Your professional appearance says volumes about who you are, the way you value your work and your personal self-image. Studies have proven how critical the first 10-50 seconds of your initial introduction is during an unfamiliar social setting. A high majority of people (90%) form an opinion about you within a very short time. When this setting includes interviews and more importantly the path of your future it is imperative that you consciously craft the right professional image.
When it comes to getting dressed for any interview or new position it can feel like a complicated issue, leaving you staring into the depths of your closet wondering… Should I go more ‘smart’ & less casual, a suit, a suit without a tie, no jacket, a shirt with a tie, maybe a skirt, no wait… maybe trousers, flat shoes, or heels… the uncertainty is endless and decisions seem daunting.
Office dress code expectations have truly evolved throughout recent years. Beyond the vague employee handbook (received after the offer) there is no concrete definitions for what warrants an appropriate outfit from the next. We continue to see a rise in digital start-ups and trendy shared office spaces. As office environments continue to adapt to the ages, the defining line between business casual and business professional continues to blur. Of course, in any work environment, a dress code is subjective to geographical location, culture, corporate policy, position, and field. One thing that remains unquestioned is the importance of appearance on interview day.
London-based tailors, T.M.Lewin have helped us to navigate through the dress code minefield by crafting the savvy guide below. This What To Wear At Work guide is the perfect tool, loaded with style tips and advice for our modern workforce. Although the role of the well-fitted suit in the diverse realm of business may be changing, subconsciously it’s image remains as impactful as ever. If you find yourself in need, T.M.Lewin offers a selection of office-ready menswear, an unsurpassed range of dress shirts and timeless womenswear. T.M.Lewin takes pride in their modern designs inspired by classic, comfortable, and familiar styles. [Read more…]