|What Not to Wear If You Want to Get Promoted
Dressing for success doesn't stop with the job interview. What you wear can affect how your co-workers and managers treat you, how your team views you -- and how your boss might perceive you when it's time for promotions. Here are some things to consider.
Are You Dressing for the Job You Want?
This is a common piece of career advice, but how does someone follow it? It takes a careful eye -- you want to stand out subtly, and not make it too obvious. Experts recommend looking at how your manager dresses, and following that lead. Avoid copy-catting and instead look at things such as skirt length, color palettes, clothing quality and the style of accessories. "You have to really rechannel everything into being open and communicative without crossing boundaries," says Naomi St. Gregory, director of the clothes closet at the Employment Action Center in Minneapolis. "You don't know who's sensitive and who isn't."
If the promotion you're aiming for is a large jump, it can look too obvious if you start dressing in power suits to work in your cubicle. Simply step up your outfits in an understated way to send the message that you are ready to take on more responsibility. Men can switch from khakis to dress pants, or add a suit coat to dress pants; women can change to more formal outfits.
Are You Dressing for the Job You Don't Want?
Experts recommend avoiding anything that can be described as "too" if you are looking for a promotion. Too short, too tight, too old and too flashy are all styles to avoid if you're hoping to advance. Workers whose style of dress doesn't quite fit with office culture can be seen as less serious or industrious than their better-dressed peers, and can be passed over or not even