3 things you should know about dress codes

1 Sartorial style
Dress up, dress down? Casual, smart? Suit and tie, open-necked shirts? Figuring out what you should wear to work can sometimes be difficult. What you are expected to wear to work will depend on the type of company you work for. For the majority of organisations around the world, a suit is the norm, especially if you have any client contact. However, many companies have introduced dress-down policies for staff in order to create a more relaxed working environment. 

2 Not too casual
Even if your company has a dress-down policy, it probably won’t mean that you can turn up to work dressed in shorts and t-shirt, or ripped jeans and a vest top. Ultimately, you are a professional, most likely working in a professional environment. A dress-down policy won’t give you carte blanche to wear anything you like. Semi-smart trousers or skirts, and a buttoned shirt or blouse will give you the casual look without looking like you’re going to the beach. 

3 Model employee
Turning up for work on your first day, wearing something completely unsuitable could scar your working career for life. Pay attention to your surroundings during the interview process to see what people around you are wearing. It is also a good idea to check whether there is a company dress code before you start. Once you’re there, exercise good judgment in your clothing choices. Perhaps novelty ties, midriff tops or band t-shirts are more appropriate for weekends?