“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” Quote by Mark Twain

It’s true to dress up for success and I don’t mean it by donning your best glam evening dress or your best tux to work. The current workplace is evolving nowadays. Although most offices (especially in Asian) still requires you to dress in business attire (read: business suits and pencil skirts), more and more workplace is switching up to something more unconventional like jeans and tee. Yay!

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 4.12.35 pmI’m not writing a fashion piece on my website (it’s not me) but I do cringe inwardly when I see inappropriate clothes in the workplace. And it’s a delicate topic to address across to your team, if someone from your team or your department decided to deck out in emo goth, chains and panda eyes.

If you want someone especially your management to take you seriously, you need to dress as someone they can relate to. Please do remember that your bosses and your bosses’ bosses probably are in their forties and above, so it’s not good to add the shock factor in your dressing if you are aiming for the next promotion.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 4.24.04 pm1. Watch that message!
Slogans on tee are the best way to shout your creativity inner you but do watch that your message or picture displays are not offensive, lame or childish. It’s one thing to wear “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” quote from Steve Jobs and quite another thing to wear the face of the wonderful man on your chest, parading around the office. You may think it’s cool have a message “I’m such a drama b*tch” across your chest but it’s derogatory to women even the wearer is a female. Wear it to a Laneway festival by all means, don’t bring it to office.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 4.29.40 pm2. Watch that length! 
Feminists, please don’t hate me but wearing a skirt that barely covers your butt is no way to lead a presentation even more so in front of clients. I have worked in corporate sales where the sales account managers wear skirts so short, there’s barely enough cloth to wipe the table clean. Not to mention every time I have to uncomfortably avert my eyes whenever one of them bends down to speak to me on my desk so that I don’t catch one of her assets trying to sneak out of the v-neck low-cut blouse; and I’m a female for goodness sake! Save the sexy bits for a hot date or on the club floor, but please pile up during the office. We don’t want you to catch a cold.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 4.33.24 pm3. Accessories Appropriately 
Yes, I agree those chunky silver bangles looks so cool and funky on you and it totally rock the outfit you are wearing. Nothing wrong but do take it out when you are furiously typing on your keyboard because the “clank clank clank” and the “clink clink clink” of your bangles on the table is not pleasant to my throbbing headache, sitting next to you.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 4.10.30 pm4. I know it’s summer but… 
I can kinda appreciate baseball caps in the office although it doesn’t really shown that you can command respect if you are in your grey business suit and tie while wearing a baseball cap backwards on your head. I think it’s cute (not serious) when it’s donned with casual shirt paired with a nice fitted pair of jeans. And what’s with wearing sunglasses in the office? Really? Seriously? You may giggle as you read this but I have encountered more times than my fingers and toes can count on and they are not having sore eyes nor recovering from a LASIK eye operation.


Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 4.41.43 pm5. Flip-Flops

Unless you worked on a beach (green with envy), all kinds of slippers should stay out of the office. I don’t know what’s the deal with ladies walking in with a pair of skyscraper sexy heels then you catch her scrambling to the meeting room in her bedroom fluffy slippers. Huh? If I get to choose, I’ll wear a pair of all black converse sneakers over heels anytime. You want to know why?

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 4.45.10 pm6. Are you broke or….
If you wear jeans to work, please don’t let it be that tattered and torn pair that you always wore to your favourite hangout on weekends. If you wear a shirt to office, iron it or bribe the cute girl living next door to you to iron it for you. Always check that the blouse you’re wearing is not chewed up by your enthusiastic Rottweiler.

7. Rainbow in the office
Neon yellow mesh top paired with cherry red pants matched with purple eyeshadow Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 4.53.42 pmand white polka dot blue shoes on a Monday morning. Enough said.

Colors are great, moreover I hate to walk into a roomful of black and greys, just don’t make yourself an eyesore, keep loud colors to a minimum.

I do hope you enjoy reading my articles as much I enjoy reading yours. Keep those comments coming in! And if you have an issue at work, in need of a second opinion, don’t be shy to drop me an email at kally@MiddleMe.net.

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6 replies on “Dressed for success

  1. Spot on! You’re advice is very sound and sensible, not at all strict. I especially like what you point out about the barely-clothed women… It may be some kind of statement like, “See! I can wear whatever I want to wear; it’s my right.” Okay, I get it, BUT this is not feminist. Point in fact, it can (and often does) end up being degrading to women… I would say to those well-educated, highly skilled, capable women, “Yes, you’re qualified, and you sure don’t need a bunch of male chauvinists telling you what to wear, but … be careful. Think about just what image you ARE projecting and ask yourself, ‘Is this what I want?'” Well, anyway, great post!!! 😉

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    1. Precisely, Jonathan! You got my point! Its not only women who are dressed inappropriately at work, sometimes I tried to groom and present my staff to the management and they replied “Look, I know he is a great worker but he doesn’t seems to be cut out for managerial position. I don’t think folks will take him seriously.” Sad but true, people tend to judge people by its cover, in this case, clothes. Its hard to vision a guy or a girl who dressed as a dork as someone who can lead the world by storm however, how smart he is. Thanks for reading! Its always great to have readers like you who appreciates!!

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  2. Absolutely spot on Kally. Nowadays there is trend to wear half-sleeved shirt and top flashing the tattoo on biceps and forearms and other places which I really not want to discuss. More than pity it enrages me to delegate anything to such people as somehow my mind consider them having “amateurish” and “lousy” work ethics. (It may possible that few of them are really good, but impressions going to linger a lot longer for me once view formed). I love to work with people who knows how to present themselves in official space.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this info as well. I don’t care how one dress to represent his identify or her personality but do respect a workplace that require as less distractions as possible.

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