Whether your career is styling at Nordstrom, salon receptionist, community agent for a local nonprofit, or an agent for the government, most employers abide by a certain protocol for employee attire; usually falling somewhere on the spectrum of business casual. Your first impression is essential in the workplace, yet most people blur the lines of what’s appropriate and what isn’t. The benefits of maintaining a work appropriate image is it allows you access to a promotion, builds a cohesive work atmosphere, and leaves a lasting impression on your employer or client. Yes, certain companies are lenient with business casual, while others may require certain color schemes, but overall business casual is not to be interpreted with the image of street wear with a blazer.
Let’s say you’re a salesperson working in the women’s contemporary department at Saks Fifth Avenue. A customer is browsing the department and simultaneously asks you, “excuse me, do you work here?” In this scenario, the customer wouldn’t questioned your title as associate if you were dressed to reflect the Saks image.
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