Dressing for work can be far from fun. Let’s face it, with dress code restrictions and trying to look professional it can be a struggle and believe it or not, how you dress plays a role in your success in the workplace.

In today’s workplace, where casual wear is becoming more popular, it can be tricky to put together a work appropriate outfit. I rounded up 8 rules/tips every professional should follow. 


  1. Make sure your clothes fit: This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people get this wrong. If your clothes don’t fit, then they’re probably not going to look good. 
  2. Don’t wear strong perfume/cologne: Believe me, you don’t want to be labeled the girl/guy that smells like a perfume counter. Keep it subtle and don’t overspray. Be mindful of others allergies and sensitivities to smells.
  3. Avoid flashy or neon colored clothes: Clothes that are too flashy can be distracting and seem like you’re screaming for attention. You can still have fun with your outfits like incorporating bold colors and prints but keep it to a minimum.
  4. Don’t be to sexy: Not only is wearing inappropriate clothing distracting, it can also give off a wrong impression about you. Avoid wearing short hemlines, too tall heels, exposed underwear and plunging necklines. 
  5. Your jewelry shouldn’t make noise: I can’t tell you how distracting and quite annoying this is! Wearing jewelry like stacked bracelets and bangles on your arm while you type constantly bangs against your desk making so much noise for everyone else in the office.
  6. Wear well-kept, polished shoes: Make sure your shoes are comfortable and in good condition. You never want to wear uncomfortable shoes because you never know if you’ll need to be up on your feet all day.
  7. Pay attention to your bag/belongings: Always make sure your personal things aren’t showing or falling out of your bag for everyone to see. These things are personal after all so why parade them around the office?
  8. Understand what’s appropriate in your industry: If your company has a dress code, follow it. But some jobs require you to wear other things like “Casual Fridays” or “T-shirt Thursdays”. So, make sure you know the rules and guidelines within your industry because not every company is the same.

I hope these short little tips help you dress appropriately for work or your upcoming interview! Let me know if you have any other tips to add, in the comment section below.

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