Whether you like it or not, the way you look plays a role in your success in the modern workplace.
“The problem with appearance is that it translates to performance,” says Nicole Williams, a career expert at LinkedIn. “Even if your boss doesn't think that they're thinking any less of you, they will subconsciously think it.
“When you don't fit in, you're not as accepted and welcomed.”
And at some point, this could hurt your chances of getting a promotion. In today's workplace, where casual wear is becoming increasingly popular, it can be tricky to understand the rules of appearance. We talked to career and etiquette experts to get a better idea.
Don't be too sexy
Not only is wearing inappropriate clothing distracting, it can also give off an inaccurate impression. Avoid too-short hemlines, too-tall heels, plunging necklines, and exposed under garments. “A lot of women are oversexualized in the office,” says Williams. “You can wear a V-neck shirt, but make sure you keep your legs covered. People end up discrediting themselves by looking too provocative.” So what do you want to be remembered for? What you wore or what you said?
Wearing nude pantyhose is hip
Ever since Kate Middleton started wearing pantyhose in public, it quickly became stylish again. It gives you a more finished look.
Get regular pedicures
Williams tells us one of her biggest pet peeves is when women wear open-toed shoes without getting pedicures. “If you're going to show your toes, make sure your toes are well-groomed,” she says.
Accessories are meant to complement your outfit, not overpower it. “I once met a woman who had a ring on every finger,” Pachter says. “You couldn't look at anything else.”
Your jewellery shouldn't make noise
It's really distracting when someone's dangly bangles make noises when they move their arms, says Williams.