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					Dress Codes
A Dress to Success Test
1.   Casual dress on Fridays means that
     my attitude and language can be
     casual too.
2.   Business casual means a man's shirt
     should have a collar.
3.   If a man does not have time to shave
     in the morning before work he should
     keep an electric razor in his desk
     drawer.
4. It's perfectly okay to ask a well
   dressed professional where they got
   their clothes and how much they
   paid.
5. I can smoke in my own office even if
   the building is non-smoking.
6. If a co-worker is dressing
   inappropriately at work, I have a
   responsibility to tell them.
7. If I have to attend a formal function in
   the evening, it is perfectly acceptable
   to wear my formal clothes during the
   day.
8. It cannot be construed as sexual
 harassment if I comment on co-
 workers appearance whether man or
 woman.
9. Everyone should know that good
  grooming is an intrinsic part of any
  workplace dress code.
10. Chewing gum is a good habit to get
  into if you want to keep fresh breath.
Hats

   Always remove your hat when indoors.
    Even business casual means that your
    baseball cap stays at home. Hats
    should not be worn in restaurants,
    meetings, church, receptions or
    places of work. It is a sign of
    disrespect. EXCEPTIONS: Indoor
    sporting events or for religious
    reasons.
Do not wear open toes, sleeveless or
revealing clothing in situations where
a sit-down meal is being served or if
you'll be in contact with clients. This
includes associates homes, weddings,
special events, the workplace or
restaurants.
Casual Clothing

   "Casual" includes: khakis, sport
    shirts, sweaters, slacks, blouses and
    skirts. The kind of clothes you'd wear
    shopping or to the bank.
    (Some people get casual confused with
    very informal or "play" clothes like tank
    tops, cut offs, bathing suits, or t-shirts
    which should only be worn around the
    house or for "play.“)
   Typically business casual means a tie
    is not required, however a collar is.
    Don't forget, casual clothes don't
    mean casual manners. Business
    people who dress business casual
    should remember that they will be in
    contact with clients who will make
    first impressions.
   In the business arena it is much safer
    to be overdressed then underdressed.
   In determining what to wear each
    morning, take a minute to assess the
    role you will be playing that day. The
    level of formality depends on whom
    you are interacting with and what your
    responsibilities will be.
   Less is more when it comes to make-
    up, jewelry and perfume. You can
    make a statement about your style
    without being excessive. Most
    business people do not appreciate
    "trends" like facial hair, piercing or
    body tattoos. Hair color should be
    natural and neat and clean.
   Do not chew gum. It is noisy and
    looks bad. If you are worried about
    bad breath, brush your teeth often and
    carry mints.
Questions to ask yourself:
   Does this clothing fit me properly? Is it too tight,
    too loose or too short?

    Does this article of clothing, pair of shoes,
    handbag etc look worn out or outdated? (You
    should not wear garments that are torn, patched or
    obviously mended to work - ever!)

    Am I dressed appropriately for my position and
    responsibilities? Do not wear sneakers, tank tops,
    tee shirts or revealing clothing to work if you hope
    to gain the respect of your clients, peers or higher
    ups.
One Final Hint:


    Dress as though you hold a position
    higher in rank than where you actually
    are in the company.

    Dress for success!
Formality of the Occasion

   Semi-Formal
    A business suit and tie for men and a
    business suit for women is appropriate.

    Semi-formal attire is appropriate for
    any business function where attire was
    not specified. Men should choose
    conservative ties, no cartoons or loud
    patterns.
   Formal
    A dark suit and tie for men and a dressy
    business suit for women is appropriate.
    Women may also wear dresses or pantsuits.
    The rule is generally that the more formal the
    event, the more covered up a woman should
    dress. Take a wrap or dress jacket if you go
    strappy or sleeveless. Choose dress fabrics
    like velvet or silk which you would of course
    not wear to work.
   Cocktail
    Business dress for men is always
    appropriate. A jacket and tie should be
    worn for the duration of the function.
    Women may choose "cocktail" suits,
    shorter dresses or dressy pants. The
    mood is generally light-hearted unless
    the invitation states "formal-cocktail
    reception”.

				
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