What Not To Wear

dressed up for work

Figuring out what to wear to work, an interview, applying for a job (including temp jobs), even a job fair, is a tough task. It’s really a complicated thing to figure out in the morning. Right? Wrong.  Dressing for work should be a relatively easy task for almost anyone.  

It’s probably easier to discuss what you shouldn’t wear on any of these occasions than it is about what you should wear.  Let’s start with the basics. Why don't you want to be extravagantly under or inappropriately dressed for an employment situation?

Those came off much too quickly. That list could go on and on (and on). This isn’t about providing you with fashion tips. It is about providing you with some tips on what is appropriate for the workplace, whether it’s an office, an industrial setting, etc.

Without getting to preachy, here are some Do’s and Don’ts that you should consider if you think you might be one of the people I’m thinking about when writing this. Remember, this is not a fashion lesson.



These are just the basics – everyone can always step it up a notch – never hurts to dress a little nicer. There’s actually some opinions out there that say the better you dress, the better you feel about your work, how you conduct yourself, your performance on the job, etc.

Think of it this way – if your grandmother would fall over if she saw you wearing it Yes, that includes you of the ‘short skirt and long jacket’ types. You may like it for your Saturday night outfit, but it’s not the one you wear to the office.

Clothing’s a touchy thing. Some say there’s definitely a generational gap that exists between what one thinks is or isn’t appropriate for work. When it comes to work, interviews, meetings, etc., just try to keep in mind what you want to be remembered for – your performance, or your walk-in closet.