Appearance Essays

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For as long as anyone can remember, people and have been judge and have judged others on various things including appearance. Appearance says a lot who we are individually as well as collectively. Contrary to what people believe, how we dress or present ourselves conveys who we are and how we may be, regardless of whether it is correct or not. Appearance can be equally important as knowledge in the field when it comes to the workplace. Every day we are told to dress the part, to convey the proper message but what part are we exactly dressing for and what are we trying to convey? This idea is commonly confusing as jobs nowadays are now becoming more lenient with what is tolerated or acceptable for dress codes in the workplace. Things that …show more content…
It may seem shallow to be concerned about your appearance in the workplace but in actuality, it can be the determining factor in who gets hired and how well one may do on a performance review. Dressing appropriately can set you apart from others who may be less concerned about projecting professional image (Gavzer, 2008) It can also guarantee the future of the organization, especially in this highly competitive business environment (Hanley, 2009).
If a professional looks conveys more attributes, why do we see an increasing movement toward business casual and all casual attires in the workplace. Many believe the change was influenced by the boom in the “eBusiness” and “dot.com” along with the economic recession in the 1990’s. Some would like to blame Generation X college graduates for this movement. Others consider the rise in casual clothing being produced to be an influencing factor in casualness (Kiddie, 2009, Ryan 2010). By the middle of the 1990s, a majority of businesses had implemented a relaxed look in their workplace, having one business casual day a week. This has changed with more companies going casual every day (Cruz, 2009). But what exactly is business casual? It is hard to give this concept a concrete definition as the rules and regulations of business attire may vary from workplace to workplace. However, in layman’s terms it
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