Monday, August 21, 2006

Dress for Success

First impressions counts and even geeks using to wearing Ts must take heed.

Dress codes vary greatly from company to company, as different working environments demand different styles of attire.

Since the dot-com craze began, work clothes have become more casual. It started when many Silicon Valley firms found that their employees worked better in relaxed clothing, than in stiffer, more traditional work wear, and so they adopted this casual look as their daily work attire.

Most companies now have a casual Friday. At first, casual work wear meant a dress shirt and trousers with a sports coat. Then, just a shirt or sweater and pants, until it hit what is seen in many companies today: T-shirts and shorts.

Because there has been no clear defining of what 'casual wear ' meant, there has been some confusion.

Even if the modus operandi is to wear casual clothes, its time to get dressed up again- to stand out.

Spit-shined, high quality shoes and a professionally tailored suit are immediately apparent to anyone who must wear a suit every day.

Power and money and image is important. So an elegant look does count to be taken seriously.

Snappy clothes will also help you bestow a good first impression. This is crucial when meeting with clients, as well as new people within the company.

A well put together outfit also delivers the subtler message that you pay great attention to detail. It suggests that if you put so much effort into your image, you're probably just as meticulous in your work.

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