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Dressing & Wardrobe

  1. 1. Dressing & Wardrobe Protocol
  2. 2. Dressing & Wardrobe Protocol <ul><li>Wearing out of season items. </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to be fashionable wearing fad items. </li></ul><ul><li>Ill-fitting or out of price range clothing. </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate apparel for the job or occasion. </li></ul><ul><li>Overly accessorizing. </li></ul><ul><li>Improper footwear. </li></ul><ul><li>If female - too much make-up, males - too much cologne. </li></ul><ul><li>Poor grooming habits. </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate hair styles for the job or occasion. </li></ul><ul><li>Not smiling. What are proper dressing & wardrobe protocol? </li></ul><ul><li>Read on.................. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dress for the season and for the occasion! <ul><li>Women should always wear hosiery at the office or on the job. Bare legs are okay for the beach, picnics, poolside business occasions. </li></ul><ul><li>Men should wear socks with shoes at all business occasions. Bare ankles are fine for your off work hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, fashion has seasons. Woolens in the winter, seersucker in the summer. If you have trouble deciding, try to remember what time of the year you purchased the garment. Stores don’t normally sell winter items in spring or summer, nor do they sell summer items in fall or winter. </li></ul><ul><li>Shorts vs. Pants vs. Culottes – Dressy pants and culotte sets are acceptable in today’s office environment. Shorts are acceptable only at leisure events or at home. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dress for the season and for the occasion! <ul><li>High heels are acceptable in the office, not in a warehouse. Running shoes are acceptable on the sidewalk, not the office. </li></ul><ul><li>Sheer cocktail dresses or tuxedos are for just that…cocktail parties, not the office or work environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress down Friday’s are a new concept, generated by the fashion industry and is fine if you are not meeting anyone from outside the office. Regardless, show respect for your customers, clients, etc. Dress up to meet them, even on dress down days. It shows respect and could be the difference in getting a contract of not. </li></ul><ul><li>The most important thing to remember – how you dress for your job is an indication of the seriousness you have about the job, your co-workers and your boss. </li></ul><ul><li>If you dress to be seen, rather than the job… soon you will have neither. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fad items, ill-fitting or out of price range clothing. <ul><li>DON’T, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s okay to be an individual and have your own style, but make sure the style reflects the environment in which you work. If you are a musician, rock star, eccentric movie star, fad items are okay. Show respect for your job and it’s business and it will respect you as part of the team. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember your age! Fad items or some fashion items are only suitable for certain age groups. Don’t try to dress like your daughter or son and don’t be a slave to fashion unless you have the build of the models. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Fad items, ill-fitting or out of price range clothing. <ul><li>Avoid overly tight fitting clothes. Clothes should be properly tailored to YOUR body. The fashion industry is aware of body styles and will manufacture items suitable to the size. And remember size is just a number you know. When was the last time you looked at the size label of someone else's clothes? </li></ul><ul><li>Dress for the environment. Don’t wear high priced items in a poverty environment and don’t wear thrift store items to the theater or an exclusive restaurant. Clothes have their place. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Inappropriate apparel for the job or occasion. <ul><li>It can’t be said enough, dress for the job. You are there to do a job, and unless your job is that of a fashion model, fashion buyer or seller, you should dress appropriately for the job. There is no place for suits, dresses, skirts, heels and hose if you are cleaning, digging, crawling around in attics or under buildings. Just as there is no place for overalls, bathing suits, grunge wear if you are the receptionist, front office greeter, meeting clients of the firm and need to make a good impression. </li></ul><ul><li>Overalls, farm wear, mechanics uniforms are good if you are working in farm supply, automotive supply type firms in which you may encounter grease, dirt or grim. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Inappropriate apparel for the job or occasion. <ul><li>Pay particular attention to your shoes. The shoes speak volumes. Clean polished shoes should be worn with nice suits and dresses. Walking shoes, tennis shoes are okay if you are working in a sports environment. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are a telemarketer, operator or are not likely to encounter clients, suppliers or outside individuals in your normal work, casual dress is okay, but still has it’s rules. </li></ul><ul><li>No matter what the job, overly exposing body part is still frowned upon and makes you look cheap & easy. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your hair neatly cut and trimmed to suit the job. In some cases it’s a matter of safety for you and for others. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Females - overly accessorizing, too much make-up, or cologne is a big DON’T. <ul><li>Don’t wear off color or designer hosiery unless your job is to accentuate your legs and you have the legs for it. Don’t draw attention to yourself with ornate leggings, contrasting hosiery that is distracting. Neutral or matching hosiery is best. If you have attractive legs they will still be noticed. </li></ul><ul><li>If you carry a handbag with you, shoes and bag should match or coordinate. Basic black is always in fashion and easy to coordinate when your budget is a concern. Avoid carrying a handbag, if you must also carry a briefcase. It becomes cumbersome, clumsy and is distracting. Learn to minimize. </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful with jewelry. Wearing too much or distracting items distorts the professional image you are trying to convey. Teachers, trainers, meeting coordinators, should avoid dangling, noisy, bangles, earrings, or necklaces. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Females - overly accessorizing, too much make-up, or cologne is a big DON’T. <ul><li>Make-up: less is more and keep to the current style. Cover-up blemishes, a light blusher, powder, eyeliner and eye shadow to compliment your attire is just enough. Wild colors of lipstick, black, purple, oranges, neon colors are best saved for Oct 31 or masquerade parties. Never let others see you applying make-up. Should you need to fix something, or touch up after a meal, visit the ladies room. There are some things that should remain a mystery. </li></ul><ul><li>False eyelashes, fingernails can convey an image of being a fake and in some professions can be dangerous. Where you use your fingers a lot, typist, phone operators, hairdressers, etc., you wouldn’t want to have one come off and possibly damage equipment , an individual, or yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Cologne: no-one wants to smell you before you arrive or hours after you leave. You should apply only a hint and never splash it on like moisturizer. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Males - overly accessorizing, too much cologne is a big DON’T. <ul><li>Don’t wear off color or designer hosiery. Don’t draw attention to yourself with ornate leggings, contrasting hosiery that is distracting. Neutral or matching hosiery is best. Men’s hosiery should match the clothing. </li></ul><ul><li>If you carry a briefcase or satchel with you, shoes and bag should match or coordinate. Basic black is always in fashion and easy to coordinate when your budget is a concern. If you must also carry a briefcase make sure it is neat, clean and professional looking. If it becomes cumbersome, clumsy and is distracting, learn to minimize. </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful with jewelry. Wearing too much or distracting items distorts the professional image you are trying to convey. Teachers, trainers, meeting coordinators, should avoid dangling, noisy, bracelets, or necklaces. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Males - overly accessorizing, too much cologne is a big DON’T. <ul><li>Cologne: no-one wants to smell you before you arrive or hours after you leave. You should apply only a hint and never splash it on like an aftershave. </li></ul><ul><li>Proper bathing habits are a must. A daily shower or bath never killed anyone. Good grooming habits is a show of respect for those around you. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your hair neatly cut and trimmed to suit the job. In some cases it’s a matter of safety for you and for others. </li></ul>
  13. 13. S M I L E <ul><li>Above all, wear a smile. You are never completely dressed without one and it increases your face value. </li></ul><ul><li>No matter what is on your mind, what problems you may have in your personal life, a smile is there for others to see. It completes the image package you are trying to convey in your career. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Here are some helpful tips to consider. <ul><li>Look around you, see what others are wearing, how they are greeted and treated and pick one or two learn from. If they have ever offered assistance before, ask them for some advice now. They will not be offended to find out you respect their style. </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing & Department store (not the discount places) personnel can provide you with valuable information. Pick one who exhibits the style you like and ask their opinion on color, style, fit and accessories. </li></ul><ul><li>If your budget will allow it, hire a professional buyer. They will spend the time selecting the appropriate outfits, present several items to you for your selection. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe others. Spend some time watching others and how they package themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a class or attend fashion shows at your local department store. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to change. If you don’t want to be obvious about it, gradually include new items until you have completely converted over to your new style. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Dressing & Wardrobe Protocol No’s <ul><li>Wearing out of season items. </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to be fashionable wearing fad items. </li></ul><ul><li>Ill-fitting or out of price range clothing. </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate apparel for the job or occasion. </li></ul><ul><li>Overly accessorizing. </li></ul><ul><li>Improper footwear. </li></ul><ul><li>If female - too much make-up, males - too much cologne. </li></ul><ul><li>Poor grooming habits. </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate hair styles for the job or occasion. </li></ul><ul><li>Not smiling. What are proper dressing & wardrobe protocol? </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ! </li></ul>

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