What NOT to Wear To Work

 

Dressing is not just an everyday routine – it’s an intellectual game. In the professional world, “properly dressed” is one of your duties, and have to take it seriously. It is essential to look prepared and put-together at all times. For those entering the workforce or for those moving into a different industry, it’s important to do a little research and figure out what’s most appropriate. In some industries, what’s sexy or edgy can be downright offensive in others. The space between these extremes is where creative thinkers and dressers can play.

 

Too tight

Too tight

We encourage our clientele to think of dressing for work just like they would any other game. First you get a little competitive; then you try to find the best looks for the best price, all the while making a positive statement and always looking polished.

 

Here are a few Don’ts for any professional workplace:

 

Torn or broken

Torn or broken

 

  • Avoid a plunging neckline or overt cleavage
  • Do not allow more than 3 inches above the knee with bare legs
  • Do not wear sheer or see-through fabrics with no foundation
  • Don’t show your undergarments (bra, underwear)
  • Do not wear clothing that is overly tight and formfitting
  • Do not show a visible midriff or open back
  • Avoid the “super low-rise.”
  • Avoid flip flops or slippers
  • Avoid “dramatic” or “cocktail hour” make-up
  • Avoid dramatic hairstyles
  • Do not wear anything torn or broken

 

Do you agree? Have we missed anything? Tell us in the comments below, or via your social feeds.

 

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Smart Travel: Packing With Ease

 

The light winter we had this year is nearly over, and if you’re anything like our team, you’re anxious to jump on that jet and set off to somewhere warm. Miami? Caribbean Islands? Hello!

 

Many of our friends and colleagues tell us that they love to travel, for business and personal purposes, but are quick to state that they worry about packing. Because these folks hate the packing experience so much, they put it off until the last minute, completing last-minute laundry sessions at midnight before their early flight.

Smart Travel

Smart Travel

 

Other common packing challenges include:

  • Packed too much
  • Packed too little
  • Favorite items get lost or damaged
  • “New” shoes end up being painful
  • The weather at the destination changes and you didn’t prepare for it.

 

If this sounds familiar..  you are not alone! Packing for travel could easily be the No.1 wardrobe headache shared by people everywhere. But to overcome this challenge, you have to think before you pack. For ladies, poor packing decisions can be replaced with smart choices. Here are some essentials for any traveler’s wardrobe.

 

Dos

  • Bring a dress. You can dress it up or dress it down.
  • Bring a rain resistant trench coat (that matches your color palette) for unexpected cold or rainy weather. It can easily work with any outfit
  • Bring a pair of no-iron pants that matches your color palette. Try it first to ensure it works with any of your outfits
  • Bring a cardigan in your color palette. Cardigans are a perfect layering piece. It can layer nicely under your jacket or over a dress and add volume, color, and sophistication to any look
  • Bring a pair of walking shoes, a pair of comfortable but dressy shoes for the business meeting or evening, and one extra pair as an alternate. Nothing makes a trip more miserable than sore feet
  • Accessories  –
  •  1.  A long chain necklace is your best metal – you can wear it with nearly anything!
  •  2.  A scarf that doesn’t require ironing is often one you can use for day or night
  •  3.  A cross-body bag in your color palette is perfect for security, comfort, and style

 

Don’ts

  • Do not bring delicate fabrics. Avoid bringing anything that can get torn or wrinkled easily
  • Do not bring white colors. Unless you have laundry service at your fingertips, white is not a good travel choice. The better option is to bring print t-shirts, tops or blouses which can easily camouflage small spills or dirt and won’t need immediate cleaning
  • Do not pack shoes you’ve never worn before
  • Do not bring anything that fits too snugly

 

The more you think ahead when packing, the easier it will become.  Try our tips out when packing for the next two trips you take. Trust us – it will get easier, faster, and less painful.  Soon, you’ll be just as excited to pack as you are to get up in the air!

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Six Classic Fitting Tips for Men’s Trousers

My nephew bought two pairs of new plain bottom trousers last week. After a week of “hemming”, when he tried them on they were an inch shorter than they should be. Of course, it’s the result of the wrong measurements taken by an inexperienced store clerk. We all know that for the most of the ready-made dress trousers, a tailor will hem the trousers after they have sold. It’s a standard procedure. But with fewer stores having qualified in-store tailors these days, it leaves our clients at the hands of store clerks. Most have no real fitting training and are only eager to sell you what is available with as little alteration as possible!

Burberry

 

Follow below classic fitting tips which will ensure you have perfectly fitted trousers:

 

  1. Wear dress shoes with proper heel height when shopping trousers. (Some high-end store with in-store tailor will provide dress shirt and shoes.)
  2. Slips on the trouser and stand naturally in front of the mirror. (Do not try to hide any extra pounds.)
  3. Place the trousers as high on your natural waist (1″ below your navel) as comfortable to provide ease of movement. (Never placing pants on hips or below any beer belly).The waist should not be too tight. (There should be extra room for two fingers.)
  4. With pleated trousers, the pleats should lie flat while you are standing and pants should be wide enough to cover your shoelace.
  5. With a flat front, plain bottom trousers you should ask a slanted hem half an inch downward from front to back and pants should be long enough to cover the tops of his shoes.
  6. If you need to taper the legs, it is essential that both inside and outside seams be pinned to ensure that the crease will remain vertically straight.

 

As it is true with shoulders, most people have one hip higher than the other which translates to imbalanced legs. So my suggestion is to take a separate length measurement one leg at a time, to ensure proper fitting pants, balance and an elegant finish.

 

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