You can get away with wearing that old Metallica T-shirt if you are a 22 year old programmer pulling an all-nighter of coding and pizza. But in today's competitive business marketplace, the entire package that makes up "you" is scrutinized and dissected by employers and clients (not to mention members of the opposite sex.)
You can debate the injustice of it but first impressions do matter and people are judged by what they wear and how they look. Especially in the business world.
You've also heard the advice that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
The Great Lakes Geek feels your pain. Fashion hasn't even registered on his Things To Do radar. But even the Geek has to admit that wearing the proper clothes for the occasion and being well-groomed and aware of the basic social graces can be important.
The intent of this section is not to turn you into a GQ model but to give advice and answer your questions resulting in a significant upgrade to your business and professional appearance and demeanor.
We are fortunate to have some experts helping out and explaining why a Dilbert T-shirt is not appropriate for "business casual" even though it's about business (Dilbert) and it's casual (ah, the comfy T-shirt)
Note to Business Women. Much of this site will be geared toward men's issues though there will certainly be useful information for you as well. But let's face it. Guys need more help with this than you do. Be sure to visit our fashion and style experts geared toward women in the fashion section of ClevelandWomen.com
Have questions? (We know you do)
Send them to us and our experts will help you out.
ESPN Knows It. Do YOU?
Kristen gives some tips for colors and patterns
What to Wear Now
Kelly offers some basics for your business & casual wardrobe
Do you wear a watch?
Kristen gives some tips for proper watch wearing
What Women really look for in Men
Wendy shares the secrets.
Top Men's Trends for Winter 2006
Think men don't have fashion trends? Well guess again.
Men and Color
What the color of your clothes tells about you
11-15-06 Podcast with Kristen Kaleal that answers nagging questions such as
- What color suit to wear?
- Should socks match shoes or pants?
- Should men wear jewelry?
- and more
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