Now that you’ve landed your dream job, not least because you arrived well prepared for your interview and dressed the part, it’s time to think about your actual workwear. While some firms, especially those in the City, still operate strict dress codes with “dress-down Fridays”, more than half of UK employers allow casual outfits seven days a week. It may be debatable whether casual dressing increases or decreases productivity and motivation at the workplace – I guess it depends on the individual and the industry he or she works in – but fact is that people in suits are still seen as more professional and able than their casually dressed counterparts.
And it’s true…my firm may not have a dress code (and I may be guilty of dressing a little too casual at times), but I do prefer to see my colleagues in smart dress rather than trainers, shorts and a tee. Long story short, I think it’s a good thing to make an effort when dressing for work, and that’s why I created a little collage with two different outfits – one creative and one business – that I deem work-appropriate, and would choose over jeans and T-shirt any day of the week.
Creative: Everyone who has followed my blog for more than just a week or two, knows my obsession with culottes and high necks. So if I had to dress for a job in the creative industries, I’d obviously incorporate these two trends into my work-appropriate outfit.
Business: There’s only one way to go when it comes to formal dressing, and it’s Saint Laurent. Hedi Slimane is just nailing the monochrome business look this season, so I had no hard time at all composing the perfect outfit while perusing his current collection on Farfetch.com.
How do you like to dress for work?