Business Wear Check List

It’s easy to be a little unsure what is totally appropriate for work or not these days with businesses having a more flexible approach to work wear. Unless you are told you have to wear a suit it can be a bit confusing as to what you can and can’t get away with. Whatever the dress code you are likely to want to project a fantastic professional impact, to stand out and get noticed by your boss. A great professional impact is when the style of your clothes is appropriate, in good condition, looked after and fit you properly.

Following is a helpful check list from Aston and Hayes (where I trained as an image consultant) to find out if your clothes are an asset to you or a liability:

A

B

JACKET
Does your jacket fit properly across the back of your shoulders?

yes

no

Is there 2-3cms of fabric spare at the side of your torso?

yes

no

Are there any obvious creases or stains?

no

yes

Is there any puckering or fabric sheen caused by dry cleaning?

no

yes

Are there any loose buttons or threads?

no

yes

SKIRTS
Is your skirt long enough to cover your knees

yes

no

Does the fabric pull or gape anywhere?

no

yes

TROUSERS
Can you slip your hand easily into your waistband

yes

no

Are your pockets or pleats gaping or pulling?

no

yes

Does the hem rest on the top of your shoe?

yes

no

SHIRTS & TOPS
Are your shirt collars and cuffs pristine?

yes

no

Are you showing too much cleavage?

no

yes

Does the fabric pull anywhere across your bust or torso?

no

yes

Are your tops long enough to avoid showing your midriff?

yes

no

KNITWEAR
Does your knitwear have any bobbles or pulls?

no

yes

Shoes & Hosiery
Are your shoes in immaculate condition?

yes

no

Are your tights free of snags or runs?

yes

no

 

TOTALS:

Now count up all your A’s and B’s. A is the most appropriate wear to create a professional impact so if you have scored lots of A’s you are doing well! If B was your higher score then it might be a good time for a wardrobe weed to sift out the clothes that don’t work so well anymore and create a key items shopping list to build a fabulous working wardrobe.

Contact me for more details: louise@createyourself.co.uk