The daunting dress code. Is it, or is it not forever changing, and quite frankly all this change has made it a tad confusing? I mean seriously, can we agree on a social and sanitation code and less on style? It seems this kind of reasoning makes way more sense in the grand scheme of things and allows people to be more realistic in their approach to dressing every day for work. The code that I personally find most annoying is the "business dress code", this dress code is as equally as annoying as some of those whom try to enforce it. From stories I have heard, I have often found the enforcers to usually be a tad sexist and a bit fanatical.
I'm not sure I have all the answers on this subject, however, I wanted to open up a discussion none the less to consider some key reasonable points when choosing "business acceptable" attire while still allowing space for you to be uniquely you and not a "business dress code" robot. As annoying as it is, trust me, I'm a firm believer that "nobody puts baby in the corner" especially with narrow minded lame rules, however I GET IT, the dress code idea is a part of our culture with some really good reasoning behind it. After studying a number of suggestions on the subject, I've come to these three easy to use, hassle free pointers and tactics to measure if your winning or losing when it comes to your daily business right attire.
1. Consider functionality, is anything you are wearing going to make the tasks, skills and expectations for you to do your work more difficult? If yes, then say adios to those shoes, long nails, "can't bend over short skirts" and try another, and another, and another (if you're like me) until the deductive question and reasoning is truly a match. It is when you can say with out a doubt that the entire outfit from head to toe is a complete WIN for getting the job done, then you know you are in the career right apparel.
2. Is it at all distracting? This one is super subjective because what's distracting to one audience won't be to another. So on this note, I suggest asking yourself, if someone in my audience or office was to notice it, whatever it is, would it distract them from listening to what I have to say, or taking me seriously in my field of expertise, or making people concentrate on my clothing or body way more then concentrating on me as a professional. If the answer is yes, even if it is only one person at work that would likely be distracted, then it has got to go. I know, that's really lame right? I agree, it's not your fault, it's the easily distracted idiots fault. Not yours! No shaming or guilting going on here. And I know you love these clothes because they are just so YOU, I can respect that, so save it for another occasion, one where you can express that side of yourself through clothing and accessories more freely. Trust me, I struggle too, to find that place "between", as a professional, as a fashionista and as a proud expressive feminine women. It really is a fine line, one that I definitely think needs to be challenged on a regular. But maybe with baby steps, especially when your professional reputation is involved.
3. Is it stained, smelly, torn or dirty? This one should be obvious. But if you are not a detailed person you might miss a few key "tell-tell" signs. I think the most missed detail is the ring around the collar and wrists? Have you ever noticed the color is slightly off colored in these areas? People. That means its dirty. And if it has been washed and the color still remains off, we can now deem it stained and this makes it possibly un-repairable, meaning it's beyond dirty and it is time to let it go. This item should be "garbage status" pronto my friends. If you don't like contributing to more waste, consider dying it a darker color as long as it hides the stains. Also, unless you work in a casual or highly artistic environment it's best to stay away from anything that is torn on purpose or not. I'd say for safe measure just don't do it. Save the torn pair of amazing boyfriend jeans for the weekend.
Have you ever found yourself in an awkward dress code situation? Possibly one having to do with the above issues? Tell me about it? I'm curious to know how you handled it? Share the details, I promise I'll reply. xx