Why These Common Office Style Mistakes Could Be Hurting Your Career

Fun, laid-back, and successful... Who doesn't want their style to reflect those personality traits?

If you're someone who takes their career seriously, isn't it worth paying attention to ALL of the factors that influence your success or failure at work?

Of course your expertise is one of the most important ones, but there are other details that play a role.


How you show up and present yourself is also a reflection of your inner-dialogue.

If you care enough about landing your dream job, getting a raise, or being a offered a promotion, you'll be willing do what it takes.

Your first step is to look the part.

Doing so encourages the people around you to start seeing you in a more prestigious role.

To find out what it takes, keep reading so that you can avoid critical style mistakes that make men look sloppy...

Confused Looks

A result of taking risks!

It's necessary because it's the only way to take control of your image and create the sense of style for yourself that you've always envisioned.

Stepping out of your comfort zone isn't easy. But through enough repetition you'll find that it becomes easy.

A confused look is often the result of trying too hard to look casual.

What usually happens is that when men attempt to take on a new look it can come across as sloppy.

This happens when they're mixing different genres of men's style but not pulling either of them off effectively.

You have to be ok with not getting it right in your first few attempts.

Let's say for example you want to take a smart-casual approach to your style at work.

This could include mixing suits with sneakers or dressing up a denim or bomber jacket with a shirt and tie.

Since these are genres of men's style that traditionally aren't paired together, there's a higher level of difficulty to pull these looks off effectively.

One of the most common mistakes you'll see is men wearing the wrong kind of sneakers with a business casual look.

There's nothing wrong with wearing sneakers to the office (assuming it's within the dress-code), they just can't be the same pair you'd wear running.

Taking Casual Friday Too Far

Tread lightly here...

Think about the impression a poorly pieced together outfit makes on your boss.

Yes, you're allowed to get away with wearing jeans and a polo shirt but there's a fine line between casual and sloppy.

Casual Friday's are a great opportunity to stand out from the rest of your coworkers.

Take advantage of them by dressing one step above what the dress-code would normally be.

This shows that you're serious about your work.

It also shows that you're someone who's willing to go the extra mile and that you actually have a sense of ambition.

Overlooking Your Choice Of Shoes

Of course the pair you choose has to make sense for what your typical day looks like.

With that said, style doesn't have to be sacrificed for the sake of comfort and practicality.

A well put together outfit paired with subpar shoes can ruin the entire look.

Settling for "good enough" is a surefire way to selling yourself short.

Taking this approach creates the impression that you're the type of guy who's ok with doing just enough to get the job done -- nothing more.

Your best bet will always be to choose a versatile pair (neutral colours) that work well with a variety of outfits.

This will make your life much easier!

Remember to stay away from square-toe dress shoes. It should be illegal to wear those things.

Generally speaking, square-toe shoes are poor quality and often throw off the proportions of your whole look.

Not Minding The Length Of Your Pants

Ever seen anyone with tattered pants?

Or have you ever noticed men wearing pants that are too long, causing the fabric to pile up sloppily on top of their shoes?

It's not exactly the cleanest look.

It also makes someone appear more immature than they might actually be.

That's because this look is usually associated with rebellious teenagers wearing baggy jeans.

You're in luck! The solution to this problem is very easy.

First, you could choose to cuff your pants to the appropriate length.

Iron the cuff in place and it should hold until the next time you throw them in the laundry.

Your other option is simply to have your pants hemmed.

Take them to any reputable tailor and they can take care of your alterations within the week.

If this is an issue you're dealing with, seriously consider either of those options.

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