What to wear to work is often a topic of conversation regardless of where you work. Some companies require uniforms, some have strict dress codes, and some have no dress code. Financial resources may differ among employees however professional attire can be found at Walmart and Target as well as at Nordstrom’s. Ultimately as an employee you should adhere to your company policy when selecting your work attire.
If you work in a field where clothing choices are left up to your discretion at minimum consider wearing business casual attire. Your clothes should be comfortable, neat, clean, and ironed. Your clothes should not be tight or revealing. Your clothes should also be free from rips and inappropriate logos/slogans, etc. Your current employer may frown upon you wearing apparel with logos that represent another company or that conflicts with their brand. I also recommend refraining from wearing sweatpants, leggings, athletic attire, flip flops, etc. to work unless you work in a gym or fitness facility.
When a suit is required ensure that it is pressed and fits properly. A pair of slacks and a blazer is also acceptable. Ladies a skirt, dress, and/or pants with a blazer is considered acceptable as well. Gentlemen if a tie is not required feel free wearing a collared shirt without a tie, a crew neck shirt, or a polo shirt. When shopping for suits don’t feel obligated to only buy a suit that is sold as a suit. You can create your own suit by pairing different pants/skirts with other blazers and shirts.
When a suit is not required consider a pair of slacks/pants with a clean and pressed shirt/blouse. When wearing jeans make sure they a free from tears and holes. Jeans should also fit neatly meaning they shouldn’t be too long or saggy. A nice shirt, blouse, or sweater can complement a pair of jeans. Sneakers may be optional in some work environments or you can play it safe with a simple pair of shoes or boots. You can also add a blazer to dress up your jeans.
When getting dressed for work people should consider the type of work environment that they primarily work in. For example, if you are a school teacher or work in an office setting you should refrain from wearing clothing that is more suitable for a night club. Some work environments (i.e. construction sites, shipyards, etc.) require employees to dress a certain way for safety reasons. Adhere to the safety guidelines for your company.
Whether right or wrong remember people are often judged by their appearance. Your attire does send a non-verbal message to your employer and your co-workers. When you select your attire for work take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself are you dressed appropriately for work? If your answer is yes you can expand on that style by adding different colors to your wardrobe. If your answer is no begin observing how others dress for work and emulate a combination of suitable attire. When your employer doesn’t have a dress code policy always strive for professionalism and respect when selecting your work attire.