Hectored by the blogosphere, mocked by the press, UBS has recanted its 43-page employee primer on how to appear polished, proficient, and professional. As a result, a lot of up-and-comers badly in need of grooming guidance simply won't get it.
Read more HERE.
I haven't read this much-maligned handbook on dressing for success, but I would like to formally add (if not already included):
-Don't show up to work with wet hair. I actually see this. Drives me totally crazy.
-Tank tops are not ok. Even if you have a rockin' body.
-If you bend over and your shirt still can't cover your lower back, wear something over it.
-No cleavage, please.
-If you're a man and you have a meeting that involves suits, then you need to own leather-soled shoes. (Unless you're vegan, then wear whatever. Corporate hippies are too complicated for me to write a rule about.) And it can't be a churchy-looking loafer, either. And you can't have owned it since you went to your prom. Esquire and GQ magazines exist for a reason. If we have to read Allure and Vogue to develop body shame which compells us to remove chin hair and strap on Spanx, then you guys need to do your homework, too. It's part of The Deal.
I know it makes me sound 90, but seriously people. It's not hard.
Who gets it right? A lot of women at my company do, and I love their style. One rocks Rihanna-shorn hair, schleps her love-worn Bottega bag everywhere, rocks skinny jeans & rickety-high booties, and takes what seems like 21 smoke breaks a day, all of which only seem to make her cooler. Another does a Duffy-like modern blond bouffant with fashion-y takes on blouses and trousers but never looks a minute over 27 in any of these outfits. She nails it. Fashion without skin. It's perfect.
What other dress code violations do you see at work? And who are the worst offenders? Men or women?