What a great time we live in, more and more companies are letting employees dress casually, wearing whatever they want really. Isn’t that great?

Well, no.


You still have to dress for success. Sorry. While a dress code might not be rigidly enforced, people will always judge you by what you are wearing.


The way you dress is an indication of how you think.

You’ve heard the old saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” right? Same thing. It’s human nature to judge you based on appearances. If you’re a sloppy dresser, it’s assumed you’re a sloppy thinker. When you see someone sharply dressed, you’re much more likely to give that person respect.


The person that is well dressed cares about the image of the company.


Even little things, an un-ironed shirt, uncut nails, a bad shave, can give the wrong impression. So the new, “hip”, corporate culture is to dress casually, but the old rules are still there, they’re just secret now. The nature of the business world is still the same. It’s now set up like a trap. And some companies definitely use it as a test; “When left alone to establish their own values, will they match up with our internal company values?”


The truth is that no company, regardless of industry, wants poorly dressed slobs. That’s obvious right?


And Don’t Get Me Started On Being Trendy…

Unless you’re working in the fashion industry, “trendy” is for the weekends, not the workplace. Even though the Western world has gone bat-shit crazy with special snowflake syndrome and personal expression with piercings, tattoos, dyed hair, etc, the office does not follow that line of thinking.


The more conservative your appearance, the more you will be regarded as a dependable and solid thinker.


Pro Tip: Match, as closely as possible, the style of those at the top.


Just because it’s not mandatory to wear a suit to the office, doesn’t mean it’s allowed to look like a wayward vagabond.

  • Iron your clothes
  • Be well groomed
  • Be well put together


When you understand that the values a company displays are NOT the same values that they run by, you’ll be on your way to the top.


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