How to Dress in General Office Attire


Looking good at work is important if you want to be taken seriously. Not only should you look good, but you should also dress appropriately for the office environment. Follow these steps and you'll soon be climbing the corporate ladder, in stylish shoes no less.


  • Dress in a pinstriped suit for more formal work environments. You can dress more casually by pairing slacks or a skirt with a blouse. The blouse shouldn't be low cut or too tight. A button-up shirt is also acceptable.

  • Wear conservative colors, such as blacks, browns and grays. You can wear other colors, but they shouldn't be too bright. If you want to add a little color, wear a black or grey suit with a pastel colored shirt underneath.

  • Don shoes that are both comfortable and appropriate for the office environment. Keep heels under 3 inches. Dress flats are also acceptable.

  • Accessorize. Wear only one pair of earrings and keep your rings to a minimum. A simple pendant or broach will add some flair while keeping your look polished and professional.


  • Wear a business suit in professional office environments, even if you'll end up taking the tie and jacket off before the day is over. Wear a white, button-down shirt under your suit. You can wear slacks and a sweater or a button down shirt with a tie in more casual environments.

  • Add color and flare with a silk tie. While you should stick to subtle tones of gray, black and brown for your general attire, a colorful or ornate silk tie is a great way to bring a splash of color to your look.

  • Slip on some fancy shoes. You should wear lace up dress shoes that are well-polished. Your socks should match your shoes. Even though most people won't see your socks, you don't want to get caught wearing white athletic socks with your suit.

  • Accessorize. Wear a simple watch that isn't too large or flashy. Carry a leather briefcase in either brown or black and make sure your belt matches your shoes.

  • Shave. There's nothing more unprofessional than a scruffy face, so make sure your face is smooth before that big meeting.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have your office clothes professionally dry cleaned and pressed.
  • Observe how higher ups in your office are dressed. This is the best way to get an idea of what's appropriate and what is not. Dressing for a job above yours shows that you're looking to advance. You can be trendy, but not flashy.
  • Never wear open toed shoes or sandals in the office environment.
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