Category Archives: Professional Dress

Umbrellas and Professional Dress

I am frequently asked if it is appropriate to carry an umbrella in any color other than black in a professional environment. Yes, the only situations which would require black umbrellas only would be a black tie event or a … Continue reading

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Tucking Your Tie in Your Pants

In the past week, I have seen more ties tucked into pants than I wish to see in a lifetime. Gentlemen, do not tuck your ties into your pants.  If the tie is long enough to tuck in, there are … Continue reading

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First Impressions

Research indicates people form judgmental opinions of others within the first seven seconds of meeting. 55% is based on visual perception 38% is based on tone of voice 7% is based on the actual words spoken Prospective customers select people … Continue reading

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Personal Grooming – Fingernails

Fingernails should be maintained at all times. This includes both ladies and gentlemen.  The hand can divulge a great deal of information about someone’s personality and work habits.  Nails should be clean, evenly cut, and cuticles pushed back. Professional manicures … Continue reading

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Applying Lipstick in Public

Applying lipstick falls under the category of personal grooming. Personal grooming is not appropriate in public places. I am frequently asked if a lady should apply lipstick at the table after a meal. This is probably the most violated or … Continue reading

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Accessorize Your Professional Image Carefully

You’ve taken a great deal of care purchasing the proper attire to achieve the perfect professional image. Make sure you take as much care choosing the appropriate accessories to complement your attire. 1. Skip the plastic pen and splurge on … Continue reading

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Personal Presentation

How you present yourself in public is directly related to how you respect and feel about yourself and how you want others to respect and feel about you. This doesn’t mean you have to be a fashion icon every time … Continue reading

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Tattoos in the Workplace

Tattoos are becoming very fashionable.  However, your employer may not agree and your chances of getting a job or getting promoted could be jeopardized. Employers have the right to hire individuals who will best represent the image of their company.  … Continue reading

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Professional Dress – Building a Wardrobe

Clients frequently ask me how to build a professional wardrobe without going into serious debt. This question is most common among college students preparing to enter the corporate workforce. It is not necessary to own a lot of tailored clothes … Continue reading

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Perfume Etiquette in the Workplace

The history of perfume dates back to ancient times when it was used for both medicinal and hygienic purposes. At that time, good aromas were associated with good health – so to smell good meant you were healthy or healing. … Continue reading

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