The dress code in the corporate world has been evolving during the past 20 years, alongside new advances in technology which to a certain extent has lightened up the former stuffiness of the office with brighter colours.
Once upon a time, many offices were dominated by gents in black, white and grey to complement suit and ties while the ladies juggled combinations of skirts and demure blouses or dresses.

All this has changed. Fashion rules have steadily been relaxed, perhaps in keeping with the new liberties technology has ushered in associated with the graphic opportunities WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram offer. Looking boring is old; looking cool is trendy. However there is always the risk of going overboard especially in the corporate setting.
Imagine a situation where everybody woke up in the morning and decided to dress up for work without a care in the world? The respective corporate entities would lose their communication value with clients and business networks.

This however, does not have to be the case. We have to learn to ‘dress the part’ because there are rules to the art of ‘Fashion’ and these differ depending on the environment. Obviously you cannot wear the same outfit for both the office and the beach!
One may ask why do I need to dress the part? It can be exhausting keeping up with the ever-shifting fashion trends while also trying to look smart and presentable in public

The stigma of first impressions will haunt you for the rest of your life, because people will remember you wearing that neon green skirt or overly sized suit during a television interview or for your initial board meeting. My response to avoid such wardrobe disasters is simplicity.

Without breaking the bank, you can easily find what works in favour of your skin tone, body shape and size. Do your research on the internet and social media for ideas on the dos and the don’ts of fashion. There is an increasing number of online stores in Kampala. This means you are a click away from the information you need to upgrade your sense of style to suit your profession, build your confidence and most importantly save your image.

About the Author: Elizabeth Kabahenda

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