In a perfect world, we could all show up to work wearing our favorite tennies and holey jeans. You could sail into a big meeting minus makeup and hairspray, never worrying that you'll shock the board members. Now, welcome back to the real world! What you wear and how you present yourself is crucial for enjoying upward career momentum. Scale the ladder of success by avoiding these career clothing mistakes.
Wearing the wrong size: You used to be a size 10 but now you're a 12. Don't fight your figure. Stay abreast of body changes by replacing tight clothing. Straining buttons and desperate zippers don't promote confidence. While you're waiting for the effects of your workout initiative to manifest, you'll have to bump up a size. This works the other way, too. Don't look frumpy with clothing that's way too big. Clothes should fit snugly but not just hang.
Showing your feet: It's silly but employers do look at your feet. The unspoken rule for clothing is no exposed toes and no backless shoes. You can wear peek-a-boo shoe that shows a hint of toe, but no opened toe heels or sandals. Keep the heel height conservative, unless you have to walk a runway.
Showing your shoulders, upper arms or bra: Yep, that is a big no-no. Sleeveless shirts, no matter how haute couture, don't belong in an office. Keep those sleeveless shirts hidden with a jacket or solid fabric shrug. That bra strap should not fall down either. Keep it neatly tucked away and out of sight. Exposing your bra is bad for business, or at least in a professional business.
Showing too much leg. You might have fabulous "sticks" like Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless" but you can't show them off at work. Skirts should rest no more than two fingers above your knee. No matter what you see in the movies, a mini skirt isn't appropriate even when paired with a jacket. Wear pantyhose if your legs need some attention. Unshaven, dry legs are best kept hidden.
Stay away from trendy clothing. Not hating on your personal style here but unless you work in a creative office, buying trend outfits make poor investments. Classic basics work best and make you look serious about your career.
Take your wardrobe seriously and you'll find others will take you seriously too!