Page 1
Appropriate Attire in the
Workplace- Presentation:
Richard Garrity, Instructor
Page 2
Appropriate Attire in the
Workplace- Presentation:
Guidelines & Instruction
Page 3
This presentation is proprietary
information and can’t be copied or
reproduced in any fashion without
consent from ...
Page 4
Appropriate Attire:
Areas of Discussion
This comprehensive analysis of
appropriate corporate attire will
focus prim...
Page 5
Appropriate Attire:
Areas of Discussion
It is easy and sometimes irresponsible
for a company to say.." We have a dr...
Page 6
~Everything is Perception~
Page 7
Appropriate Attire:
~Questions to ask~
Page 8
Is it true that clothes make
the man or woman? YES!
Page 9
Do people form an opinion
about us based on the way
we dress? YES!
Page 10
Does that mean we should avoid any
sense of individuality or creativity
in the workplace? NO!
Page 11
If I should dress in a perceived
provocative manor, do I deserve
to be sexually harassed? NO!
Page 12
If I dress in a sexy and
provocative manor , will I get
promoted faster? NO
Page 13
Is it harder for women rather then
men to make the appropriate daily
attire selections? Absolutely!
Page 14
It is important to set
standards and expectations
for appropriate dress?
Page 15
Appropriate office attire is
defined as whatever is
accepted in your office by your
supervisors. A good piece of
a...
Page 16
“
Page 17
“Perception and Reality”
Inappropriate Office Attire
Page 18
Office Inappropriate Attire:
~A touchy subject~
Suggestive or provocative clothing
by either gender in the workpla...
Page 19
Office Inappropriate Attire:
~A touchy subject~
However, an employee who
does wear provocative
clothing has the
un...
Page 20
Office Inappropriate Attire:
~A touchy subject~
This of course absent any mutual
verbal or physical flirting that
...
Page 21
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Modesty is the best policy in most
work environments. Here are some
guidelines on what is inappropriate:
Page 23
Some examples of
inappropriate attire in the
workplace:
 Clothing that clearly reveals too
much cleavage on a fem...
Page 24
In-Appropriate- Guidelines:
Strappy and strapless tops:
But sleeveless tops with built-up
shoulders are fine. If y...
Page 25
In-Appropriate- Guidelines:
Super low necklines:
Camisoles usually solve the cleavage issue,
but not always. Busti...
Page 26
Racy clothing and attitudes that may come
with your clothing decisions can be
detrimental to company operations an...
Page 27
”.
.
Page 28
“Common Sense”
Assess Your Work Environment:
It is generally legal for an
employer to institute an
employee dress ...
Page 29
The Rights of One…
The Perception of All
While women have certainly come
a long way in the workplace,
inequality s...
Page 30
Balancing Sexy and Prudence
Many women in the workplace
today rely on making
themselves feel valued by
looking goo...
Page 31
Balancing Sexy and Prudence
This is partially a natural
occurrence and partially based on
insecurities and the des...
Page 32
Balancing Sexy and Prudence
Today it is not uncommon for a
women to dress up in a short skirt
without stockings to...
Page 33
Balancing Sexy and Prudence
Maybe not all of the men
will view her as an object
of attraction, but some
will. And ...
Page 34
Balancing Sexy and Prudence
In addition to the short skirts, many
women wear tight shirts, trendy
jewelry and heav...
Page 35
Balancing Sexy and Prudence
Women generally wear sexy and
risqué clothing for 4 reasons:
1.The desire to feel and ...
Page 36
Balancing Sexy and Prudence
Today’s corporate women have
come a long way. Women in
corporate America have more tha...
Page 37
Balancing Sexy and Prudence
With those facts in mind, the
average corporate professional
woman should not feel as ...
Page 38
Read the fine print.
Companies with employees
who have frequent client
contact, who interface with the
public, or ...
Page 39
Genuine Smiles. Sincere Respect~
Page 40
Inappropriate Attire:
~Don’t make it a Tightrope~
Page 41
The Choices can be simple
Page 42
Inappropriate Attire: “Him”
Unprofessional and suggestive
Page 43
Inappropriate Attire: “Him”
Unprofessional and suggestive
Page 44
Business neckties:
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Inappropriate Attire: “Him”
Unprofessional and Immature
Page 46
In-appropriate Attire: “Her”. To judge or
not to judge, that is the question?
Page 47
Cleavage in the Office:
Should it stay or should it go?
Page 48
Cleavage in the “The Office”
Where do we draw the line? How
do we achieve balance?
Page 49
In-appropriate Attire: Cleavage
How far do you want to push it?
Page 50
In-appropriate Attire: Cleavage
Unprofessional and highly suggestive
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Just what is considered unreasonable
cleavage for the office environment?
What is the standard? The definition?
Page 53
Does this attire earn you respect &
recognition in the office?
Page 54
These outfits from the previous slide are
acceptable, maybe. They are not
outrageous or over the top, they are
how...
Page 55
Using “Assets’ for an “Edge”
Page 56
Still confused as to what is a appropriate
& in-appropriate in the office? Well, these
attire selections are PERFE...
Page 57
Ultimately guys, no matter the
fruit before your eyes, resist the
temptation, you can do it!
Page 58
Ladies: Sexy is welcome in the
office, but don’t invite trouble~
Page 59
The rules of cleavage in the office.
What to show and what not to..
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Just one missed blouse button and
your “girls” can suddenly go from
classy to trashy. Whether you meant to
show of...
Page 61
In the United States, the average
breast size has grown from a 34B to a
36C since the 1970s and clothing
styles ar...
Page 62
So therefore women often flaunt there
“gifts” and don’t know when it is
proper to “cover up”. And when they
do “fl...
Page 63
Cleavage in the office can not
be treated like porn, per se.
This is not “I know it when I
see it”. There has to b...
Page 64
In some industries, it’s
appropriate, in fact, required – to
play up your cleavage:
entertainment, fashion, Hooter...
Page 65
The general rule in the
corporate office workplace is to
not reveal more than an inch of
cleavage. Give or take. O...
Page 66
What constitutes proper
business attire is, admittedly, a
delicate and tricky judgment.
It’s all about dressing fo...
Page 67
The world of business attire has
changed over the years. Thankfully
we have many more options for
looking professi...
Page 68
Boob etiquette is best determined
by what your female coworkers are
wearing. When you reveal too
much of the goods...
Page 69
Probably it is best to just
say ‘no’ to cleavage in the
work place, just as you
might say ‘no’ to low-rise
pants r...
Page 70
I am not suggesting high
collars and conservative
frocks, but if you are serious
about your professional
presence,...
Page 71
Today’s corporate American women
should celebrate the fact that they no
longer must dress like a man in order to
b...
Page 72
However, just because a
fashion magazine or Oprah
tells you that you can wear
a leather bustier to work as
long as...
Page 73
You can be bold, brassy,
and yes, sexy while being
classy. As the saying goes,
“check yourself before you
wreck yo...
Page 74
Women who gratuitously
flaunt their cleavage or wear
tight tops, are they a
distraction? Are they
looking for atte...
Page 75
Are we holding tight to the label
“stuffy American” that Europeans
charge us with? Or are we justified
in expressi...
Page 76
I have heard some
women say that showing
cleavage is really
irrelevant, if you’re good
at what you do, and
you’re ...
Page 77
I humbly disagree. How
you dress speaks volumes
about you, and in the
corporate world, dressing
appropriately elim...
Page 78
Because we dress…
for success!!
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Fashion sense Tip # 1
“Common Sense” and your
“instincts” are your # 1 resource
for selecting appropriate attire~
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You are dressing for the office,
not accepting an award
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Dress like the weather girl!
Now they have tough decisions.
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I will dress the way I want
to. It is my right to do so.
Page 83
Actually and legally, it is not
your right to dress as you see
fit or deem. In the private or
public sector, each ...
Page 84
Implementation of a
standard dress code also
does not infringe upon a
person’s constitutional
rights. Once you lea...
Page 85
The Mini-Skirt Debate: “Her”
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Provocative. Simply, Too much skin.
~Maybe, you should just stay home~
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What is acceptable? This
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The general rules on mini
skirts: The bare basics
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Mini Skirt Guidelines:
Since the skirt is such an important
element of your wardrobe, be certain
it fits properly....
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The Best Possible fit:
If the skirt has pockets, they
must remain closed in order to
conform to your natural curve...
Page 91
When short is too short:
Then comes the critical question of
how short is too short for business?
Most fashion mag...
Page 92
When short is too short:
This freedom allows women to
select a hemline that is comfortable
and flattering for them...
Page 93
When short is too short:
In addition, a mini-skirt can be
distracting and they are not user-
friendly; it is very ...
Page 94
When short is too short:
Mini skirts do have a
place in the corporate
workplace environment
and can achieve
profes...
Page 95
Why does this have to be
complicated? There are solutions
Page 96
Complicated? Just look in the
mirror and ask yourself: Do I look
fine or am I crossing the line?
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The right skirt for you >
When selecting a short skirt,
remember that when you sit down
your skirt shortens three ...
Page 98
The right skirt for you >
Any length at the circle,
inside the circle or lower than
the circle is appropriate. A
h...
Page 99
“Skirt” the issue……
Very full, long swirling skirts
are too social or casual for the
business office. If you like ...
Page 100
Fashion sense Tip # 2
“Does my Boss really value my
intelligence and my attributes?”
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“Him and Her”
Jeans dilemma? Never in the office
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“Appropriate Attire” “Him”
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Fashion sense Tip # 3
Ask yourself: “Does my attire selection
embarrass me and the company?”
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“Appropriate Attire” “Him”
Professional and Corporate
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“Appropriate Attire” “Him”
Professional and Confident
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“Appropriate Attire” “Him”
Professional and Casual
Page 107
Fashion sense Tip # 4
Make no mistake about it. A little
cleavage on a woman is fine….”a little”.
No male cleavag...
Page 108
“Appropriate Attire” “Her”
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“Appropriate Attire” “Her”
Professional and Corporate
Page 110
“Appropriate Attire” “Her”
Professional and Corporate
Page 111
“Appropriate Attire” “Her”
Corporate Business look
Page 112
“Appropriate Attire” “Her”
Summer/ Winter business look
Page 113
“Appropriate Attire” “Her”
Slightly revealing, but just fine
Page 114
“Him and Her”
Corporate casual and professional
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Don’t make the workplace
all about you.
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Make it all about Us.
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Do we suggest dressing like the
Queen of England? Goodness, NO!
Page 119
So. We have discussed appropriate attire
in the office. Let’s talk about some other
things that could be a proble...
Page 120
# 5- Body Fragrances:
>That “smell is in the air”,
and it “aint” Love <
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Body Fragrances:
COOL IT! On the Perfume. Conservative
splashes and just once in the AM~
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Body Fragrances:
That includes the guys! If the ladies smell
you halfway across the office, you will be
talked ab...
Page 123
Body Fragrances:
And…vise versa Ladies
Page 124
Is the smell of perfume or cologne
acceptable in the workplace? Yes.
Nothing wrong with smelling good.
But don’t ...
Page 125
Your cologne or perfume selection is what
makes you unique, unique in yourself. But
don’t “alienate” yourself fro...
Page 126
In-appropriate Attire: “Her”
Shoes & Boots
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Maybe “Inappropriate” at 9AM
But not “Inappropriate” at 5PM
It should be noted that images
judged and commented o...
Page 128
Maybe “Inappropriate” at 9AM
But not “Inappropriate” at 5PM
Images labeled “unacceptable or
inappropriate” very w...
Page 129
"Impressions are
Behaviors only you control"
In-appropriate attire in the
workplace can be a landmine
subject for...
Page 130
"Impressions are
Behaviors only you control"
That way if a problem develops,
already pre-existing policies can
be...
Page 131
If you want attention, you will
receive it. However, there are
always consequences <
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.. As well as the object of unwanted
gossip or ridicule in the office
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“Impressions” are perceptions
and behaviors you control.
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“How you dress and present your
self is a direct reflection of yourself
and the company image”
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“Being taken seriously and being taken
for granted is the fine line when it comes
to how you present yourself”
Page 136
I don’t care what the dress code policies
are. I will dress the way I want!
Page 137
Did you hear me? I said I will
dress the way I want and there is
nothing you can do about it!
Page 138
Yeah, we heard you. Did you
hear us? YOUR FIRED!!
Page 139
The Dress Code:
A company implementing and
enforcing a corporate dress code
is a good thing. The dress code
gives...
Page 140
The objective is not to be
humiliated or fired, it is to comply,
be agreeable, and work together
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I am who I am, and I wont be
harassed under any circumstance
Page 142
Harassing, punishing, demeaning,
or terminating someone because
of there physical attributes will
lead to costly ...
Page 143
“Leadership is a key component to
consistently enforcing a reasonable
office business attire protocol”
Page 144
“Common Sense”
Assess Your Work Environment:
It has been shown that there is a
direct correlation between
inappro...
Page 145
“Common Sense”
Assess Your Work Environment:
A woman or man who continues to
dress in a provocative style still
i...
Page 146
“Common Sense”
Assess Your Work Environment:
Research data published in
Psychology of Women Quarterly
indicates t...
Page 147
“Common Sense”
Assess Your Work Environment:
So is being overly conservative
the key to advancing in the
corporat...
Page 148
“Common Sense”
Assess Your Work Environment:
Because of “biology” and other
obvious cultural reasons, a woman
has...
Page 149
The common solution to any given
problem is always, “Back to
Basics”. It never fails. It reminds~
Page 150
Have Questions? Call your HR Dept.!
Page 151
We never want to hide who we are and
we certainly do not suggest this in your
daily clothing selections!
Page 152
Image Projected:
Professional and Responsible
Page 153
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
Another potential problem
Page 154
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
Solutions & Answers:
Page 155
ALOHA!!
Page 156
The tropical roots of Casual Friday go
back to at least 1947 in Hawaii, when
the city of Honolulu allowed workers...
Page 157
In the late 1970s, when the
production of cheap clothing
outside the United States
became more widespread,
there ...
Page 158
Casual Friday along with dressing
casually during the week became very
prevalent during the Dot-com bubble
of the...
Page 159
I never understood “Casual Friday”.
I mean as corporate seasoned
professionals, your telling me that
you never ha...
Page 160
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
The top five complaints from city
executives about office image and
attire relative to ...
Page 161
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
1. Skin is never in.
(50 percent of complaints)
Showing skin is distracting. You have a...
Page 162
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
3. Party clothes for Friday night
don’t start in the office.
(15 percent of complaints)...
Page 163
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
4. Don’t make fabric “faux pas”
(10 percent of complaints)
It is easy to get confused w...
Page 164
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
5. Keep casual at home
(10 percent of complaints)
Dressing comfortably and dressing
dow...
Page 165
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
Not the best choice for the office:
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Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
You should be fired, plain & simple.
Page 167
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
Uhhhh, absolutely not
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Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
This is just fine…I guess
Page 169
Casual Friday Gone Wrong?
This is just fine…I guess
Page 170
The other problem with casual
Friday is that research has
definitively proven that
wearing casual clothes that
no...
Page 171
Need a pillow?
Page 172
“Casual Friday” days can lead to
“attire” issues. Stick with the norm
Page 173
Even “Barbie” knows how to
dress for the corporate office!
Page 174
Working Together. The Goal
Page 175
~Thank you for attending
today’s presentation~
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  1. 1. Page 1 Appropriate Attire in the Workplace- Presentation: Richard Garrity, Instructor
  2. 2. Page 2 Appropriate Attire in the Workplace- Presentation: Guidelines & Instruction
  3. 3. Page 3 This presentation is proprietary information and can’t be copied or reproduced in any fashion without consent from the publisher owner, Richard Garrity
  4. 4. Page 4 Appropriate Attire: Areas of Discussion This comprehensive analysis of appropriate corporate attire will focus primarily on 5 areas of review and suggestions 1. Discussions and problems of attire 2. In-Appropriate Attire- “Him” 3. In-Appropriate Attire- “Her’ 4. The problems with Casual Friday 5. Decisions, Solutions, and Perception
  5. 5. Page 5 Appropriate Attire: Areas of Discussion It is easy and sometimes irresponsible for a company to say.." We have a dress policy/code. “Clothes that are inappropriate, unprofessional or reveal too much is not acceptable”. Dress codes must have images and guidelines to illustrate exactly what is appropriate and what is not. That way the employee is not left blind or wondering what is acceptable.
  6. 6. Page 6 ~Everything is Perception~
  7. 7. Page 7 Appropriate Attire: ~Questions to ask~
  8. 8. Page 8 Is it true that clothes make the man or woman? YES!
  9. 9. Page 9 Do people form an opinion about us based on the way we dress? YES!
  10. 10. Page 10 Does that mean we should avoid any sense of individuality or creativity in the workplace? NO!
  11. 11. Page 11 If I should dress in a perceived provocative manor, do I deserve to be sexually harassed? NO!
  12. 12. Page 12 If I dress in a sexy and provocative manor , will I get promoted faster? NO
  13. 13. Page 13 Is it harder for women rather then men to make the appropriate daily attire selections? Absolutely!
  14. 14. Page 14 It is important to set standards and expectations for appropriate dress?
  15. 15. Page 15 Appropriate office attire is defined as whatever is accepted in your office by your supervisors. A good piece of advice, especially to someone just starting their new job is to look at what others in the same office and in similar positions wear, and dress accordingly.
  16. 16. Page 16 “
  17. 17. Page 17 “Perception and Reality” Inappropriate Office Attire
  18. 18. Page 18 Office Inappropriate Attire: ~A touchy subject~ Suggestive or provocative clothing by either gender in the workplace can lead to sexual harassment issues. Although we certainly have the right to dress as we deem fit, the bottom line is sexually suggestive attire can fuel a fellow co-workers behavior and may even send a signal that it is ok to initiate some kind of sexual advance even if that was clearly not the intent.
  19. 19. Page 19 Office Inappropriate Attire: ~A touchy subject~ However, an employee who does wear provocative clothing has the unequivocal right not to be harassed in any shape or form based solely on their attire or special attributes.
  20. 20. Page 20 Office Inappropriate Attire: ~A touchy subject~ This of course absent any mutual verbal or physical flirting that may occur between both parties. It is always prudent to adhere to your company's dress protocol and to seek guidance from your HR department when in doubt or have questions.
  21. 21. Page 21
  22. 22. Page 22 Modesty is the best policy in most work environments. Here are some guidelines on what is inappropriate:
  23. 23. Page 23 Some examples of inappropriate attire in the workplace:  Clothing that clearly reveals too much cleavage on a female or bra exposed  Clothing that reveals any chest area of a male and loose neck ties  Unreasonably tight jeans or pants on a male that leaves one to “ponder”  Unreasonably short skirts on a female in an “open” office setting that would create a clear distraction to fellow employees.
  24. 24. Page 24 In-Appropriate- Guidelines: Strappy and strapless tops: But sleeveless tops with built-up shoulders are fine. If you’re going to wear something strappy or strapless to work, keep it covered with a jacket or cardigan so that it acts as a layering piece instead of the focal point. Mini-skirts and short-shorts: Anything shorter than two to three inches above the kneecap is too short. Remember that skirts ride up when you sit down so do the “sit down test” before you commit to a shorter hemline. In some situations, you’ll get away with a shorter skirt if you pair it with leggings or opaque tights, especially if you’re petite.
  25. 25. Page 25 In-Appropriate- Guidelines: Super low necklines: Camisoles usually solve the cleavage issue, but not always. Bustier gals can’t help but sport a bit of cleavage with camisoles and that’s perfectly fine. Well endowed ladies look best in lower necklines which makes a spot of cleavage unavoidable. Overly tight clothing: Tailoring is superb but excessive clinging is not. See-through items: Wearing something sheer to work requires a bra and camisole. If you can’t make a see- through item opaque for work purposes, don’t wear it.
  26. 26. Page 26 Racy clothing and attitudes that may come with your clothing decisions can be detrimental to company operations and create disruptions that can affect business continuity. Employees need to focus on the task at hand, and not your “assets”.
  27. 27. Page 27 ”. .
  28. 28. Page 28 “Common Sense” Assess Your Work Environment: It is generally legal for an employer to institute an employee dress code. But you don't need to read a company manual to see what is and what is not appropriate to wear to work. The best advice experts give is to simply look around the office:
  29. 29. Page 29 The Rights of One… The Perception of All While women have certainly come a long way in the workplace, inequality still exists. This inequality will often exist regardless of how a woman dresses in her workplace. However many times the treatment she receives will rely heavily on how she chooses to present herself.
  30. 30. Page 30 Balancing Sexy and Prudence Many women in the workplace today rely on making themselves feel valued by looking good. Girls often define themselves by how attractive they are to the opposite sex, and a woman usually chooses what she wears to work based on how members of the opposite sex will view her.
  31. 31. Page 31 Balancing Sexy and Prudence This is partially a natural occurrence and partially based on insecurities and the desire to feel good about themselves based on outside sources. While it is always nice feel pretty and look good, some women in the workplace do not realize the damage they are doing to their careers as well as to the careers of women all across America.
  32. 32. Page 32 Balancing Sexy and Prudence Today it is not uncommon for a women to dress up in a short skirt without stockings to draw attention to herself in the workplace. While this action may make her feel more confident about herself it will also significantly take away from any real talent or skill she may have to contribute to the work environment.
  33. 33. Page 33 Balancing Sexy and Prudence Maybe not all of the men will view her as an object of attraction, but some will. And this is enough to cause disruption and damage to her career.
  34. 34. Page 34 Balancing Sexy and Prudence In addition to the short skirts, many women wear tight shirts, trendy jewelry and heavy makeup to work. All of these things suggest the need to feel attractive rather than the desire to succeed at work. If a woman wears the same things to work that she would wear out to dinner on a date or to a club on the weekend, she should seriously reconsider her choices.
  35. 35. Page 35 Balancing Sexy and Prudence Women generally wear sexy and risqué clothing for 4 reasons: 1.The desire to feel and look sexy. The simple need to feel wanted. 2.To advance thru the ranks faster and achieve their career goals. 3. Insecurities about the perception of others. Am I really beautiful? 4.To make other women jealous.
  36. 36. Page 36 Balancing Sexy and Prudence Today’s corporate women have come a long way. Women in corporate America have more than proved themselves as well as excelled in all areas of the business environment. Although it has been a bumpy road over the last 40 years, the tempo and professional standards of the typical business office setting have improved dramatically, for both genders.
  37. 37. Page 37 Balancing Sexy and Prudence With those facts in mind, the average corporate professional woman should not feel as if she has to dress in a manor deemed risqué. She doesn’t have to. Women have demonstrated to be on an equal par with men relative to business decision making, Mgt., and executive roles. Her intelligence, opinions, and tenacity are her true attributes now sought after~
  38. 38. Page 38 Read the fine print. Companies with employees who have frequent client contact, who interface with the public, or those who simply interact amongst themselves, should have a written dress code to which managers and staff can refer. Therefore, when violations occur, one can not claim “I didn’t know”
  39. 39. Page 39 Genuine Smiles. Sincere Respect~
  40. 40. Page 40 Inappropriate Attire: ~Don’t make it a Tightrope~
  41. 41. Page 41 The Choices can be simple
  42. 42. Page 42 Inappropriate Attire: “Him” Unprofessional and suggestive
  43. 43. Page 43 Inappropriate Attire: “Him” Unprofessional and suggestive
  44. 44. Page 44 Business neckties:
  45. 45. Page 45 Inappropriate Attire: “Him” Unprofessional and Immature
  46. 46. Page 46 In-appropriate Attire: “Her”. To judge or not to judge, that is the question?
  47. 47. Page 47 Cleavage in the Office: Should it stay or should it go?
  48. 48. Page 48 Cleavage in the “The Office” Where do we draw the line? How do we achieve balance?
  49. 49. Page 49 In-appropriate Attire: Cleavage How far do you want to push it?
  50. 50. Page 50 In-appropriate Attire: Cleavage Unprofessional and highly suggestive
  51. 51. Page 51
  52. 52. Page 52 Just what is considered unreasonable cleavage for the office environment? What is the standard? The definition?
  53. 53. Page 53 Does this attire earn you respect & recognition in the office?
  54. 54. Page 54 These outfits from the previous slide are acceptable, maybe. They are not outrageous or over the top, they are however borderline to some degree, especially in a corporate/ client type office environment. Let’s face it, larger breasted women have without question bigger challenges when making daily attire decisions. Smaller chested women wearing the same clothing attire will probably not be as noticeable or obvious… Larger or smaller chested women, regardless, it all comes down to how much skin your flaunting.
  55. 55. Page 55 Using “Assets’ for an “Edge”
  56. 56. Page 56 Still confused as to what is a appropriate & in-appropriate in the office? Well, these attire selections are PERFECT~
  57. 57. Page 57 Ultimately guys, no matter the fruit before your eyes, resist the temptation, you can do it!
  58. 58. Page 58 Ladies: Sexy is welcome in the office, but don’t invite trouble~
  59. 59. Page 59 The rules of cleavage in the office. What to show and what not to..
  60. 60. Page 60 Just one missed blouse button and your “girls” can suddenly go from classy to trashy. Whether you meant to show off the goods on purpose or you’re just too busty to help it, learn how and when to give your cleavage its stage time with 6 common rules for best breast etiquette.
  61. 61. Page 61 In the United States, the average breast size has grown from a 34B to a 36C since the 1970s and clothing styles are smaller and snugger. “I don’t think women are stupid,” says author Elisabeth Squires, “I just don’t think anyone knows the rules.” No one has really given any firm direction or parameters to know the difference. To guide them as to what is proper and what isn’t proper.
  62. 62. Page 62 So therefore women often flaunt there “gifts” and don’t know when it is proper to “cover up”. And when they do “flaunt them”, corporate America gets all worked up and says things like “My goodness, look at her boobs hanging out all over the place”. Well damn it, give the girl some specifics and guidelines so she knows!
  63. 63. Page 63 Cleavage in the office can not be treated like porn, per se. This is not “I know it when I see it”. There has to be clear specific guidelines on any proper attire in the corporate office. Period.
  64. 64. Page 64 In some industries, it’s appropriate, in fact, required – to play up your cleavage: entertainment, fashion, Hooters, to name a few. Unless your career success rests on your chest, though, it's probably wiser to rely on your other assets at the office. If cleavage isn’t in your job description, don’t write it in.
  65. 65. Page 65 The general rule in the corporate office workplace is to not reveal more than an inch of cleavage. Give or take. Of course with different types of clothing that may be hard to maintain in terms of routine everyday body movement. Like the header says…it’s all about common sense.
  66. 66. Page 66 What constitutes proper business attire is, admittedly, a delicate and tricky judgment. It’s all about dressing for your clients/co-workers and sending a specific message about your personal image and the image of your company.
  67. 67. Page 67 The world of business attire has changed over the years. Thankfully we have many more options for looking professional and feeling confident without being forced to wear the proverbial suit. But along with the more relaxed business attire has come more exposure to skin. And we’re not talking just arms and legs here….
  68. 68. Page 68 Boob etiquette is best determined by what your female coworkers are wearing. When you reveal too much of the goods at work, your breasts are shouting, ‘Look at me, not my brains.’ Although cleavage will get you noticed, it’s not the best strategy to give you a push up the corporate ladder.
  69. 69. Page 69 Probably it is best to just say ‘no’ to cleavage in the work place, just as you might say ‘no’ to low-rise pants revealing sexy unmentionables and other areas south of the panty- line equator.
  70. 70. Page 70 I am not suggesting high collars and conservative frocks, but if you are serious about your professional presence, there are plenty of ways to highlight your femininity without showing too much skin. Work is about work, ladies. It’s not about…
  71. 71. Page 71 Today’s corporate American women should celebrate the fact that they no longer must dress like a man in order to be taken as seriously as a man in the workplace. It is thrilling that they have greater freedom to express themselves in their personal attire and that women have been able to adapt the styles put forth in our rather flamboyant & liberal culture that we live today.
  72. 72. Page 72 However, just because a fashion magazine or Oprah tells you that you can wear a leather bustier to work as long as you also pair it with a conservative blazer and pearls, does not mean it is a good idea. Because, it isn’t.
  73. 73. Page 73 You can be bold, brassy, and yes, sexy while being classy. As the saying goes, “check yourself before you wreck yourself,” because your co-workers respect will be lost even if you still have your job. No doubt.
  74. 74. Page 74 Women who gratuitously flaunt their cleavage or wear tight tops, are they a distraction? Are they looking for attention? Or are they simply just proud of their body and want to innocently just show it off?
  75. 75. Page 75 Are we holding tight to the label “stuffy American” that Europeans charge us with? Or are we justified in expressing our concern when the professional environment becomes a show-n-tell of sorts? The truth is if you want to be taken seriously, what you wear and how you wear it becomes the “decider”.
  76. 76. Page 76 I have heard some women say that showing cleavage is really irrelevant, if you’re good at what you do, and you’re professional, it shouldn’t matter.
  77. 77. Page 77 I humbly disagree. How you dress speaks volumes about you, and in the corporate world, dressing appropriately eliminates all doubt about promotions and why they’re given.
  78. 78. Page 78 Because we dress… for success!!
  79. 79. Page 79 Fashion sense Tip # 1 “Common Sense” and your “instincts” are your # 1 resource for selecting appropriate attire~
  80. 80. Page 80 You are dressing for the office, not accepting an award
  81. 81. Page 81 Dress like the weather girl! Now they have tough decisions.
  82. 82. Page 82 I will dress the way I want to. It is my right to do so.
  83. 83. Page 83 Actually and legally, it is not your right to dress as you see fit or deem. In the private or public sector, each corporate entity has the absolute right and authority to enforce individual attire standards they deem proper and in line with their visions of professional attire.
  84. 84. Page 84 Implementation of a standard dress code also does not infringe upon a person’s constitutional rights. Once you leave the office, your free to dress in any manor you may like.
  85. 85. Page 85 The Mini-Skirt Debate: “Her”
  86. 86. Page 86 Provocative. Simply, Too much skin. ~Maybe, you should just stay home~
  87. 87. Page 87 What is acceptable? This
  88. 88. Page 88 The general rules on mini skirts: The bare basics
  89. 89. Page 89 Mini Skirt Guidelines: Since the skirt is such an important element of your wardrobe, be certain it fits properly. A good fit means the waistband is loose enough to insert two fingers allowing it to turn easily; it does not crease or pull across the break of the leg and it hangs from the buttocks in a straight line and does not curve under. If you wear pleats, they should lay flat and not pull open.
  90. 90. Page 90 The Best Possible fit: If the skirt has pockets, they must remain closed in order to conform to your natural curve. Any tightness in your skirt spoils the total look and sends a careless message; it also draws people's attention to your waist or thighs, which is not where you want it in a business or corporate situation.
  91. 91. Page 91 When short is too short: Then comes the critical question of how short is too short for business? Most fashion magazines, movies and TV shows proclaim that the emphasis for working women is not on power shoulders but legs. This is a risky approach. Fortunately, women no longer allow themselves to be dictated to by the fashion industry about how long or short they should wear their skirts. Even the designers themselves have stated that fashion is no longer a matter of hemlines.
  92. 92. Page 92 When short is too short: This freedom allows women to select a hemline that is comfortable and flattering for them. Today almost any length is fashionable, and short skirts do have a place at the office...with some limitations. How women who wear mini-skirts will be viewed and reviewed by their male and female managers sometimes sets the stage for sexual harassment.
  93. 93. Page 93 When short is too short: In addition, a mini-skirt can be distracting and they are not user- friendly; it is very difficult to sit comfortably at a desk and it is almost impossible to bend over under any circumstances. However, you do have choices, guidance, and….common sense to make the right and tasteful choice when selecting a mini skirt for the office.
  94. 94. Page 94 When short is too short: Mini skirts do have a place in the corporate workplace environment and can achieve professional mixed with sexy without causing a distraction or unwanted attention.
  95. 95. Page 95 Why does this have to be complicated? There are solutions
  96. 96. Page 96 Complicated? Just look in the mirror and ask yourself: Do I look fine or am I crossing the line?
  97. 97. Page 97 The right skirt for you > When selecting a short skirt, remember that when you sit down your skirt shortens three inches. Therefore, a skirt that stops around the knee is appropriate for the office. To pinpoint the exact length on you that is both flattering as well as professional, stand up and make a circle with your two thumbs and index fingers and locate it around your kneecap.
  98. 98. Page 98 The right skirt for you > Any length at the circle, inside the circle or lower than the circle is appropriate. A hemline that is higher than the circle is probably too short and will draw people's attention to your legs instead of to your face where powerful eye contact occurs.
  99. 99. Page 99 “Skirt” the issue…… Very full, long swirling skirts are too social or casual for the business office. If you like this style, try one cut on the bias which will give you the movement without excess volume. Long pleated or semi- pleated skirts are a better option
  100. 100. Page 100 Fashion sense Tip # 2 “Does my Boss really value my intelligence and my attributes?”
  101. 101. Page 101 “Him and Her” Jeans dilemma? Never in the office
  102. 102. Page 102 “Appropriate Attire” “Him”
  103. 103. Page 103 Fashion sense Tip # 3 Ask yourself: “Does my attire selection embarrass me and the company?”
  104. 104. Page 104 “Appropriate Attire” “Him” Professional and Corporate
  105. 105. Page 105 “Appropriate Attire” “Him” Professional and Confident
  106. 106. Page 106 “Appropriate Attire” “Him” Professional and Casual
  107. 107. Page 107 Fashion sense Tip # 4 Make no mistake about it. A little cleavage on a woman is fine….”a little”. No male cleavage or signs of the chest area are ever acceptable. Dress shirts with no tie should be buttoned fully from the bottom to the second from the top and always tucked in.
  108. 108. Page 108 “Appropriate Attire” “Her”
  109. 109. Page 109 “Appropriate Attire” “Her” Professional and Corporate
  110. 110. Page 110 “Appropriate Attire” “Her” Professional and Corporate
  111. 111. Page 111 “Appropriate Attire” “Her” Corporate Business look
  112. 112. Page 112 “Appropriate Attire” “Her” Summer/ Winter business look
  113. 113. Page 113 “Appropriate Attire” “Her” Slightly revealing, but just fine
  114. 114. Page 114 “Him and Her” Corporate casual and professional
  115. 115. Page 115
  116. 116. Page 116 Don’t make the workplace all about you.
  117. 117. Page 117 Make it all about Us.
  118. 118. Page 118 Do we suggest dressing like the Queen of England? Goodness, NO!
  119. 119. Page 119 So. We have discussed appropriate attire in the office. Let’s talk about some other things that could be a problem <
  120. 120. Page 120 # 5- Body Fragrances: >That “smell is in the air”, and it “aint” Love <
  121. 121. Page 121 Body Fragrances: COOL IT! On the Perfume. Conservative splashes and just once in the AM~
  122. 122. Page 122 Body Fragrances: That includes the guys! If the ladies smell you halfway across the office, you will be talked about, and…not in “that” way….
  123. 123. Page 123 Body Fragrances: And…vise versa Ladies
  124. 124. Page 124 Is the smell of perfume or cologne acceptable in the workplace? Yes. Nothing wrong with smelling good. But don’t empty the bottle~
  125. 125. Page 125 Your cologne or perfume selection is what makes you unique, unique in yourself. But don’t “alienate” yourself from co-workers!
  126. 126. Page 126 In-appropriate Attire: “Her” Shoes & Boots
  127. 127. Page 127 Maybe “Inappropriate” at 9AM But not “Inappropriate” at 5PM It should be noted that images judged and commented on in this comprehensive review of inappropriate attire/ fashion as being “Acceptable” or Unacceptable” strictly apply to workplace employment in a general office/ corporate setting.
  128. 128. Page 128 Maybe “Inappropriate” at 9AM But not “Inappropriate” at 5PM Images labeled “unacceptable or inappropriate” very well maybe perfectly acceptable and tasteful in other workplace type environments and especially on the employee’s personal time. Morality and fashion is not the focus of this section, only the perception of offensive clothing that could create disruptions in the corporate workplace.
  129. 129. Page 129 "Impressions are Behaviors only you control" In-appropriate attire in the workplace can be a landmine subject for sure. High sensitivities and insecurities by some can make confronting a potential concern, explosive. It is vital that perceived standards and expectations on attire are outlined in depth with an employee before they are hired.
  130. 130. Page 130 "Impressions are Behaviors only you control" That way if a problem develops, already pre-existing policies can be referenced and enforced with little to dispute about. The fine line on “in-appropriate” attire can be tough to navigate and manage. However, most people know it when they see it, and so does the offending employee.
  131. 131. Page 131 If you want attention, you will receive it. However, there are always consequences <
  132. 132. Page 132 .. As well as the object of unwanted gossip or ridicule in the office
  133. 133. Page 133 “Impressions” are perceptions and behaviors you control.
  134. 134. Page 134 “How you dress and present your self is a direct reflection of yourself and the company image”
  135. 135. Page 135 “Being taken seriously and being taken for granted is the fine line when it comes to how you present yourself”
  136. 136. Page 136 I don’t care what the dress code policies are. I will dress the way I want!
  137. 137. Page 137 Did you hear me? I said I will dress the way I want and there is nothing you can do about it!
  138. 138. Page 138 Yeah, we heard you. Did you hear us? YOUR FIRED!!
  139. 139. Page 139 The Dress Code: A company implementing and enforcing a corporate dress code is a good thing. The dress code gives clear guidance, direction, and uniformity in the worker ranks. The employee’s looks or physical attributes do not have a role here, it doesn't matter, just as long as there is a good faith attempt to adhere to the attire protocols set forth by the employer.
  140. 140. Page 140 The objective is not to be humiliated or fired, it is to comply, be agreeable, and work together
  141. 141. Page 141 I am who I am, and I wont be harassed under any circumstance
  142. 142. Page 142 Harassing, punishing, demeaning, or terminating someone because of there physical attributes will lead to costly litigation and monetary awards. It could also lead to your own termination if it is shown you acted outside the scope of your legal authority.
  143. 143. Page 143 “Leadership is a key component to consistently enforcing a reasonable office business attire protocol”
  144. 144. Page 144 “Common Sense” Assess Your Work Environment: It has been shown that there is a direct correlation between inappropriate attire and the specter of sexual harassment. The seedlings of this behavior begin early with visual images that blossom and fuel into unwanted comments or behavior linked with sexual harassment.
  145. 145. Page 145 “Common Sense” Assess Your Work Environment: A woman or man who continues to dress in a provocative style still inexplicably deserves the right NOT to be harassed. However, in doing so, they might be inviting the problem on themselves and then left to wonder why this happened. There also could be other circumstances:
  146. 146. Page 146 “Common Sense” Assess Your Work Environment: Research data published in Psychology of Women Quarterly indicates that women in high-level positions who dress in what is seen as sexy attire are viewed as less competent--regardless of their skill sets. These women are passed over for promotions more often than their more modestly dresses female colleagues. Sometimes it is best just to look around your own office environment and see how the norm is.
  147. 147. Page 147 “Common Sense” Assess Your Work Environment: So is being overly conservative the key to advancing in the corporate office? Not necessarily. Although it can't hurt to err on the side of caution, asserting a little bit of individuality, flair, and personal style can boost your confidence, ability, and self- image. We must also point out that it is much harder for a woman, than a man to make appropriate attire decisions.
  148. 148. Page 148 “Common Sense” Assess Your Work Environment: Because of “biology” and other obvious cultural reasons, a woman has more to hide per se than their male counterparts. No female should ever be harassed because she has attractive features. The rule though is simple for both genders, follow the standards set in place. As elsewhere in your business, it pays to stay one step ahead of the expected.
  149. 149. Page 149 The common solution to any given problem is always, “Back to Basics”. It never fails. It reminds~
  150. 150. Page 150 Have Questions? Call your HR Dept.!
  151. 151. Page 151 We never want to hide who we are and we certainly do not suggest this in your daily clothing selections!
  152. 152. Page 152 Image Projected: Professional and Responsible
  153. 153. Page 153 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? Another potential problem
  154. 154. Page 154 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? Solutions & Answers:
  155. 155. Page 155 ALOHA!!
  156. 156. Page 156 The tropical roots of Casual Friday go back to at least 1947 in Hawaii, when the city of Honolulu allowed workers to wear the Aloha shirt part of the year. The term Aloha Friday dates from the 1960s, when the shirts were worn on Fridays instead of normal business attire. It may be seen as a corporate response attempting to raise worker morale in a sometimes stifling white- collar office environment.
  157. 157. Page 157 In the late 1970s, when the production of cheap clothing outside the United States became more widespread, there was a massive campaign by large clothing producers to make Casual Friday a weekly event
  158. 158. Page 158 Casual Friday along with dressing casually during the week became very prevalent during the Dot-com bubble of the late 1990s and early 2000s rooted in a relaxed California-based business culture. The day (also known as Dress-down Friday, or simply Casual day) is an American and Canadian trend which has spread to other parts of the world, wherein some offices may celebrate a semi-reprieve from the constrictions of a formal dress code.
  159. 159. Page 159 I never understood “Casual Friday”. I mean as corporate seasoned professionals, your telling me that you never have important business, important clients, or vital customers come into your office on a Friday? Everyday interacting with significant clients & customers requires the utmost business attire. Your not at the company barbeque!
  160. 160. Page 160 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? The top five complaints from city executives about office image and attire relative to Casual Friday:
  161. 161. Page 161 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? 1. Skin is never in. (50 percent of complaints) Showing skin is distracting. You have a better chance to be promoted or to keep your current job with proper attire rather than questionable attire. 2. Avoid hidden meanings in how you wear your clothes. (15 percent of complaints) Ever wish you could know what your Bosses think of you? You’d be surprised how often they start with the complaints first, which often times relate to your business image.
  162. 162. Page 162 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? 3. Party clothes for Friday night don’t start in the office. (15 percent of complaints) The smartest attire does not desperately cling to you. Avoid tight shirts or pants. Ladies should avoid the same figure-fitting clothes as well as the temptation to display your hard- working and fabulous feet with sky- high heels or shoes made mostly of straps.
  163. 163. Page 163 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? 4. Don’t make fabric “faux pas” (10 percent of complaints) It is easy to get confused with all the different fusions of fabrics offered today. In fact, some non- office friendly fabrics are hidden in plain site with office-style clothes in an attempt to push more fashion into the office.
  164. 164. Page 164 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? 5. Keep casual at home (10 percent of complaints) Dressing comfortably and dressing down are two different things. On first glance, clients might not think your ready to do your work if your dressed too casual. Some Bosses may resent your lack of respect for their own efforts to dress to policy. Remember, you are all part of the company image.
  165. 165. Page 165 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? Not the best choice for the office:
  166. 166. Page 166 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? You should be fired, plain & simple.
  167. 167. Page 167 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? Uhhhh, absolutely not
  168. 168. Page 168 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? This is just fine…I guess
  169. 169. Page 169 Casual Friday Gone Wrong? This is just fine…I guess
  170. 170. Page 170 The other problem with casual Friday is that research has definitively proven that wearing casual clothes that normally would not be allowed in the office environment affects your work attitude and performance. The employee, feeling sheer comfort, tends not to take his/her job as seriously as they should.
  171. 171. Page 171 Need a pillow?
  172. 172. Page 172 “Casual Friday” days can lead to “attire” issues. Stick with the norm
  173. 173. Page 173 Even “Barbie” knows how to dress for the corporate office!
  174. 174. Page 174 Working Together. The Goal
  175. 175. Page 175 ~Thank you for attending today’s presentation~

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