Every morning you get dressed and go to work. But have you ever thought about what your outfit is saying about you? We decode some of the more common work-wardrobe personalities.
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You're always untidy, your clothes never match and you look sloppy
A picture says a thousand words so if you go to work looking like you slept in your clothes it's not going to reflect well on your work ethic. From a manager's point of view, if you can't be bothered to get dressed properly, are you really going to be energetic about that big project coming up?
Dress tip: if nothing else, always wear clean clothes, invest in an iron and learn how to use it.
You're partial to wearing the same colour from head to toe always
Making a statement with colour can work well. But if you only ever wear bright red power suits and red pumps to work, sooner or later you're going to look like the Special K woman. Become known for wearing one colour and you could look like you're stuck in a rut to your boss.
Dress tip: mix your favourite colour in with other tonal shades. If red is your signature hue, try adding a red blazer to monochrome black and white, or team a scarlet belt over a camel-coloured dress.
You spend a fortune and only wear the latest and greatest
Keeping up with the trends shows that you're creative and interested in how you look, which should earn you brownie points with the boss. But be wary of looking like a fashion slave who is more interested in looking hip than knuckling down to get the job done.
Dress tip: keep your ultra fashion-forward pieces for after-work hours; your boss probably won't appreciate them anyway.
Dressing sexy is your mantra
Dressing to play up your assets makes for clever dressing, but if your work outfits are better placed in a nightclub, it's time to rethink. Plunging necklines and mini skirts will get you noticed in the office sure, but will they help with that promotion? Probably not.
Dress tip: keep those provocative clothes for after hours where they will no doubt work their charm.
You dig loud ties, loud shirts and loud suits
Adding a bit of flair to your office suit will help you stand out in a sea of blue suits and white shirts. But wearing Bugs Bunny on your tie can get you attention for all the wrong reasons at work; the words "office clown" come to mind.
Dress tip: if you want to look on top of your game, feel free to add bold colours, but keep those cartoon ties for a bad-taste party.
You don't own a pair of heels and you'd never be seen dead in a skirt suit
Conventional office dressing may not be your style, but be aware that many offices have dress codes. If your wardrobe is too "out there", you may come across as a rebel who is reluctant to fit into the office culture.
Dress tip: tame your inner boho and try to adapt your dress sense with what your office will accept.
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