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Your Clothes Really Do Help Or Hurt Your Chances Of Getting A Promotion

Valerie Dubrovsky
July 31, 2018

What you wear to work really does mater. According to a recent study, people have to look and dress a certain way to land promotions.

OfficeTeam, a company that sources temps for businesses globally, conducted the survey with 1,000 U.S. based workers, including 300 HR and senior managers, at different companies. What the study ultimately found is that eight in ten company managers think that to move upwards in a business, an employee’s clothing matters.

Most HR managers from the survey agreed that dressing down is OK “if done right.” Of course, getting dressing down “right” is what is a challenge for so many–jeans, for instance might be totally OK, but yoga pants probably aren’t.

“Dressing professionally establishes credibility and helps others envision you in a role with greater responsibility,” Brandi Britton, district president for OfficeTeam told

“Employees shouldn’t assume casual attire or the latest fashion trends are OK for the office,” she said. “It’s always a good idea to follow company policies and observe what colleagues in more senior positions typically wear.”

So there you have it, the old mantra of dressing for the job you want still applies.

Now bring on that much deserved promotion!

Feature Image: Twentieth Century Fox

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