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is there any type of dress code to work for office administration?

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do i need to follow any specific type of uniform? #business

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Norma’s Answer

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Hi Alexa! Every employer is different. When I started my career I was advised to use "bank dress" which meant suit, heels and panty hose. Over time that has changed dramatically. We are no longer required to wear suits, but most of us wear slacks and nice tops. However, if you work at corporate headquarters you are more likely to wear suits and button downs. In addition to your employer, its also the atmosphere or the city you work in. If you are still unsure sometimes doing some research might help. If your employer is on the web, their may be pictures or topics on their site that may give you an indication of what to wear. You may want to play it safe and dress conservatively until you know for sure.  Good Luck! Hope this helps!

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Kim’s Answer

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Alexa,

The previous answer covered the highlights. Men have it pretty easy. Slacks and button down shirt, ties are increasingly optional, jacket to dress it up. Women's fashion is constantly changing. I watched in horror as leggings/yoga pants crept into the workplace. At first, they kept their bottoms covered, but then started wearing shorter tops. Tattoos and piercings too. Obviously, a lawyer or accounting office will be pretty conservative. But, what if you work someplace like Google? There is a lot of room for flexibility. I think one of the reasons I became a cop was so I wouldn't have to deal with clothes!

Even if things are relaxed, realize you may not be treated like the professional you are if you don't dress the part. Say, if you work at a warehouse or construction firm. You want to be respected for the position, so sometimes you have to dress. (and honestly, I have been around many lawyers who dress up only when they will be seeing clients/going to court. They like jeans and shorts just like the rest of us!)

When interviewing, play it safe, until you learn what is expected. This means no visible tattoos or piercings, nothing revealing, and no overpowering perfumes. Hair should be a natural color. Hope this helps!

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Alyssa’s Answer

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Hi there!

Dress codes will vary based on your employer, but the standard usually falls within four categories: business formal, business professional, business casual, and casual (uniforms could also be a possibility). This article does a really good job of explaining the differences between these categories for men and women: https://www.moneycrashers.com/what-wear-work-tips-office-dress-code/ . I typically would recommend sticking with business professional until told otherwise, or a specific dress code is mentioned. Best of luck!

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Misty’s Answer

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Alexa,

Dress codes in the Office Administration vary by business. Some are more laid back and jeans and tshirts are fine, while others are straight up business, and then there are the ones like in a possible medical office where scrubs are the main attire color coded by office workers by day. It really just depends on wha tyou are looking to do as to what the attire would be however I would say that if you are interviewing for a place, ask them at the point of interview what the dress code would be for you if you were hired.

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Bridget’s Answer

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Dress codes vary by employer. For an interview I would always dress business professional. Once you secure the job, then ask your new employer what the dress code policy is. Most businesses today have a business casual dress code. This article does a great job of explaining the differences and giving examples: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-is-business-attire-1918075

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Eula’s Answer

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Yes Alexa E,

I am very happy to give a little explanation on why dress codes are so important.

The first thing other people will see about you, is your face and especially your eyes. They will notice your hair and the expression of your face. Then they will look at your entire body, especially how you are dressed. This happens in less then 4 seconds. So what you wear is important. It reveals who you are and what you are about. In a work setting dress codes are important to help focus on work and not get sidetracked by anything else, as is a proven fact that many people do (from gossip, to stealing, to getting involved in drama and other stuff)

The rules of dress code goes like this:

1) no matter how simple always wear clean and ironed clothes. This will show that you are neat and care about details.

Then for work: Uniforms may be required, but not always.

Depending on the company you work for, this will apply from top to toe, thus from hair style down to your shoes. Some companies are fancier then others. For instance in a 5 star hotel, they are particular about dress codes, from front office to back office. In a construction company, they may be much more relaxed. The more expensive the business and the customers look, the sharper the image you must carry. Like lawyers love to wear the business suit, and their office personnel usually does too.

In general for office support, administration to executive secretary or customer service, the general rule is to wear clothes that are professional and mostly conservative. Color is matched to the company if you wear a uniform, and by your own fashion if you do not have to wear one.

I wore my uniform with great pride, when I was a Chief on the airplanes. I still wear a uniform sometimes, as in my Martial arts classes and it gives me a sense of belonging to a larger group and am identified as such.

In office settings, from boss to clerk: For Males, Pant suits, Jackets and Pants and for females, pants and jackets, Skirts and Suits, dresses and pants and blouse or skirt and blouse all apply. But NOTHING that is too revealing, provocative, sexy and tight to the body, skirts that are at knee length or below (especially when sitting down) buttoned blouses up above the decollete, and dresses that are somewhat loose, Long sleeves, or shorter sleeves to the elbow, or even shorter cut just below the shoulder.

Mostly closed shoes, button earnings and no jewelry that make other people think you are going to a gala party or are the nominee to the Oscars.

and ALWAYS KEEP YOUR NAILS CLEAN AND MANICURED (also toes if you wear open shoes)

Here is a link on google that I searched for you: OFFICE ATTIRE, and you will find a wide variety of clothes suitable for office, work and administrative assistants. You can copy and paste it on your web-browser.

https://www.google.com/search?q=office+attire&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjE_6mvsvniAhUQP6wKHZZ4AqUQ_AUIECgB&biw=1280&bih=612


I hope this helps and if you have any more questions, know that we are all always here for you OK?


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