5 Things You Need to Know About Looking Like a Professional

When you start working and enter the corporate world, you need to start thinking more about how you look because business people will judge you according to that. There are 5 things you need to know about looking like a professional in regard to your clothes, shoes, hair, makeup and accessories. Keep reading.

1. The Clothes

The corporate world tends to judge people based on their clothes. You may like it or not, but that’s the way it is. There is a certain dress code that you need to follow.

First and foremost, you will need to get used to wearing darker and pastel colors. That doesn’t mean that you can now wear only black, but it pretty much means that you can’t show up for work wearing an orange dress. Of course, everything depends on the company’s own dress code; some are strict some not so much.

Choose knee length skirts, dresses and simple trousers. Forget about funny prints or more than two colors at once. You can never go wrong with a white shirt and black or gray skirt or trousers.

2. The Shoes

Ladies tend to spend most of their money on shoes. When it comes to business shoes, you might need to reconsider your taste.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need high heels for work. In fact, too high is pretty much something you should avoid. A heel on your business shoes should not be higher than 3”. You’re not going to a party but to work. The shoes should be simple and elegant. Bright colors and animal print are an absolute no-no.

Always choose your business shoes in a way that they are both elegant and comfortable. After all, you need to spend 8-10 hours in them without causing permanent damage to your feet.

3. The Hair

You may think that business hair style is a simple bun. It is actually, but it’s not your only option. You can still look good and professional.

There are varieties of hair styles to choose from for work. The general rule for all of them is that your hair must not be in your way. You must not need to touch it and put it behind your ears to see what you’re doing. Choosing a hairstyle like that will make you look sloppy.

Choose a hairstyle that is not too sexy. Seductive curls are for a night out in a club, not for work. Also, avoid sparkly hair pins and clips or hair bands with flowers or feathers.

Extra Advice: If your hair is a bit greasy and you don’t have time to wash it, use these tricks. In case you have a fringe hairstyle – wash the fringes only. You will need about 5 minutes to wash and blow dry them and your hair will look clean. If you don’t wear fringes, use baby powder. Take a small amount and rub it on your scalp. It absorbs the extra oil and your hair looks clean again.

4. The Makeup

Young business woman having a break at a cafe
When it comes to business style makeup there is one world that is the key – simple. Keep your business makeup simple. It should look like it’s almost not there so; foundation, nude eye shadow, little mascara and a soft nude lipstick. Forget about bright red lipstick or smokey eyes.

Keep your business makeup as natural as possible, because people tend not to trust women who wear too much makeup. Believe me, if you ever make a mistake, you will certainly hear something like: “if you’ve had enough time to put all that makeup on, you could have had enough time to study the subject better”. You don’t ever want to hear that.

5. Accessories

The same thing that goes for every other thing in your business appearance goes for accessories too. Keep it simple.

Choose bags that resemble briefcases or laptop bags. Rucksacks, purses and handbags are not the best idea. Keep your jewelry simple and not too noticeable. Forget about “hello kitty” mobile phone case or mobile phone charms.

Looking like a professional comes pretty much down to looking as one of the team. You can always pay attention to how your colleagues look and create your business outfit according to that.

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