A couple of weeks ago the New York Post published an article about a woman who claimed to have been fired from work for the way she dressed. Debrahlee Lorenzana started working at Citibank in September 2008 and, shortly after according to the newspaper, her bosses and coworkers began to suggest that she stop wearing certain types of clothing as it caused too much distraction for sex workers and supervisors. male. The lawsuit was dropped last month, but this week the newspaper reported that Lorenzana has just hired two powerful new attorneys from New York to deal with her case. Meanwhile, the topic has sparked conversation about what is truly considered appropriate workwear.
It is true that today, with the emergence of more modern companies where people work from home or at different times, the custom has moved towards more casual clothing and personalized style. Women are incorporating some more stylish or avant-garde elements into what used to be our 'boring' professional wardrobe. But it should not be confused. Dressing a little more casual or looking more modern does not mean breaking certain golden rules that must be followed when one is in the professional environment. At the end of the day, looking good at work is important if you want to be taken seriously. And it's not just about looking clean and well cared for, but choosing clothes that don't match the type of environment you work in. Here are some tips to make the best impression:
-Notice how your bosses and coworkers dress to get an idea of the style of the office.
- Tailor suits will always make you look good, especially if you work in banking or in a law firm. If the office is more casual you can wear pants or a skirt with a stylish top (and pantyhose if the skirt is short). Of course, this should not have much neckline, nor be very tight. A dress with a blazer is another good option.
- If the office is very conservative, try to use soft colors, or at least stay away from those that are too strong. If you want to add color, combine them with other more neutral tones. You don't want to see yourself as a traffic light.
- Wear accessories but do not abuse the rings, or jewelry that is too large or shiny to distract attention. The jewelry should be in proportion to your size so that it does not overwhelm you.
-Wear shoes that are comfortable and appropriate. The height should not exceed 3 inches if it is a traditional office. Elegant ballerinas are another option. In casual offices, during the summer, sandals can be worn.
-Avoid at all costs clothing that is transparent, dirty, too tight, sportswear, as well as houndstooth sandals, torn or patterned garments or offensive sayings, too short miniskirts, strapless dresses or skirts with pronounced leg openings.
-Don't forget that the emphasis should be on the job and you want to be recognized for your talent and not for your body or fashion sense.