by Linda Moulton Howe – Fortune article If you have a high-profile office job and an extremely well-paid clientele, you may want to consider wearing a dress.
“Dress is an important piece of the workplace for a variety of reasons, but the most important is that it adds a sense of luxury to a workplace,” says Karen Clements, founder and chief executive of Dresswear.
“It’s a piece of furniture that’s very high-end, and there are some that are expensive.
But in a way, it’s a luxury.”
In an article by Fortune on Monday, the magazine highlighted the work of a woman who wears a suit to work and spends money on designer clothing.
In the article, Ms. Clements described a “wearable” work environment where employees can wear suits at work, but she notes that not everyone feels the need to wear dress clothing in that environment.
“Some people just don’t feel comfortable with wearing dress,” she said.
“They may wear suits or tuxedos, or even work in a high rise, which is a nice way to be different.”
But she adds, “Some are just not comfortable with the way the world works.”
One example of a company that has embraced this idea is H&M.
“The company has embraced the concept of wearing dress as a way to express its brand,” says Kate Mackey, vice president of marketing and global branding at H&MS.
“H&M has created a platform for the brand to be visible in our offices, which allows employees to show their work, whether it’s their own personal style, or if it’s for the occasion.”
So, how do you make sure you’re comfortable with your own clothes in your office?
First, it helps to think of it as a sort of “toy” situation.
Ms. Mackey says, “If you have an office and you wear a suit or a tuxedo, you’re wearing your own business and not wearing the company.”
In this case, it may not matter if you have the company logo on your suit or turtleneck, but you might want to be aware that wearing it will be seen as “faux-business.”
“You want to know that if you’re in the room, your work will be recognized and you’re not the only one wearing it,” Ms. McKey says.
“There’s a sense that you’re part of a team and the work is important to the company.
That’s something you don’t want to put on your sleeve or your shoulder.”
She adds that this is a key distinction to make in your own work environment.
A recent study conducted by a pair of professors at the University of Wisconsin found that people who wear suits are more likely to get promoted, as well as more likely than people who do not wear suits.
“People are more comfortable in their work environments and feel valued, so they’re more likely and less likely to leave,” Ms Mackey said.
In addition to the benefits of having your work recognized, Ms Mackeys points out that dress is also a way for employees to signal that they’re part “of the team.”
“Dresses are a way of saying ‘I’m part of the team,’ ” she said, adding that this may not be a problem in many situations, but it can be.
For instance, if you wear an expensive suit, your boss may think you’re being ostentatious.
“When you wear suits, you want to show you have some business acumen, so you may not necessarily want to have them on your shirt,” Ms McKey said.
If your boss has an office with high ceilings and you can see through the curtains of the office, you might be more likely not to wear a shirt.
But if you feel like you have to, you should definitely wear something a little more formal.
If you don the suit at work but are wearing it on the way to your job, it could be distracting to others and could also get you in trouble.
“As long as you’re respectful of your colleagues and respect their space, then you should be OK,” Ms Clements says.
Another good way to make sure your work is seen by your colleagues is to wear your own dress.
A dresser may feel like the right dress for a senior-level job, but Ms Macks said she has had people tell her that they want to wear “fashionable” clothes.
“If people think it’s too much, then they might be able to tell you they like your work and want to dress it up a little bit,” she says.
Ms Cools adds that if your boss is a high earner and sees you wearing a suit on the job, she will see you as a “high-earner,” but not as someone who needs to dress up.
“A high earne should not feel like they need to dress for the company or show off their assets, and that