At CHUVA beyond we classify attire into the following categories. It’s impossible to put each item in the blog, but I hope this gives you some guidelines for building your professional image.
Later this week I will talk more about personal clothing style types that can help you turn your cluttered wardrobe into well designed, format to help you communicate the image your wish to project in the marketplace.
For Executive business attire, think formal corporate: dark suits, well made and fitted. Pressed dress white, blue or grey shirts, conservative ties such as the striped patterns or a conservative, structured pattern, polished lace-up shoes with a hi-sheen and hard-soled shoes.
Professional business attire is similar to Executive, but allows for patterned shirts, more versatile shoes, blazers and sports coats, dress trousers, and dress shirts worn with ties. This look is much more creative when ties and accessories, color and one’s own personality.
Business casual depends on the business. For example, If you are in a conservative arena, such as financial or banking, then your “casual” should be a bit more on the formal side. A high tech field calls for a more informal business casual look, such as khakis or chino slacks and a polo type shirt. It’s about coordinating your separates to give a professional polished look. Know your customer. Always dress up one-notch above the look your customer is following.
- Dressing too formal will make you appear as outside of the team.
- Going too casual or looking scruffy.
- Making the common denominator business casual…NOT business.
Casual is usually for blue collar type environments such as manufacturing. Many policies are dictated for safety reasons. This look can be designated for special events for a company. Managers should always dress it up a bit, but not enough to alienate their employees.