Q: Our company has casual Fridays and in general has a much more relaxed atmosphere about dress than most companies I’ve worked at. Is it acceptable to dress “above” the company’s requirements? I have been told to always dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
A: In a nutshell, yes, it is acceptable to dress “above” your office’s requirements. I like the concept of dressing for the job you aspire to, rather than the job you now hold. Another approach is to dress “one notch up.” This will give you a sense of how far “above” the norm is acceptable. For a man, if the general work attire is a pullover shirt and khakis, wearing a three-piece suit is probably going too far. A button-down shirt and blazer would be a more appropriate wardrobe upgrade.