More Magazine Reader Q&A Dress Code

I’ve been told off at work for not wearing the right clothes. I’m not sure what I’ve done wrong. Who do I ask for advice? Jess, Uxbridge

Michelle says: Every company’s dress code will be different, so you may find your mistake was as simple as wearing nail varnish if you work with food, or not wearing a jacket to a client meeting. Sometimes the code is put in writing so get a copy from the staff handbook, HR or intranet. When you say you’ve been told off was this a quiet word from the boss or a formal warning? Either way, you need to work out what you’ve got wrong and fix it quickly. One way to do is to look at senior staff and what they wear. Is it on-trend or smart? Do they ever wear jeans? What do they wear in meetings? Do they dress differently on Fridays? If you take your lead from senior managers, you can’t go wrong. One positive – it probably means you need to go shopping for a few new items for your work wardrobe!

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ‘Pack your bags for a job abroad’ by Michelle Dewberry in Issue 21st January 2013, I did not write this!)

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