Corporate business attire has evolved tremendously over the years – and in many different directions. Gone are the days of simply putting on your best suit regardless of the industry, as things are far more dynamic now. Each type of industry has its own corporate culture and with that a look to match. So let’s take a dive into the standards of 2018 and find out what you need to dress in appropriate corporate business attire, industry by industry.
Law and Finance
This is probably the most classical look you can get when it comes to corporate business attire. This is boardroom fashion, you need crisp dress shirts, dark two or three-piece suits and very formal shoes, something that’s definitely not cheap. Women have a blouse option that can work with this but also must keep in mind other accessories like jewelry and watches. These are often positions with a lot riding on them and being presentable/professional is a must.
Tailored clothing and avoiding patterns are key things to keep in mind as too much attention can generally derail whatever talks are taking place by way of distraction. These industries are places of business and nothing less than the most professional attire is acceptable. This has been the standard since the early 1920s and remains a good look for those in high positions.
The tech world has an interesting way of going about their corporate business attire: if you’re one of the higher-ups, law and finance rules can apply – However, for every other position things are more in the realm of business casual. For men a simple collared shirt and khaki/slacks works while women retain the blouse option (always great) and skirt/slacks. Your shoes do not have to be fancy, only sensible as comfort is more of a priority than anything else.
This style has been around for only a few decades, starting in the ’80s and really taking off in the ’90s. When it finally did catch on though, it was there to stay. This mix between comfort and professionalism is perfect for the tech world, which retains its own identity but is the premiere industry across the world.
Corporate business attire in the manufacturing world is actually pretty dynamic and depends on the nature of the position in question. There’s a distinction between manufacturing areas and office areas, both have particular needs. Manufacturing areas require more rugged attire, jeans (or pants similar to Dockers) are acceptable but even overalls and athletic pants can do the trick. Less formalized attire is needed to take on the type of work that comes with manufacturing. Work boots are a must.
The office area is closer to the work attire of tech companies. No jeans, but Dockers still work. Dressier shoes are also suggested. Button-ups or sweaters work alongside nice t-shirts. One major thing to take note is that heels over two inches high are not advisable for manufacturing settings, should something happen on the manufacturing floor a set of heels will take more effort to maneuver away from the hazard area.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to having some common sense and being comfortable in your corporate business attire. Office settings are dynamic regardless of the industry but can be altered depending on the scale of the company. Don’t wear anything too provocative or revealing, be comfortable but not unkempt and pay attention to hygiene. Don’t be afraid to express yourself but definitely don’t go overboard to the point of distraction. And remember, once you find your balance make sure everything is clean and fits well. Make a good impression and dress the part!
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