What Not to Wear

When starting a new job, it’s important to learn the rules of the office, and figure out how to properly represent yourself. For example, knowing how to dress properly is important. Many newbies don’t know what is considered “professional dress” or “casual,” which could cause a bit of a faux pas during a big business meeting. Allow me to help prevent such a circumstance!

Here are some guidelines to keeping it classy and chic for the office:

Professional Attire: This dress code is typically worn by superiors within the Sutherland Global company, but is also best to wear for big presentations, interviews, and meetings with corporate leaders. Blue jeans are NEVER acceptable with a professional dress code! Think “dress to impress” with this dress code.

Men:

This dress code typically consists of a tie, dress shoes (black or brown), nice socks (argyle, black, navy, or white), slacks, collared dress shirt, and a blazer. You can always personalize this look with a tie pin, cufflinks, or handkerchief in the blazer pocket. It’s also important to have your hair styled in a clean and orderly manner. Many men also accessorize their suits or blazers with either wrist watches or pocket watches. It’s very vintage!

Women:

Women can rock this dress code in a couple different ways. Women may wear a knee length dress (solid colored or plain patterned), a dress blouse with slacks, or a dress blouse with a knee length skirt and pantyhose to help maintain a modest look. Women should avoid loud or busy patterns for this dress code, but can personalize their looks with accessories. Be warned that you should keep these accessories at a minimum! This includes accessories like earrings, necklaces, watches, handbags, and of course shoes! Always think modest and comfortable when it comes to shoes! You don’t want to enter a meeting in stilettoes and accidently trip.

Business Casual: This dress code is the most common and can be seen throughout many Sutherland offices and sites! This is a more relaxed and professional look, so don’t worry about the blazers or pocket watches! What is considered inappropriate for this dress code includes tank tops, midriff tops, shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans, halter-tops, tops with bare shoulders, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. T-shirts can be acceptable if worn under another blouse, shirt, jacket, or dress.

Men:

For men, the most typical outfit for this dress code consists of a collared shirt, slacks or khakis, and dress shoes. When it comes to shirts, try to think about the weather. In western New York, it gets a bit chilly this time of the year, so it would be wise to start considering long-sleeved dress shirts or argyle sweaters. As the seasons change even more, think about bringing a change of shoes in the colder seasons, so that you aren’t working in sopping wet shoes.

Women:

For women, it’s typical to wear skirts, dresses, or slacks with a dress blouse. It is advised to dress for the weather as well! You don’t want to wear a pencil skirt in negative degree weather! For shoes, dress flats or short-heeled pumps are very fashionable and quite comfortable! As advised for men, it could be beneficial to remember a change of shoes in case of a rainy or cold day.

Casual: This dress code can be best described as attire that is acceptable for informal functions, with the emphasis on comfort. Blue jeans and t-shirts are acceptable with this dress code. Sutherland Global, however, is not a casual attire environment. The only time the company accepts jeans are on Jeans Days.

Men:

Appropriate attire for men are plain t-shirts lacking logos and offensive words, jeans, slacks, and comfortable shoes. Comfort is key for this dress code, but keep in mind you must look appropriate and use good hygiene. After all, you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed!

Women:

For women, appropriate attire consists of jeans, slacks, or leggings with a nice t-shirt or blouse. The t-shirt and blouse must also lack offensive text or patterns as well. Comfortable shoes are typically worn with this dress code.

Sutherland Global is a professional environment, where our best impressions are based on our employees and how they demonstrate themselves. If you’re looking for more tips or help with outfit ideas, feel free to follow our Pinterest board “Dress to Impress” to get the latest fashion trends!

Meet our Author!

amberBy Amber Kukiela | Candidate Experience Specialist

I joined the team in August of 2015. Before this career, I was attending Le Moyne College for a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and minors in Philosophy and Art Administration. I was also working as an intern at Welch Allyn Inc for the Product Marketing department. I currently live in Auburn, NY where I grew up and have two adorable dogs! Some things I enjoy doing: Running 5k races, painting/drawing, photography, eating and making food, hiking, and traveling.

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