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How to Dress for the Office

by Nikki Willhite

Business apparel can differ from office to office, depending on the the type of business.  Creative, artsy environments are always more casual than more conservative businesses.

This article has some tips for dressing for the conservative office.


First and foremost, make sure your clothing is always neat and clean.  Do not wear items with stains, need washing, having missing buttons, etc.


Be modest.  Showing too much skin makes other people uncomfortable.  Short, tight skirts can be very revealing when you sit down.  If you have any doubts about an outfit, sit in a chair in front of a mirror to see if your outfit is modest.


Do not wear an abundance of flashy colors.  You will not be taken seriously covered in hot pink from head to toe.  If you are wearing a suit, a blouse or scarf in hot pink may be acceptable. 

If you office is very conservative, keep your suits dark, including your blouses.

When you are working with people, you want them to look at you, not your clothing.  If you are receiving a lot of compliments on what you are wearing while at work, your clothing is speaking louder than you are.


Do not wear flashy shoes with high heels.

Quality Clothing

While much of the workforce has become more casual, typically the promotions are not given to the people wearing polyester and vinyl.  You don't need many work clothes if you choose them carefully, but they do need to be of good quality.  Buy quality separates that all go together, and mix-and-match them to make many outfits.

Dress as if you had the position above you.  That, coupled with a good work ethic and product,  will get you there.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!



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