Appearance is Everything (In my opinion)
The public persona of how a woman should dress for work has changed so much. I use to love watching people, judging them on how they're dressed or who they're with, etc. I would often wonder "did they actually look in the mirror this morning" before they left. Back then in 1976 I was just out of high school and thought that I dressed appropriately and professionally for my new job in Public Relations. Even though the styles were much different, a woman could still find the classic outfits and dresses to suit the job she had.
To me appearance is everything in the working world, especially when you are dealing with the public day in and day out. Having been in retail for the last eight years though, I have succumbed to jeans/pants and logo tees with vests to aprons. There are those however that choose to wear tee shirts or blouses that expose themselves or tight leggings that look really bad when your not skinny.
Any person that goes into a job interview in a retail atmosphere, should pay attention to how everyone else is dressed and pretty much follow the flow. Casual is fine, but not flaunting every single curve of your body in a home improvement store where you have men that ogle every woman that walks in. When you are an employee, dress accordingly.
One of my motto's is that if you feel good about yourself, then you know that you look good too. If I get a good night's sleep and feel rested in the morning, I feel great and ready to take on the world.Some of our regular customers happened to need help on a couple of things that I don't normally do, but I was able to help and they were very appreciative. Not that this statement is relevant, but a person exudes that confidence that comes from within.
A neat appearance is just a plus in your favor, but any man or woman can still look becoming and presentable in a shirt that has a logo on it or an apron/vest on. A retail company cannot discriminate when hiring a person at minimum wage, but at least that person being hired can represent that store or company in the proper attire. Dress codes are mandatory no matter where you work and stipulate what is expected of that
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