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Dress for office success

Go ahead and wear low-cut tops to work. Just don't mope about getting passed over for promotions. So says Barbara Pachter, business etiquette expert. • Yes, it's summer and it's hot. But "it's still business, you're still at work," Pachter said. "Anything that is sexy . . . people are going to talk about what you wore." Associated Press Dress for success

• Keep skirts and dresses around the top of the knee or longer.

Stay groomed. For a woman, shaving your legs may be a personal choice, but if you want others to talk about your work and not your body hair, it might be best to conform, Pachter said. Men should not let nose and ear hair get wild. And everyone needs deodorant. "We don't like working with people that have body odor," Pachter said. "We avoid (them)."

Clothes should not be tight or too big.

If you can't dress yourself, find help. Pachter advises fashion magazines, coaches or personal shoppers. "Nobody needs to have ugly taste."

Keep accessories minimal.

• Leave flip-flops for the beach. To summer-ize your wardrobe, work in lighter colors and lighter fabrics instead. Shorts, for men and women, are usually only appropriate for the most casual work environments.

• Women should honestly assess their legs. Bottom line: If they're unsightly, wear pantyhose.

Dress for office success 06/25/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 5:08pm]
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