The importance of business attire and its influence on the customers has been recognized by most of the world. Lots of business companies today have unspoken rules of a corporate dress code; some of them even have the written ones. The appearance of the staff can tell more about the company than they can tell themselves. Clothes speak for its owner: the way an employee or a businessman is dressed can tell a lot about him as a person. Usually, people make the first perception about your professionalism, intelligence and credibility by looking at your dress.

A dress code for the employee connotes a sense of unity and a sign of belonging to the particular group. You may have not uttered a word yet but your partners and colleagues have already made their judgments. Often, your look at work influences not only the perceptions but also the job promotions. There is a list of standard requirements in terms of dressing and grooming successful businessmen usually keep up to. According to some job-search websites, a person dressed in business casual style should look "pulled together, neat and professional". What does it mean?

Clothes should be well-pressed and have no wrinkles. It is absolutely prohibited to wear shorts, snickers, and slippers almost in every organization. Transparent clothes, deep necklines and short skirts for ladies are not appropriate in business. Women are allowed to wear classic pant or skirt suits (skirt's length should not be too short). Shoes should be on heels (but not too high). Black and dark colors are preferable. Usually, women are obliged to wear hose or tights of skin color in the office. Your hair must be always under control; natural colors and simple haircuts are the classic business approach.

Women dress-code is quite strict towards the jewelry. You have to be careful about its size and brightness. Earrings and necklaces should not make noise when you move; minimalism is the core principle of wearing jewelry and the whole business dress code. In summer you can wear short variant, but the shoulders are better to be covered up. As for the model blouses and skirts, the sleeves are supposed to belong.

If you are working in a business environment, the color of your clothes is assumed to be quiet and restful. Jeans are not on the "white list" in most of the serious corporations. Though some modern companies allow their employees wearing smart casual clothes on Fridays, the best alternative for both sexes is still a classic suit. Classic black or elegant dark blue can be combined with various tints of gray, beige and brown. But there should be not more than 3 different colors and 2 types of pattern in your dress. You are allowed to diverse your attire with some stylish accessories.

Some companies provide a uniform for their employees to wear which helps promotes corporate branding and so they can be identified by the public. In these circumstances, it's important to have a clause in a dress code policy that requires the employee to take care of items of clothing that the employer has provided eg in relation to its maintenance and cleanliness. Sometimes employees fail to do so and the provision of repeated sets of uniform will be costly to an employer so a policy outlining actions they will take in respect of failing to look after it, is important.

Conservative business style includes traditional dress shirt, preferably white, lace-up shoes, preferably black, classic jacket and a suitable tie of restricted color that reaches the middle of a belt buckle. The classic but chic watch would not be superfluous. Over-the-calf socks should fit the color of suit or shoes. Some of the most common and appropriate combinations for men can be:

• Polo shirt with chinos pants, casual belt, and leather shoes;
• A classic long-sleeved shirt with cotton trousers, suitable belt, and loafers;
• V-neck sweater with a round-neck undershirt, straight-leg jeans, and lace-up leather boots.

Knowing the basic dress code rules accepted in the business sector is not only the attribute of style but a sign of your sophistication and an exquisite taste.

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