The clothing that is chosen to wear to work is often referred to as workplace fashion. As with other situations in life many people in the workplace seem to be interested in the latest fashion trends and styles. Depending upon your career choice this could help you or harm you. Read on to get an explanation of why I am making this statement.
For women wearing the latest styles and fashions may help them get a lot of compliments but it could also make people think that you are more concerned with being trendy than with looking professional, so you need to maintain somewhat of a balance. For men, unless they are in a trendy fashion store or coffee shop they are usually expected to dress in a business like manner.
The reason I mentioned above that it depends upon your career choice is because if you work in a retail clothing store that sells the latest fashions they will actually encourage you to wear the latest styles. Working in a more professional or corporate environment you may need to dress more professionally and wear more conservative suits and other professional wear.
You also need to examine whether a certain trend or style is actually conducive to your work environment. If certain dresses or skirts are in style that may work well in an office environment but not so much if you are in a work environment in which you are required to do a lot of physical activity.
Something I have seen that is very popular among women realtors in my area is that they wear a business suit with a camisole or even a fashionable tank top underneath it. While this may work in some environments it may be totally frowned upon in a law office for example. You want to wear clothing that will not be deemed inappropriate or it could affect your chances for upward mobility.
Wearing the latest fashions and styles can be fun, but as I said it can also be detrimental in certain work environments. In a trendy fashion store you will probably get compliments but in a professional office you may have people talking behind your back about it. You have to ask yourself if it is worth staying up with the latest fashion trends if it means that it is going to adversely affect your reputation.
I a place like a law office or other professional environment more emphasis should be placed on being conservative and professional than being trendy if you want to be taken more seriously. If you have spent years trying to get to the point where people admire and respect you, you don't want to throw it away just to be fashionable.
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