How to dress for business success?

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  • Pants and Suits: Pants are fine, but stick to tailored pants with a crease. Khaki, twill, and corduroy are good fabric choices for business casual but stay away from denim and heavy cotton materials. Pants and suits made from wool and wool blends are good standard business attire and work for all seasons. Try to avoid synthetic fabrics like rayon and polyester blends which lack quality and can wrinkle. Make sure pants are clean, pressed, and wrinkle-free. The hem should cover the ankle but not drape to the floor. Even if you have a lovely figure, stay away from pants that are too tight.
  • Skirts and Dresses: The right color and material are important, but the right length is critical. If you sit in a chair and exposure too much thigh with your legs crossed (or uncrossed), the outfit is too short. If your skirt has a slit, it should be small, centered in the back, and no higher than the back of your knee. High slits in skirts are never appropriate. A slit should not impair mobility (such as walking and climbing stairs). If you cannot walk comfortably in a skirt, it is too small or too tight.
  • Shirts and Sweaters: The first rule is, don’t show cleavage. Blouses should be tailored and coordinate with the rest of your outfit. Fine-gauge knit shells are fine but make sure the top is not see-through or too form-fitting.
  • Bras and Panties: Undergarments should support your figure and not show through clothing. If your panty line shows through, that means your clothing is too tight.
  • Shoes: Closed-toed pumps in a color that compliments your outfit are best. Do not wear chunky heels, flat soled-shoes, stilettos, or shoes with too much height. It is important to wear shoes that fit well so you can walk comfortably. Try and select a shoe color that coordinates with the color of your purse.