Today, all of us have to know how to present ourselves in the best possible manner while in the professional setting. When we are in the office or say a client meeting we are a professional. Here’s a take on what matters. Women in India – a look at what makes good business etiquette.

Professional Appearance

Professional Appearance is not all about looking beautiful it‟s about looking pleasing and presentable. Our appearance shows how much importance we give to ourselves and we cannot get more value from the third person than the value we give to ourselves. It is for us to respect ourselves. As we have responsibilities towards our families we have responsibilities towards ourselves also. We have to understand it and honour it. The professional appearance of a woman needs to support her professional accomplishments. Demonstrating that we care about our personal appearance communicates to the person we are meeting with that they are important to us. Paying attention to the details of our appearance sends a message to others that we will also pay close attention to business details, and the needs of our customers and clients.

Demonstrating that we care about our personal appearance communicates to the person we are meeting with that they are important to us.

Right Attire

All of us will agree on the importance of the right clothing at any required point. It is not that we don‟t know how to dress, but then not all clothes suits all the occasion. As Indians, we are accustomed to wearing so many types of clothes, colour and so many symbols. But choosing the right colour, patterns will serve a great purpose. Indian women sari, suit, shirt, trousers, Skirts. Unlike men attires, we have so much to choose from. Amongst this, the best attire is whatever suits us the best and what represents oneself the best. The dressing that communicates who we are. Light colour Sari, in one colour or with slight print or with broad border is best. A red colour sari with “Zari” may look fantastic in social functions, but it is complete no in a professional set up. As far professional dressing is concerned, we should keep it simple and sophisticated. Dark colours convey authority; bright colours convey friendliness. Light colours such as taupe and khaki are generally more casual than black, grey, or navy.

As far professional dressing is concerned, we should keep it simple and sophisticated

Makeup

The Makeup should not be too heavy. The lipstick shades should be selected best to match your complexion. Dark and glossy shades should be avoided. Keep it simple and appropriate. Too much of makeup is not at all advisable, but wearing no makeup at all is almost as bad as wearing too much makeup.

Jewellery is a women best friend but it is best flaunted outside professional life. Excessive jewellery making clicking sound

Jewellery

Jewellery is a women best friend but it is best flaunted outside professional life. Excessive jewellery making clicking sounds, large or costume jewellery should be avoided. Earrings should be conservative, small and above the earlobe. A small chain with a small pendant is good enough. Necklaces should not dangle between cleavage, and bracelets should not make noise. Ankle bracelets that make noise should be avoided. One important point to remember, when dressing in either business or business casual attire is that quality is much more important than quantity. One classic bracelet or ring is better than an armful of bangles or rings on every finger. It is better to wear no jewellery at all than to wear too much jewellery. But all business women should at least wear a nice, conservative wristwatch.

One classic bracelet or ring is better than an armful of bangles or rings on every finger

Accessories

Dressing for success includes more than choosing the right outfit. To complete professional look one must also consider accessories and personal grooming. A good quality leather portfolio will impress more than a loud, colourful bag. Purse colours should coordinate with shoe colour. The purse is one of the most crucial accessories that women carry. It is better to have one purse of good quality then having ten purses each matching with the dress. A good purse should be black or brown in colour, easy to open in case you need to find an item inside. It should serve as a small organizer of your things. Never use a shopping bag, book bag, or backpack in place of a briefcase.

Perfumes and Scents

There is nothing worse than smelling of a rotten egg. Never forget to wear your perfume daily to keep your body odour away. The perfume should be light. It should not be that fills the room as soon as you enter it.

Fingernails and Hands

Women are known by the hands, they keep, as they often use their hands to talk with so they become a focal point. So, therefore, it is important to have hands and fingernails looking professional. Having half nails with nail paints is worst. It takes five extra minutes only to remove the left out nail polish. Nails should be clean and trimmed or sculpted. Polite nail paints with light colour are best. Avoid wearing unusual or shocking nail colours. Nail art and nail jewels are not acceptable for business meetings.

Hair Styling for Business Women

Style should be neat and conservative, and off the face. Mainly open hair is not considered professional until it is too short to be tied. Fancy rubber bands, studded pins are to be avoided. With few exceptions, hair colour should not be shocking or unusual. Hair sprays and gels that have a strong scent or odour should be avoided.

 

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