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List of Dress Code Tips for Business, Sales and Customer Service Coach with Examples

Posted on the 02 September 2016 by Lifecoachbloggers

Whether you are attending a formal interview or giving a business presentation, dress takes a vital and it acts as a non-verbal communication tool to express yourself. Besides good handshake, eyecontact, facial expressions and gestures, dress can bring entire new attitude in a professional business scenario. FOODS mnemonic summarizes appropriate proper dress code for both men and women in a formal business situation:

    Business Dress Code Tips men women

    Professional Appropriate Dress Code Tips

  1. Fabric
  2. Opinion
  3. Old
  4. Dye
  5. Size
1. Fabric: You should choose right professional business wear. Cotton is one of the best fabrics for both men and women. It is not only soft on skin but also looks decent, neat and professional. Nevertheless, choosing the right fabric also depends on various other factors such as type of the business presentation, weather and individual comfortability.
2. Opinionated Words and Phrases (What to Avoid):- Knowingly or unknowingly, some presenters wear dress that has words and phrases printed on their shirt or t-shirt. Sometimes, this is considered as a distraction during the interview. Even slogans that are decent and inspiring, such as "I am Born to win" or "Team Work Works" should be avoided.
3. Old or New: The word "Old" indicates anything that is outdated or aged. It could be an old dress that is faded, dull, washed out, pale or discolored or attire that is old fashioned. Choosing a dress that is commonly worn in the present society is ideal than an wearing old-fashioned or odd kind of clothes. You should also consciously avoid wearing big checked shirts or thickly striped trousers during a business presentations and meetings.
4. Dye: On one hand, colors indicate mood or frame of mind. And, on the other hand, it has the tendency to grab the attention of others. Colors such as grey, light blue or white are some appropriate colors, which are neutral as well as non-distracting.
5. Size: Size of a dress can be seen in two aspects; a) Too big or too small. b) Too tight or too loose.
An appropriate dress code for a business meeting or presentation is choosing the dress that is not too tight or too loose, or too closed or too revealing. The best way to decide the right size is to pick the clothes that are comfortable yet non-distinctive.
By wearing appropriate proper dress not only enhances you profession but also help build interesting human relationships. You actually talk without speaking a word through the dress that you wear. So choose them accordingly. This simple mnemonic, FOODS, will come handy for both men and women and serves as a simple memory aid to remember formal business dress code tips.

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