Formal Dressing Rules

Grooming means dressing well, to be presentable to others. You may want to give a little more attention to how you dress at work because what you wear may be substantially influencing your career path. Although nothing takes the place of talent, innate ability and ambition, looking your professional best in the workplace can give you a competititve advantage. It simply means that dressing in a way that projects an image of the sophisticated, successful working individual you are or would like to become.


Shirts : As a rule, the simpler the better. White, off white, pale, blue shirts are preferred; though you may wear dark color shirts too. It is important to button up your shirt till collar button. Do not wear thick stripes and checked shirts.
Trousers : They should prefably be dark though you may wear beige and with a dark colored shirt. Try to have atleast one pair of black trousers. Trousers may or may not have pleates.
Ties : To play it safe, choose a traditional silk tie, no loud colors or patterns. It may be wise to avoid ties with images and designer logos. Your tie should coordinate with your attire. The knot should be a perfect triangle.
Shocks : Choose a color that coordinates with your trousers (usually black, dark gray, dark brown or dark blue). Make sure they are long enough not to expose your skin when you sit down. As a thumb rule, do not wear white socks. Wear clean socks to avoid bad odour.
Shoes : Wear a good pair of leather shoes – black and brown/tan shoes. Shoes must be polished everyday. Do not wear shoes that look casual. Also do not wear shoes with worn out heels.
Belts : Wear only formal belts with a sleek buckle. As a thumb rule, match your belt to your shoes. Avoid large and buckles with moving parts.
Watches : Preferably, wear leather strapped watches. If you wear a metal strapped watch, make sure that it fits the wrist well.


Dress : Ladies may wear salwar kameez or formal shirt/triusers. Preferable, choose small prints or self colors. Avoid plunging neckliness, sleeveless and tight-fitting clothes. You may also wear a tunic with a pair of formal trousers.
Shoes/Sandals : Shoes with 11/2 inch heels are standard. You may wear a pair with smaller heels or a flat pair. Stick with a black/brown pair. be sure your shoes are polished and that your heels are intact. Do not wear colorful sandals. Avoids heels and sandals with bling. Also avoid white colored sandals as they get dirty easily. If you do, clean them well.
Earrings : Do not wear hoops or dangling earrings. Instead, use stubs or small rings.
Bangles/Bracelets : You may wear either a bracelete or a bangle. Avoid both. Avoid chunky braceletes or too many bangles.
Rings : Keep them simple and not chunky.
Chains : You may wear thin chains with small lockets.
Accessories : Do not wear ornamental/chunky jewelry even if it is an occassion.

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