Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer
Making the transition from campus to corporate life can be quite overwhelming, especially when it comes down to dress and decorum. The corporate world is very different from the university setting with the familiar faces, relaxed dress code and the oftentimes disregard for time.
Flair presents tips and practical advice to help you project a polished professional image. Keep in mind that your qualifications may open the door but it is your style (that is the way you carry yourself, the manners you display, your ability to connect with others) that will get you through the door and up the professional ladder.
We partnered with Beverley Corke of Beverley Corke Personal and Professional Development Centre to share some fashion dos of the corporate world.
It is best to build a basic work wardrobe around your two favourite colours. Here is how; purchase two jackets or blazers in each of the two basic colours chosen then ensure that all other purchases, shirts, skirts, pants, coordinate well with these two jackets/blazers, enabling you to mix and match.
✔ Stick to muted shades for dominant pieces and save bold colours for accent pieces.
✔ Clothing should fit well but not cling to your figure
✔ If your blouse, shirt, or jacket buttons gape, the clothing is too tight.
✔ Shirts, blouses and jackets should be high so as to not reveal cleavage.
✔ The slim-fit shirts for males are appropriate; however, the ultra slim-fit shirts are inappropriate for office wear because they are very tight. The same goes for very tight trousers.
✔ Stay away from fashion fads which come and go, as dressing like a fashion trend may send the message that you are not serious about business.
✔ Select pieces that are current without seeming trendy.
✔ Ensure that accessories, including your handbag/satchel and shoes, are also appropriate.Those (rumpelstilskin) long pointed toe shoes for males are inappropriate, if not in an artistic field, as are extremely high platform shoes for women.
✔ Nails should be cut just on the inside of the skin when pressing down on the padded part of the fingers. Nails should be clean and well manicured. Traditional nail colours are best if polish is worn.
✔ Your hair should look and smell clean and styled in a work appropriate fashion.
✔ Ensure that your eyes are not red, teeth are clean and your breath is fresh.
✔ Stay away from strong or overbearing perfumes and colognes.
✔ Practise your best smile in front of the mirror and project your most pleasing personality at all times. After all, you will be interacting with more people on a daily basis.
PS. There are also these two things to consider. After sending out your résumés:
1 Take field trips and visit the companies to which you have sent résumés. Look at those who are in managerial positions, observe their mode of dress and demeanour.
2 Try to understand the company brand in order to present a suitable image. Your business life will be much more rewarding if you are seen from the onset as an asset to the company.
Creative director: Garfene GrandisonPhotographer: Ian AllenMake-up by: Paul March840-5420Models: Shannon Mair, BA &MA in philosophy, LLBZandrea Bailey, BA Political ScienceClothing and accessories provided by: Changes,Mall Plaza, Shop 6U20 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10email: email@example.comTel: 908-7586Shoot Location:Rock Investments Limited, 20 Constant Spring Road.