaming outfits as you can lose your professional look.

Recycle and fashion
Being able to recycle products and use them in fashion is something that is becomming really trendy. Companies such as Better World fashion who produces “læderjakker” their brand of fashion leatherjackets for men and women, er just one of those new companies who have dedicated their work to make some products we can wear with a clean conscience. Read more about their product here at http://www.dtvtransition.org/mode-smarte-laederjakker-til-maend/

Banks and insurance companies

Business woman in a suitBusiness woman in a bank

Here you better choose the established formal business suits – a costume with a skirt or trousers, a jacket, shirt or simple blouse. May be it is not a good idea to choose jeans and too low neck shirts. Your look has to be very professional and clean, also with the accessories. Flat shoes are the best choice in that situation as it is comfortable and simple but if you feel okay with not too high heels, it can always bring elegance to your look.

International corporations

Corporate business woman - læderjakker til mænd og kvinder i genbrug

In this branch, the preferred clothes are costumes with trousers or mid long skirt until the knees. You can also choose more elegant trousers and shirt, but no short miniskirts in screaming colors, jeans or leggings.  Your look should be as simple and conservative as possible. A little amount of accessories or the full lack of them, mid heel shoes and socks or tights is a must, even in the summer.

*****

As the days in the office are usually exhausting and stressful it is really important for you to feel comfortable in your clothes. Choose something you know you like wearing as if these are your first days in a new office; this will help you feel more confident in your skin. You can reach the perfect business look for your area if you choose clothes appropriate for it and you know they make you look good.