How to Pass the Professional Dress Test

Appearance is more than just good looks.

3 Things to Do:

  1. Keep your hands and fingernails well-groomed. (Hands were reported as the most noticed feature on the opposite gender.)
  2. Always have fresh breath.
  3. Wear clothes that fit.

3 Things NOT to Do:

  1. Never wear wrinkled clothes.
  2. Avoid trying out the latest trend.
  3. Do not wear worn out or scuffed shoes. (Shoes were the second most noticed feature about a person’s appearance.)

Checklist for Women:

  • Skirts should be knee length
  • No bra straps showing
  • No tube tops, halter tops, or spaghettis straps unless a jacket is worn over them at ALL times
  • Keep make up neutral
  • Closed-toe shoes are preferred over open-toed shoes

Checklist for Men:

  • Make sure your shoes match your belt
  • When using a tie, make sure it is properly and evenly tied
  • Never wear white socks to work
  • Do not wear wrinkled shirts, slacks or suits

In the Spirit of Success,

Amanda Johns Vaden
Corporate Partner and Program Director
ajohns@southwesternconsulting.com

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