23 May 2016 · by Huntress Corporate Dress - What Does it Actually Mean?
You’ve dressed up smart for your interview, secured the job or successfully registered with a temporary work agency and you’ve received your job offer. You note the dress code reads ‘corporate dress’ – but what does that actually mean?
There seems to be a common misconception that corporate dress and business dress are one and the same, but there is a difference. Please see our guide below of what to and what not to wear when you’re asked to dress corporately.
What to wear:
- Tailored trouser or skirt suits
- Suit jackets (and ties, if you are a male) for client-facing areas of the office
- Skirts should ideally be knee length or longer
- Shirts or blouses with buttons and a collar
- It’s best to choose neutral, block colours as these look smarter
- Closed toe smart shoes or high heels
- Tidy hair which is neatly styled and kept off of your face
- It seems pretty obvious, but you should always have well-groomed clean nails
- Accessorise sensibly, in keeping with your attire
What not to wear:
- Creased or poorly fitting clothing can make you look untidy
- Avoid items that are revealing or tight
- Trousers which are either too short or too long
- Clothing with dominant branding or anything that could be offensive or rude
- Trainers, sandals, boots or scuffed shoes
- Garish make-up, hair colours or nail polish
- Wet, dirty or messy hair