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What Professionals Should Never (Ever!) Wear

Kayla Baxter, Anna Hennings, and Alice Handley | AdminSecret

August 24, 2009

We hate to admit it, because we personally feel that clothes shouldn’t matter. In a perfect world, a person would be judged at their workplace based solely on the caliber of their work. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works.

How you choose to dress each morning reflects how you feel about your job – that you take your position seriously, that you are ready to work and that you pay attention to detail and know what you expect to encounter that day. You wouldn’t go to a construction site in your favorite four-inch stilletos, right? Of course not, you’d go in a hard hat, because it’s appropriate for the situation. Appearances matter!

We’ve all been there, though. The days you wake up feeling sick, but still have to make it into the office, so you throw on any old thing that’s (kind of ) clean. The office where you never see anyone but your hated boss and your frumpy coworkers. The jobs you work from home in your pajamas and no makeup.

Regardless of the excuses, there are some things that professionals should just never wear. Ever.

We’ll show you what these things are, why they’re a terrible wardrobe choice and if you’re guilty of having one in your closet – or (gasp!) in your daily rotation – we’ll give you a much better alternative.

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    As a professional for over 20 years, it is truly saddening to see what our youth has come to deem as acceptable work attire. From the day I began working in an office as a receptionist...I understood that I was the face of the organization and, as such, I needed to make as good an impression as possible.

    In addition ...ensuring I was always groomed well ensured others took me seriously and thus, I have progressed to leadership roles though the years.

    I believe most young people today are so single minded they are unable to grasp the concept that when someone eles is writing your check and you are working at their office..then you pretty much need to do what they say and have respect for yourself and the position.

    Lately, my office went through numerous customer service people becaues they thought flip flops were okay, they work too much jewelry, had face piercings, wore jeans, wrinkled clothes, lacked personal hygeine. One girl showed up to an interview with a major head of dread locks - for a customer service position! - needless to say - she did not get the job and her friend, and employee, wondered why. She's not working there anymore either.