6 Ways to Outdress Your Boss Without Outshining Your Boss…

It used to be that the boss got their suits tailored and everyone else had to settle for off-the-peg.

Then, in April 2004, the moons and the stars aligned and a new industry was born. This industry enabled anyone to enjoy the experience of having a bespoke suit made for them.

But, with great power comes great responsibility. The last thing your clothing should be doing is offending your boss or your coworkers. Unfortunately, dressing well might make them think that you consider yourself above them.

Of course, this is not the opinion held by everyone. In fact, some employers will appreciate the effort that you are making with your work attire. It shows that you take your role seriously. As a bonus, they can always trust you to look presentable when meeting clients.

As you can see, dressing well for the office can be somewhat a balancing act. Here are a few tips to ensure that your office elegance doesn’t lead you into trouble…

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1. Make sure you are dressing within the parameters of the company culture. If you are wearing a three-piece and the rest of the office are in jeans and a t-shirt, you might be going too far. In this case, you’d be better off avoiding a full business suit and choosing to wear high-quality, well-fitting trousers and a shirt.

2. Communication is key. Make it clear to your boss and colleagues that you are into style. Tell them that dressing well increases your confidence and makes you feel comfortable. This will reassure your boss that there’s no power struggle going on.

3. Build up to the style that you are comfortable with. There is no point in making yourself feel self-conscious in an outfit that is out of your comfort zone.

4. Be consistent. Don’t just pull out the three-piece when you know that the boss is going to be present.

5. If in doubt, don’t overdo it. As with everything surrounding office politics, it’s about reading the room. If you’re not doing that, it will come back and bite you.

6. Raise the bar. If you’re raising the bar and other people in the office are following suit, this can only be a good thing. Additionally, this will reflect well on you.

Final Thought

An employer who looks unfavourably upon you for taking pride in your appearance may not be worth working for.

As for driving a better car than your boss? That’s a whole new set of issues…

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