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Polish Your Professionalism: Create a Workplace Wardrobe that Works

dressforsuccessMy friend Carol just went back to work after 10 years of running her own company from the comfort of her sofa, in her yoga clothes.

Although her new firm takes a casual approach to attire, with nary a power suit to be seen, my friend immediately went out and bought a whole new work wardrobe. Smart, fitted blazers. Well-tailored slacks. Beautiful blouses. And classic, comfortable yet stylish shoes and boots.

Why did Carol go to all that expense if she could have just gone to work in jeans? Five important reasons:

1. Her work clothes from before she owned her own firm were old and outdated.
2. Her new job pays in the six figures, and she wanted to look the part.
3. She wants to be considered for a promotion to a job with much higher responsibility.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business dress code, business etiquette, business professionalism, influencing others, Leadership, leading, personal branding, professional development, wardrobe, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

It’s Holiday Party Time! What to Wear to Office Year-End Celebrations

Holiday-Office-Party-Looks-FirstPicBRODY’s year-end holiday dinner is next week. When is yours? If it hasn’t happened yet, you can benefit from this blog …

Actually, the title of this post might be a bit misleading, because without knowing you, your figure, your age, your industry, or the level of formality of your office holiday party, I can’t actually tell you what to wear.

Even without any of that information, however, I can tell you how to dress with one word: respect.

I think dressing up for the holidays is part and parcel (pun intended) of the joy of this season. So, definitely do dress up for that office shindig, but pay close attention to exactly what is said on the invite. Is it black tie? Is it semi-formal?

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business dress code, business etiquette, business faux pas, business professionalism, holiday party, office party, wardrobe, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

In Praise of Proper Business Protocol: Manage Your First Impression

first-impressionHave you ever found yourself in a sticky business situation?

I don’t mean when a corporate raider comes sniffing around like a wolf at the door. I mean during that power lunch, job interview, professional conference, board meeting, office party, or anytime that a situation arises and you are just not sure of the proper protocol.

You don’t want to step in it. You certainly don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. You definitely don’t want to put your foot in your mouth. And you do want to put your best foot forward. (Hmmmm. I wonder why so many expressions about social or professional gaffes refer to feet?)

Do you know how to handle that all-important introduction of your boss to your biggest client?

Do you know how to offer a handshake that leaves a strong and professional impression?

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business dress code, business etiquette, business faux pas, business meals, business professionalism, cell phone etiquette, development, Etiquette, professional development, Uncategorized, workplace etiquette, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Acceptable Business Casual Wardrobe for the Workplace; How Casual is Too Casual? (part 2 of 2)

In my last blog, I posted about summer workplace wardrobe faux pas.

Yes, many businesses relax their dress code in the summer, moving from business casual Fridays to business casual every-days.

This decision is usually met with cheers from the staff. Despite the increasing popularity of “business casual” dress codes, however, these businesses are still in the minority in U.S. corporate culture.

A recent Robert Half International survey of 508 U.S. employers revealed not-too-surprising results: A whopping 74 percent of the companies who responded do not relax their dress code in the summer.

According to Christopher Deane, a Norfolk Robert Half branch manager, “The response has a lot to do with whether they think that inappropriate clothing like sheer garments, flip-flops, sundresses or T-shirts would make it into the work force.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business dress code, business etiquette, business faux pas, business professionalism, Casual Friday, Etiquette, Generational differences, job interview, personal branding, Uncategorized, workplace etiquette, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Summer Workplace Business Casual Doesn’t Mean T-Shirts, Sandals & Tanks … Oh My! (part 1 of 2)

workplace-shoesIs it just me, or does summertime feel more relaxed and more casual than the rest of the year?

It makes perfect sense. After all, conducting business lunches on some restaurant’s outdoor deck is definitely more relaxing than having to reschedule them because of the two feet of snow that just buried your Prius.

Many businesses allow business casual attire throughout the heat of the summer months. (And many don’t, so make sure you find out before slipping into that polo.) But guys, does this mean you can show up to work in Birkenstocks, cargo shorts and your favorite Pink Floyd T-shirt? And ladies, does this mean you can put on your spaghetti-strap sundress and spike-heeled gladiator sandals?

Most definitely NOT on both fronts!

But, what is “business casual,” anyway, and how can you stay cool but maintain your professional appearance at work?

Posted by Marjorie Brody in accountability, business dress code, business etiquette, business faux pas, business professionalism, Etiquette, Generation Y, professional development, wardrobe, workplace etiquette, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.