Chapter 2

Business Dress 101: Handling Attire Problems in the Workplace

“I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson was probably right—but the opposite is also true. Being less than perfectly well-dressed in a business setting can result in a feeling of profound discomfort that may well require therapy to dispel! And the sad truth is that “clothing mismatches” on the job can ruin the day of the person who’s wearing the inappropriate attire—and the people with whom he or she comes in contact!

What can go wrong when it comes to professional attire? Plenty. In ...

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