By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM with Sarah Ward, Conselle Affiliate
Last week I was asked to speak to a class of dietetics majors at a local university on professional image. The only male in the room was dressed in casual cargo pants and an old T-shirt with Mickey Mouse emblazoned across his chest. It was everything I could do to look him in the eye, rather than at his chest.
A word on graphic tees in the workplace: They’re distracting. Do you think the viewer is going to be able to get past the Mickey Mouse on your chest up to your face to communicate with you? Save the graphic tees with large lettering and images for social situations.
When in a professional environment, opt for a shirt with a collar instead. A shirt with a collar can be a sport shirt, a polo, a button-down top, shawl collar or even a turtleneck. It will frame your face and draw attention upwards for improved communication while making you appear alert and competent.
A good rule of thumb is this: If something about your appearance is distracting — be it wrinkled clothing, cleavage, or white socks with black pants — it doesn’t belong in the workplace.
Copyright Conselle L.C. 2009
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