Dressing for Work

You’ve probably heard that saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” For women in college, dressing appropriately is an important first step in gaining credibility at work. It’s also a chance to show your style and personality!
Let’s take a look at some of the different industries and what would be considered appropriate and fashion-forward on the job.
• Office
Generally speaking, dressing for work in an office environment is a little more on the formal side. Avoid bare toes, cleavage, denim, heavy make-up and sundresses. But it doesn’t have to be dull and boring! Jazz up an office look by adding a subtle animal print here and there, red lipstick, and trendy jewelry. An alternative to suit jackets is a colorful cardigan and printed scarf. But remember, a little personality goes a long way in the office.
• Creative
Examples of creative work environments are a photographer’s studio, graphic design firm or a fashion magazine. Usually, these creative work spaces are also offices, but the rules there are not as rigid. On-trend dressy shorts with flats would work well here. Don’t forget some finishing touches that show off your creativity, such as a braided headband or the latest nail art. Your best rule of thumb is what your superiors are wearing to work. Do they wear jeans and flip flops every day? Great! But hold off on the platform sandals
• Uniform
We know what you’re thinking here – boring! Well, yes, wearing a uniform to work every day is not quite as fun for a fashion savvy gal like yourself. However, there are stylish options for this work environment as well. Healthcare “scrubs” now come in a wide variety of styles and colors. You can get uniforms with contrast-colored trim, more flattering cuts such as a top that wraps and cute prints. Finally, take advantage of any trainings, conferences or dinners to break out your civilian wardrobe!

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