Your workplace appearance reflects your professionalism. Employers, coworkers and clients judge you by the way you dress just as you judge others by the way they dress. You would probably think twice about visiting a dentist wearing a dingy, hair-covered lab coat. Showing that you can follow rules can make it easier for people to trust tour judgment. You don’t have to agree with every dress code norm, but understanding why they exist can make you more competitive.
Dress a level up
Perception is critical in the workplace. Dressing as if you already are the boss indicates your desire for upward mobility. However, it is also important not to go overboard as out-dressing some managers makes them look bad or feel angry. Like it or not, people are judgmental and do not like sharing the spotlight with worthy competition. It is advisable to stake out what typical workplace attire is at your intended workplace. For example, dressing a level up may mean sporting the trendiest graphic tee for a visual artist in Santa Monica, CA.
Iron your clothing-or at least throw them in the dryer to knock out the wrinkles.
Ironing takes time and precision. A proper job indicates that you allocate your time wisely. That you didn’t wake up at the last minute and think, “Oh yeah, I have a job interview in 20 minutes.” Employers desire employees who stay prepared-not ones who procrastinate.
Cover up your tattoos
Although tattoos are more socially acceptable, the professional workplace is no place to showcase them (unless you work in a tattoo or piercing shop). The general public doesn’t care to see the aftermath of a Saturday night gone wrong or hear about the personal attachments you have to your “awesome” tattoos. Having a tattoo doesn’t make you a bad person. In fact, it may indicate that you are a sweet guy who really loves his mom or a daring girl who just wants to feel free. But, professional behavior will not always feel comfortable but it is a necessary evil-for those who want to set the proper tone in the workplace.
Cover your body
Summer heat is no excuse for inappropriate amounts of skin. If you have to second-guess your attire, you probably should not wear it to a professional place. Your workplace is not a club or the beach. Save your play clothes for play. Ask yourself if it is really worth it to endure those sideways glances and eye rolls for the sake of showing more skin? (If your answer is yes, a reevaluation of priorities is in order.)