Dress For The Job You Want, Not The One You Have

Isn’t that how the saying goes?  Like it or not, we live in a remarkably judgmental society, and whether we actually recognize it, we are all immediately judged by our appearance ...  Unless you work from home, and are writing up drafts and taking conference calls in the running shorts you just ran in. 

Dress codes and and grooming have become an unwritten rule of the workplace.  Because let’s face it, what you look like matters … no matter where you work.

www.TheSmokingGun.com posted the Hooters employee handbook on it’s site, which revealed that “Only approved Orange Hooters Girl Shorts are to be worn, sized to fit, and should NOT BE SO TIGHT THAT THE BUTTOCKS SHOW.”  Employers do in fact have dress and grooming codes in the employee handbook. 

So why is this at all important you ask? 

Employers have these standards and the ability to mandate uniforms, hair length, jewelry, and more, perhaps for safety’s sake, but mainly to run a business that attracts paying clients.  But let’s delve a little deeper.  The way you dress at work is one of the key components of shaping your professional image.  Because that’s how we want to be perceived, right?  Professional. 

Company dress codes routinely ban tank tops, halter tops, muscle shirts, clothing with foul language or obscene images on it, torn clothing, visible tattoos, sweatpants or sweat suits, flip-flops, and hats (among other items).  Lack of proper undergarments is simply taboo.  So is visible cleavage (unless you’re working at Hooters!)  Often times, we forget to be aware that jobs involving face-to-face client contact will almost always require a more professional look, no matter how casual Fridays are.

So dress the way you want to be perceived.  Be professional.  Stick to the dress code (if there is one).  You’ll hold yourself to a higher standard if you do.  Guaranteed. 

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