Proper dress code is a must if you are in the corporate world or when you are at work or office. Being properly dressed commands respect and it somehow speaks and reflects the person that you are. There are a lot of formal dresses nowadays and all you have to do is choose which one best suits your style and taste.
At a time when women are equally comfortable chairing boardroom meetings, corporate dressing has taken a whole new direction.
Dressing styles now vary according to industry to reflect the culture and ethics of the work place – more conservative clothes, for example in banks, and more casual dressing in ad agencies. Casual Fridays is also catching up in corporate circles as a tool to make employees more comfortable with the organization and their colleagues.
Younger employees coming into the work force are more fashion conscious, and love to experiment with style even in formal wear. Dressing perfectly to work everyday is important for the complete look and feel for the employees.
Yes, the rules have changed, and we can get caught up in some corporate dressing confusion. Here are some tips on cracking the corporate dressing code from SM’s exclusive corporate wear labels, Alexane and Classics.
Power broker. Black and white striped A-line skirt, white woven shirt and black 2-button jacket
Time management. Black belted dress with high neckline and dolman sleeves
Read the fine print. Short sleeved button-down shirt with optical print.
- Treat your business clothing as an investment and choose wisely. Make sure you buy classic styles that suit your body shape, are comfortable, have quality workmanship and materials. SM has all the clothes that work – sleek jackets, straight skirts, pants, and shift dress.
- Dresses are in and in a big way, not only are they comfortable, they also exude sophistication and professionalism. A sheath dress works well even when worn just by itself, and you can choose to accessorize it. A jersey dress is the ultimate crease-free corporate wear, which doubles up as an evening dress when you dress it up with a sheer or trendy jacket.
- If your company has a more casual dress code, polo shirts, sports coats, and twill shirts will give a professional yet trendy appearance. Check out the collection of shirts from Alexane and Classics at the Ladies Wear Department.
- Whatever your style, always dress to impress. Always remember that people are one of the strongest expressions a company can have of its corporate brand, and impressions that people create do say a lot about the company’s work ethics or corporate brand image. And your dressing style bears great weight on the first impression you can create.
With the increasing number of choices in corporate dressing, you can not only look your part, but also exude immense confidence while feeling comfortable. The Alexane and Classics collection is available at the Ladies Wear Department of the SM Department Store.