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Tips on Corporate wear

Tips on Corporate wear

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The Corporate world in today’s economy is hard driven and just as fast paced. With the rise and downfall of economy, everyone is in quite the rush to get to the top and make a name for themselves before it may get too late. For this, not only is knowledge, skill and experience required, but one would also have to look the part. In such a situation, looking professional, be it via mannerisms or dressing styles, is of utmost importance. Even more so, with the onslaught of globalisation in business. Working in a global company would mean having to interact with individuals from all around the world. While all this may seem good and brilliant chance to expand your connections, one would have to constantly remember that they are representing the company. With such a responsibility comes the constant reminder to maintain one’s appearance.
Corporate Fashion is fast becoming quite the trend and people are seeking ways to dress professionally while being fashionable at the same time. As previously mentioned, globalisation plays a major role in all things corporate. This would mean that in an Indian setting, the daily office wear is heavily influenced by mostly western fashion. Additionally, given that India has its own string culture, there might be many who find comfort in the average daily Indian wear. Sometimes, major events or functions in a corporate setting may also find many donning Indian attire. However, there is no hard and fast set of rules stating exactly what one must wear to work. This mainly depends on the setting within a company. It wouldn’t make sense to wear something like a decorated sari to a company where the employees usually dress casually. That being said, there are many companies, that even though they support and maybe even encourage casual wear within the office premises, when it comes to something important like a meeting with the shareholders, formal wear is advised and preferred. A company like Facebook might be a good example. One can often find the owner Mark Zuckerberg wearing his almost-trademark grey t-shirt and jeans. However, in some situations, like the court case in front of the US congress, he was dressed to the nines in a well fit suit coupled with a prim and proper tie.
Often, being in a hurry do make an impression can be quite a mistake. Often, we may make blunders that would seem like a stepping stone to a seemingly possible downfall. Following are some tips to avoid making such blunders.
For Women:
• Make-Up: Applying Make-up has become not just a norm, but a necessity of sorts. One should, however not overdo it. Going for a natural or even a bright shade of lipstick should depend upon the taste of the wearer. A suggestion would be to avoid usage of items such as false eyelashes, dramatic eye make-up or even over-usage of any make-up, be it blush, bronzer or high-lighter.
• Footwear: Wearing heels depends on your comfort. If flats are more suited to your tastes, by all means, go for it. If like many other women, you prefer heels over flats, a suggestion would be to go for it too. However, the height of the heels has to be kept in mind. Heels with too much height will just prove to be uncomfortable, painful and impractical.
• Accessories: No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories. Wearing an accessory should depend on the environment within the company. Usually, accessories worn with business attire are advised to be minimalistic and such that they don’t distract people around you.
• Clothing: Women have the opportunity to wear clothes of different ethnicities to work, be it western or Indian. However, Showing too much skin is a complete no-no. There are certain aspects of an attire to be kept in mind wile dressing for the office. The length of the skirt, the height of a slit, the depth of the neck etc. have to be carefully considered before stepping out. Carrying a jacket, coat, blazer or sweater would be advised in terms of possibility off needing to cover-up or practicality in case the office air gets a bit nippy.
• Personal Grooming: Wearing a subtle perfume and neatly trimmed nails is necessary. An over-powering perfume may compel people to avoid being around you. The hair, if coloured, should not be too eye-catching. Vibrant hair colours should be applied only after carefully observing the office surroundings to see if such colours would be positively welcomed.
• Fit: For women, the fit of their clothes isn’t always an issue because wearing loose or form-fitting clothes is a part and parcel of looking good and keeping up with trends. However, in a company, wearing form-fitting clothes is ill-advised and should preferably be avoided. A proper fit is the solution to all questions.

For Men:
• Suit: Wearing a suit to the company has become a norm and enables the wearer to exude an air of confidence. Every man should own at-least one set of suit in his wardrobe. More than one, if he aims to wear it to the office. However, it has to be kept in mind that a two-piece suit if worn to work while a three-piece suit is reserved for weddings and other grand formal events.
• Shirts: in case a Suit or a blazer may seem to be too much, a long sleeved formal shirt is the perfect replacement. The sleeve length should be strictly full-sleeved. Any length shorter than that is edging close to casual territory. The shirt has to be properly ironed and worn with the proper pair of trousers.
• Ties: Ties can prove to be your most faithful comrade. An entire ensemble will look completely different with just a different coloured tie. This will allow you to be able to survive with just a few pieces of clothing in your wardrobe.
• Footwear: Selecting the right pair of shoes to wear along with your ensemble is just as important as any other step. Wearing sports shoes with your suit would be impractical and would look just plain silly. The best decision would be to invest in a good pair of dress shoes. Oxford Shoes are often the best choice as they go along with any outfit regardless of whether you are wearing a suit/blazer or not. Socks should always be a shade lighter than the trousers worn with a well working elastic band.
• Fit: Whatever the attire you choose to wear, make sure it is a proper fit. Loose clothing will make you look like a slob, un-trustworthy and lazy. At the same time, too tight clothes will make you look overly arrogant and un-classy. A proper fit, especially in case of a suit is the best option to go along with. It will help maintain an elegant and classy appearance.
• Personal Grooming: No matter how great the outfit looks, it will have no effect if you look like George of the Jungle. Keeping your beard groomed and having a neat and well-maintained hairstyle is of equal importance. In that line, wearing a decent perfume or deodorant is also advised.
Regardless of what is to be worn, one has to constantly keep in mind that he/she is representing the company they work for and accordingly dress themselves. If a company encourages creativity and colours, the employees would be better off dressing themselves accordingly. A pro-tip would be to carefully observe your colleagues around you. Be doing so, it will be easier for you to understand what attire is accepted and what is not accepted within the company. Observing your superiors would be an even better choice as they most likely have been in the company longer and have already discovered the tips on how to dress themselves along the way. Dress for the job you want to have, not for the job you already have.

The Corporate world in today’s economy is hard-driven and just as fast-paced. With the rise and downfall of the economy, everyone is in quite the rush to get to the top and make a name for themselves before it may get too late. For this, not only is the knowledge, skill, and experience required, but one would also have to look the part. In such a situation, looking professional, be it via mannerisms or dressing styles, is of utmost importance. Even more so, with the onslaught of globalization in business. Working in a global company would mean having to interact with individuals from all around the world. While all this may seem good and brilliant chance to expand your connections, one would have to constantly remember that they are representing the company. With such responsibility comes the constant reminder to maintain one’s appearance.
Corporate Fashion is fast becoming quite the trend and people are seeking ways to dress professionally while being fashionable at the same time. As previously mentioned, globalization plays a major role in all things corporate. This would mean that in an Indian setting, the daily office wear is heavily influenced by mostly western fashion. Additionally, given that India has its own strong culture, there might be many who find comfort in the average daily Indian wear. Sometimes, major events or functions in a corporate setting may also find many donning Indian attire. However, there is no hard and fast set of rules stating exactly what one must wear to work. This mainly depends on the setting within a company. It wouldn’t make sense to wear something like a decorated sari to a company where the employees usually dress casually. That being said, there are many companies, that even though they support and maybe even encourage casual wear within the office premises when it comes to something important like a meeting with the shareholders, formal wear is advised and preferred. A company like Facebook might be a good example. One can often find the owner Mark Zuckerberg wearing his almost-trademark grey t-shirt and jeans. However, in some situations, like the court case in front of the US congress, he was dressed to the nines in a well-fit suit coupled with a prim and proper tie.
Often, being in a hurry do make an impression can be quite a mistake. Often, we may make blunders that would seem like a stepping stone to a seemingly possible downfall. Following are some tips to avoid making such blunders.
For Women:
• Make-Up: Applying Make-up has become not just a norm, but a necessity of sorts. One should, however not overdo it. Going for a natural or even a bright shade of lipstick should depend upon the taste of the wearer. A suggestion would be to avoid usage of items such as false eyelashes, dramatic eye make-up or even over-usage of any make-up, be it blush, bronzer or highlighter.
• Footwear: Wearing heels depends on your comfort. If flats are more suited to your tastes, by all means, go for it. If like many other women, you prefer heels over flats, a suggestion would be to go for it too. However, the height of the heels has to be kept in mind. Heels with too much height will just prove to be uncomfortable, painful and impractical.
• Accessories: No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories. Wearing an accessory should depend on the environment within the company. Usually, accessories worn with business attire are advised to be minimalistic and such that they don’t distract people around you.
• Clothing: Women have the opportunity to wear clothes of different ethnicities to work, be it western or Indian. However, Showing too much skin is a complete no-no. There are certain aspects of an attire to be kept in mind while dressing for the office. The length of the skirt, the height of a slit, the depth of the neck, etc. have to be carefully considered before stepping out. Carrying a jacket, coat, blazer or sweater would be advised in terms of possibility off needing to cover-up or practicality in case the office air gets a bit nippy.
• Personal Grooming: Wearing a subtle perfume and neatly trimmed nails are necessary. An over-powering perfume may compel people to avoid being around you. The hair, if colored, should not be too eye-catching. Vibrant hair colors should be applied only after carefully observing the office surroundings to see if such colors would be positively welcomed.
• Fit: For women, the fit of their clothes isn’t always an issue because wearing loose or form-fitting clothes is a part and parcel of looking good and keeping up with trends. However, in a company, wearing form-fitting clothes is ill-advised and should preferably be avoided. A proper fit is a solution to all questions.

For Men:
• Suit: Wearing a suit to the company has become a norm and enables the wearer to exude an air of confidence. Every man should own at least one set of a suit in his wardrobe. More than one, if he aims to wear it to the office. However, it has to be kept in mind that a two-piece suit if worn to work while a three-piece suit is reserved for weddings and other grand formal events.
• Shirts: in case a Suit or a blazer may seem to be too much, a long-sleeved formal shirt is a perfect replacement. The sleeve length should be strictly full-sleeved. Any length shorter than that is edging close to casual territory. The shirt has to be properly ironed and worn with the proper pair of trousers.
• Ties: Ties can prove to be your most faithful comrade. An entire ensemble will look completely different with just a different colored tie. This will allow you to be able to survive with just a few pieces of clothing in your wardrobe.
• Footwear: Selecting the right pair of shoes to wear along with your ensemble is just as important as any other step. Wearing sports shoes with your suit would be impractical and would look just plain silly. The best decision would be to invest in a good pair of dress shoes. Oxford Shoes are often the best choice as they go along with any outfit regardless of whether you are wearing a suit/blazer or not. Socks should always be a shade lighter than the trousers worn with a well working elastic band.
• Fit: Whatever the attire you choose to wear, make sure it is a proper fit. Loose clothing will make you look like a slob, un-trustworthy and lazy. At the same time, too tight clothes will make you look overly arrogant and un-classy. A proper fit, especially in case of a suit is the best option to go along with. It will help maintain an elegant and classy appearance.
• Personal Grooming: No matter how great the outfit looks, it will have no effect if you look like George of the Jungle. Keeping your beard groomed and having a neat and well-maintained hairstyle is of equal importance. In that line, wearing a decent perfume or deodorant is also advised.
Regardless of what is to be worn, one has to constantly keep in mind that he/she is representing the company they work for and accordingly dress. If a company encourages creativity and colors, the employees would be better off dressing accordingly. A pro-tip would be to carefully observe your colleagues around you. Be doing so, it will be easier for you to understand what attire is accepted and what is not accepted within the company. Observing your superiors would be an even better choice as they most likely have been in the company longer and have already discovered the tips on how to dress along the way. Dress for the job you want to have, not for the job you already have.

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