Vincy Workplace
January 8, 2016
Four big wardrobe mistakes in the workplace

No matter what we may say, appearance matters. Once first impressions are made, it’s a herculean task to overcome them, especially when they’re negative. In addition, it’s important to dress for the position you want, so colleagues can begin to see you in that light.

Unfortunately, some of the attire that is currently passing as clothing leaves nothing to the imagination. Clothing for the work environment need not be ultra conservative, but it should not look like a competition to attract the opposite sex or a race to keep up with the latest trends.

Although a construction worker, banker and radio personality all have different wardrobe standards, there are still some basics to follow.


Tips for Women

Mistake 1. Size matters. The most common mistakes women make when dressing is to wear clothing too short, too tight or cut too deep in the chest line. Tight or revealing clothing should be reserved for after work. A woman can look beautiful by choosing clothing that compliments her looks, without trying to overemphasize what she thinks are her finer points.

Mistake 2. Be able to move. Skirts should be long enough so movement is not restricted and you should be able to bend over without exposing your rear end. The general rule of thumb for skirt lengths is no more than 2-3 inches above the knee.


Tips for Men

 Mistake 3. Tame the mane. Yes, times have changed, but that does not mean uncombed hair should be acceptable because it’s trendy. If you choose to wear the dreadlock look, make sure it’s not matted or even falling out because of bald spots.

Mistake 4. Belts are still fashionable. A belt completes the outfit, and wearing one’s pants intentionally way below the waistline is repulsive.

Dressing appropriately for the workplace is like playing on a team with a uniform. It’s a game, and at the end of the workday you are free to do whatever you wish.


Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to 

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