Coco Chanel, the famous fashion designer, said, “Dress sharply and they’ll remember the outfit; dress impeccably and they’ll remember the woman (or man).” There are three basic levels of dress in the business world: Formal, professional (smart) and business casual.
If you didn’t receive a description of the dress code when you were hired, ask to see it before you begin, so you’ll know what to wear on your first day of work. People who meet the public are expected to dress more professionally than employees who work in a warehouse. And employees in large cities like Toronto and Montreal tend to dress more formally, and keep more up-to-date with fashion than those who work in smaller towns.
– From You’re Hired... Now What? by Lynda Goldman, Oxford University Press, $29.95