Men – Your Style Communicates A Message

Before you know it college will be over and after college comes a professional job. When getting ready for class it’s easy to throw on some sweats and a t-shirt or some jeans and a sweatshirt. However, now that it is almost time to enter the ‘real world’ it is important to dress with class.

Men it is important to pay attention to how you look. With graduation steadily approaching if you want to land that job or have others respect you, realize that it all starts with what you choose to wear.

Men believe it or not you have it easy! Unlike females who have a ton of options when dressing for work , you typically just have your ‘basics’.  This makes it a lot easier for you to pick out something to wear. Depending on the job you get. this will determine the type of clothes you wear to the office. You don’t want to over dress or under dress you want to be right on for the particular field you are in.

Business casual is being seen in the majority of jobs today so this is what I will be giving some advice on. Good news guys according to Paul Vallejo, ” Denim is being seen in more offices than it was even 5 years ago.” With that news you can dress up a nice pair of jeans and make it work appropriate in a variety of ways.

How to dress up a pair of jeans for work?

  • Shoes: You cannot wear the traditional sneakers to the office when rocking jeans that is not business professional at all. Some other alternatives are, loafers, speerys and toms. These shoes don’t over do it or under do it.
  • Tops: Never wear a T-Shirt that is ‘casual’ not ‘business casual’. Instead wear a button up with a blazer or by itself, a polo, or a nice sweater.

Sticking to things like this will be able to tie it all in and make you business professional for any job.

Here is a YouTube video with great suggestions for how young men should dress at work.

Women – Your Style Communicates A Message

In a world where first impressions count for everything and ‘people are sizing you up and sizing you down,’ appearance and clothing are ‘so important’, said Leah Bourne, style writer for Forbes.

In the professional world appearance is everything. With that being said it is so important to stay well groomed. Aside from taking daily showers and brushing your teeth every morning, when you enter work each day you want the clothes you have on to make a statement about you.

What should women wear to the office?

Women have so many options when it comes to getting dressed for work. From skirts to blazers, to dresses and cardigans they all work in the business world.  However, it is very important for one to know the environment they work in before they get dressed for work each day. This is because each company has its own rules and dress codes.

Casual dress

In many companies today they are gearing away from the traditional way of dressing and leaning more towards dressing casual. When it comes to dressing in this manner it is important to remember, “Business casual should not be equated to weekend casual. There is a big difference between these two. The problem is recognizing the difference and knowing when casual is too casual,” said Lola, a style writer for Divine Caroline.

  • Rules for shirts:
  1. Never wear a low cut shirt to the job.  Not only is this inappropriate but it is also a huge distraction for those in the office.
  2. Two is better than one. Layer blouses with blazers and cardigans, not only is this more professional but it is also very stylish.
  • Rules for pants
  1. Never too tight.
  2. Never too low.
  3. Never destroyed jeans.
  • Rules for skirts
  1. Always at least mid thigh length.
  2. Never too short.
  • Rules for dresses
  1. Never too tight.
  2. At least mid thigh length.
  3. Layer dresses with blazers.
  • Rules for shoes
  1. Closed toe is best.
  2. Never wear a heel that you can’t walk in.
  3. Comfy is best, remember you are at work.

Hope this helps. As many of us near graduation and prepare to present ourselves with class to former employers we must dress our best. Believe it or not the clothes you decide to wear each day is a form of communication that you share with everyone around you.

Here is a YouTube Video To Give Additional Help:

Never Judge A Book by Its Cover – Breaking PR Stereotypes

Today we live in a world where people associate different things with a particular title. In the professional world especially people like doctors, lawyers and reporters are all stereotyped by society.

One particular group of professionals that have been scrutinized by the media is public relations pros. A job in public relations is one of the most important jobs in order to help companies run efficiently, yet people have decided to give them all types of negative nicknames.

A stereotype that has struck my attention is, women in PR are of the majority and they are generally a bunch of mean girls just waiting for the moment when they need to bring their claws out. Though from what I realize women do rule the PR world it’s crazy to see that people think that are always on the defensive mood. Iris Signature a PR salesman said:

“It’s true! Possibly it’s because there are so many women in the field and an office can get to feel like a high school clique, but it’s also because of the nature of the industry (getting stories published) and the fact that there’s such tight competition for clients. That, combined with stress of deadlines and working with creative, emotional types makes the claws emerge.”

Another stereotype that has me in shock is that, PR pros never work at the fast pace that other’s need them to work at. This was hard for me to hear because I realize that PR professionals are always expected to meet deadlines such as, sending out press releases and publishing company newspapers at a timely manner, yet many people consent with this statement.   

 With those findings I thought it was important to reminder people that we should never just assume that a person is a certain way just because of the industry that they work in. Every individual is unique in their own way; their profession does not define them. And sure certain careers may force people to be a particular way, but that is only for them to do their job to their best ability and to stand their ground at all times.

Living in a world with so many judgmental minds it’s only natural for people to assume things. But one should always remember to never judge a person, by what they see or hear, get to know them for you then make an assumption.