Back in the days when we used to walk around in a suit all day, there was one thing we always noticed - guys at work wearing the same shirts. Don't get us wrong - wearing a plain white shirt is certainly not a crime, but your chances of getting noticed by the big boss that day might also be pretty slim. The key to differentiating yourself from your peers at work is not to show up to work wearing a bright yellow shirt with pink flowers printed on it - yes you will get noticed (and also fired on the same day). The secret is to concentrate on the finer details of your attire so that you are memorable whilst still adhering to your company's dress code. Don't be overly flamboyant with your clothes at work - it doesn't always go well with your boss and you're giving them a reason to think they're paying you too much. Go for subtle differences so that your white shirt is not just a plain white shirt. Here are 5 Dos and Don'ts that will help you stand out from the crowd at your workplace:
Contrast the inner collar or cuff of your shirt. It shows you have a bit of creativity and personality.
If you're wearing a suit, make sure the shoulder line is well sculpted. You'll notice this feature on suits worn by most newsreaders - it immediately captures the viewers' attention.
Get different coloured stitching on your pearl coloured buttons.
Pay attention to the yoke at the back of your shirt. A split yoke is probably more formal whilst a single yoke is suited for more casual occasions.
Wear cufflinks - but not large bling ones that hurt the eye! Go for cufflinks made of good inlaid material like Mother-of-pearl or onyx.
Don't wear a belt with a flashy buckle. It makes you look like a bit of a try-hard!
Make sure you clean your shirts properly - inside your collar and the edges of your cuffs. Don't think people don't notice - they do!
Don't wear a white tie (especially not on a black shirt) - it looks tacky!
Make sure your clothes fit you. Oversized suits and pants that are too long just look plain bad.
Polish your shoes and make sure they're not dirty or scruffy!