Some companies, on certain days, relax their requirement for attire. Business offices that usually have a professional dress code Monday through Thursday often engage in the practice of “Dress Down Fridays”, which are also known as “Casual Fridays”, in which employees and management alike are welcome to wear the clothing they choose, within respectable limits. These casual days make jeans, sweaters, polo shirts, and even sneakers acceptable garb for the office. It has been found that employees that are comfortable and relaxed are happier and more productive.
Some businesses have a casual dress code every day of the week. For example, it is common for Internet based companies to have a relaxed or casual code for attire. Business casual does not consist of suits and ties but more dress pants and nice shirts. Companies that have even more lax codes may allow shorts, t-shirts, and sandals as accepted work wear. The dress code will always depend on the management and the company’s internal policies.
Formal business attire is usually reserved for company’s that see clients and deal with large financial transactions on a daily basis such as banks, investment firms, and attorneys. Usually, men are restricted to suits and ties, sometimes ranging to sweaters and pants, for accepted business attire. Women have a broader range when it comes to dressing for work. Women’s wear includes suits, dresses, blouses, pants, and skirts. Formal business attire exudes an air of authority, success, and professionalism.
It is wise to remember that your appearance is the first impression that employers, clients, and colleagues will have of you. The more professional and respectable you dress, the more of a positive impression you will leave. For example, if an employer interviews a prospective employee with the highest qualifications and education level, but who came in to the interview wearing casual clothing and looking disheveled, there is a good chance that he or she may not get the job. Furthermore, the slightly lesser qualified hopeful may be offered the job, simply because he or she was dressed to fit the part a little more.
Remember, if it is best to overdress for your job interview, the first day of work, or to meet clients and colleagues. Business attire is always a wise choice when in doubt. Once you are fully aware of the dress policy or dress code of your office, colleague office, or situation, feel free to adjust your wardrobe accordingly. Always make the best first impression possible, your career and success will greatly benefit from it.