Dressing for Success in an Increasingly Casual Environment

Posted August 28, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Building Your Brand


Workplaces today are going one of two directions. Either they’re completely regulating dress by implementing a stringent dress code to keep you in business attire. Or, they’re moving in the direction of what has become an increasingly casual environment. And while most of us prefer the ladder in lieu of the former, a casual dress code comes with its own set of issues, namely dressing for advancement. How can you stand out in a crowd at a casually dressed company when everyone around you is wearing jeans and t-shirts?

Under 30 CEO gives us all some great tips in “4 Ways to Dress for Success in an Increasingly Casual Environment.” They advocate things like dressing like superiors instead of peers, and wearing statement pieces because, hell, you can!

An increasingly casual environment doesn’t mean you get to wear jeans and a t-shirt every day. What it really means is having more freedom to express your personality in the way you dress. Rather than that black pencil skirt, go ahead and buy the lavender. Instead of wearing your hair in a bun, try it curly and long. Ditch the heels for some statement oxfords. But still work hard to look put together, stylish, and savvy. To determine your own savvy stylish wardrobe musts, check out one of our previous posts, “Creating Your Own Personal Style.”

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."