Proper Dress Etiquette

Proper dress etiquette comes down to understanding the event you're attending and your own personal style. There are many things to consider when it comes to proper dress etiquette. The right clothing really will make all the difference-it can make you seem that much more professional or attractive. The following are some basic components to proper dress etiquette.

Dressing appropriately is a major component to fashion etiquette. For example, you wouldn't wear a miniskirt to the office. You want to make sure that you know the dress code or expectations of a place before you attend an event. There's a big difference between a black tie event and cocktail attire. Knowing the event will make it that much easier to select the right clothing.

Consider your age when it comes to selecting clothing. If you are a grandmother, you may want to stay away from the mini skirts. If you are 16, choosing a matronly gown for your prom isn't going to do you any favors.

Another piece of fashion etiquette is to dress for the season. You shouldn't be rocking wool sweaters during the hot summer months. You will look and feel uncomfortable. Knowing the weather and dressing for it will make you look that much more put-together.

Accessories can really make or break an ensemble. You do not want to pile on the accessories because it can really take away from an outfit. Instead, you want accessories to complement or complete a look. If you have on a little black dress, a simple necklace and pair of black heels will complete this look. If you throw on a hat, necklace, scarf, belt, tights and shoes, there will be no focal point and you may look sloppy.  

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The rules of business attire are good pieces of information to have before you dive into the working world. You want to present yourself in a professional and polished manner.

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