In a world of extreme freedoms and diverse cultures, it may be difficult to define “right”, “wrong” and “workplace dress”, but there may still be a place for modesty and respect for others.
While cultural and religious contexts may determine the allowable level of revelation without embarrassment, workplace dress may aim to create a corporate image and sell the business brand without distracting individuals from the duties that brought them to the office.
What is important is to recognize that a dress code communicates specific value, self-worth as well as other respect hence the need for modesty and formal standards in the workplace.
Human beings are visual beings and whether we like it or not perceptions, decisions and even relationships are often tied to visual impressions.
Recruitment experts will recommend that you attend the first interview wearing formal dress e.g. a suit and tie. They tell us that impressions are important and first impressions can last a lifetime so make a good impression the first time and you could secure favour for many days hence.
A sloppy dressed person communicates insecurity and does not care much about themselves or others enough to groom themselves. A smartly dressed person communicates a message of self-confidence, approachability as well as professionalism and competence.
Choose your dressing well, it may determine how others choose to relate to you in the work place.