Dress code Design – Tips and Guidelines
- “Good clothes open all doors.” -Thomas Fuller
- The way your staff dress, sends a message about the professionalism, quality and reliability of your organisation .
- Leaders set the example when it comes to what is acceptable in the organisation and the same applies for their dress code.
- The basics of a wardrobe should be your biggest investment, these include the classics i.e. white collar shirt, black fitted jacket etc. They last longer and can match many other items.
- “For the apparel oft proclaims the man” -William Shakespeare
- For a sophisticated, styled and strong look ensure that the belt, shoes and the bag/ briefcase match.
- When we dress well, we communicate messages of self- respect and personal value.
- There are three main categories when getting dressed for business:
Formal business wear – for external engagements, invoking trust and professionalism.
Business everyday wear – less formal however still smart i.e. a suit with no tie or a skirt suit of a lighter shade.
Business Casual – this attire can be worn on Fridays or on golf days to ensure a professional yet relaxed look.
- When you dress well you are more confident. Confidence is linked to greater productivity and competency.
- “Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart.” – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
- Self-Expression is important, but style can still conform to a standard dress expectation of an organisation.
- The darker the colour the more professional. The less embellished the more classic.
- Corporate culture guides suitable dress code. Establish your organisational culture and encourage employees to match it in their dress code and etiquette. Inversely culture can be stimulated through these methods.
- “Dressing well is a form of good manners”. -Tom Ford
- Become aware that colours have a psychology. For instance wearing red can make a statement and invoke attention.