OK, you probably don't want a stiff, banker-style look, but it actually is much harder to dress casually yet with authority. A $1,000 suit says "I'm important." How do you get your message across in more modest threads? Know this: Dressing down for work does not have to mean dressing sloppy.
- DressMe experts (washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/shopping/dressme/casualdress011998.htm). Pop into this washingtonpost.com column for tips on what is and isn't appropriate for a dressed-down look. Don't miss the lists of must-have wardrobe basics and, for women, a "Don't Do It List." (Tip: spaghetti straps are out!)
- "Casual Day Guidelines" (www.gohamptonroads.com/news/1999/07/15/dress.html). Here's a reality check on how you're dressing. Hint: if you come home from work and don't feel the need to change clothes, you probably dress inappropriately.
- Casual Everyday (careers.mainetoday.com/employee/casualdress.shtml).
Have many companies arrived at a less formal dress code? Yes,
ninety percent, in fact. Read this fun article, which includes
interesting stories-including the case of the barefoot Yahoo!