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What to Wear to Work for an Office / Administrative Job

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What to Wear to Work for an Office / Administrative Job
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Many offices have extremely specific and conservative dress codes. When you are hired, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with them. It is also helpful to observe what your colleagues and supervisors wear on a daily basis.

Stick to the Dress Code

For the first few months, it is advisable to stick strictly to the dress code as written, even if you notice that your colleagues take some liberties. You don't want your choices in dress to make you stand out in a negative way, especially when you are still establishing yourself within the office environment.

Men's Office Attire

Most administrative offices expect business attire, but that doesn't necessarily mean a black, navy, or grey suit every day. Men may have the choice of a suit in any conservative color, or dress slacks and a coordinating blazer as well. Always wear a shirt and tie, which again, may be slightly more fashion forward as you observe what your colleagues and management wear. Always wear dark socks, and make sure your shoes are polished.

Women's Office Attire

Women may have the choice of a skirt, pant, or dress suit, or coordinating dress slacks, skirt, or dress, and blazer. A blouse, sweater, or twinset can be appropriate. Hosiery and polished closed toe shoes are always a requirement. Tattoos should always be covered, and piercings minimized.

Keep Your Accessories Simple

Jewelry, make-up, hairstyles, and accessories such as handbags and scarves, should be conservative, but can reflect individual style.

Have a Question About What to Wear?

Your employee handbook and your supervisor can provide answers to any specific questions you may have. Check before you start work, so you are sure that you are dressed appropriately for your first day on the job.

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