Grooming is caring for personal appearance, hygiene, and clothing. It is usually in the context of how a person looks and how he/she is dressed. But, grooming also includes how a person behaves. When you are part of an organization, you represent the organization and whatever you do, creates an impression of your organization.
Dressing is part of that critical first impression. And first impressions are difficult to change. Dress like the people one level higher than your position.
How you great others, the way you carry out a conversation, your deportment, the way you sit, the way you eat and your tone of voice, all combine to create a well groomed package along with your dress sense.
Grooming Tips for Males
Have well styled hair.
Maintain the natural colour.
Have well trimmed sideburns.
Nails in general (Fingers/toes) should always be short and clipped.
Hands must be clean and stain free
During work hours, chewing tobacco or chewing gum should be avoided.
Avoid stuffing pockets that distort the shape of the trousers.
Maintain a sharp centre crease by treating trousers well and keeping them well ironed.
Avoid stuffing pockets.
Keep a good quality pen as poor ones may leak.
Avoid rolling or pushing up sleeves.
Keep cuffs and collars clean.
Choose plain shirts of subtle stripes to be safe.
Colour co-ordinate with your shirt.
Do not keep it too short.
Keep you tie width of your lapel: wear wide ties with a wider lapel, narrower ties with narrower lapels.
Keep the shoes well-polished and clean at all times.
Try and match belt and shoes.
Use dark good quality leather belts.
Use dark colour socks and avoid white sports socks
Avoid sports and casual jackets but formal
Make a habit of carrying a clean white handkerchief.
Business Dress for Men
The Tie This traditionally has been considered the most important accessory for men. Keep you tie width of your lapel: wear wide ties with a wider lapel, narrower ties with narrower lapels.
Belts Coordinate belts with shoe color. The widest acceptable width for the office is one-and-a-quarter inches.
Jewelry Less is more. A wedding ring, a watch, and perhaps on other ring (such as signet or family crest) are acceptable. Bracelets and neck chains are rarely acceptable in any business setting.
Beard The clean-shaven look is still preferred in most workplaces. However a well-trimmed beard is usually acceptable.
Casual Attire Casual attire usually refers to clothing worn when relaxing on weekends or your days off. This includes worn blue jeans, inappropriate shorts, sweat suits, T-shirts
Formal Business Attire This refers to the traditional business suit Formal business attire is appropriate when meeting with customers of clients, or if you work in an industry (such as banking, finance, or law) that dictates formal business dress.
Grooming Tips for Females
Long hair should be tried back and short hair should be styled to fall neatly.
Should not be visible.
Avoid wearing false eyelashes.
If using nail polish, make sure it is not chipped.
Use studs instead of dangling earrings.
Choose a bracelet over numerous bangles that jangle.
Salwar kameez should not be flashy.
Trousers should not be worn too low.
Avoid sleeveless clothes if involved in public dealing.
Avoid noisy heels.
Business Dress for Women
After a business meeting, your associates should not be able to remember what you were wearing. They should be able to remember that you were well-dressed.
Always look your best when meeting with clients and customers.
Colors that are too loud, fabrics that are non-traditional, and extremely trendy clothing send a message that you either don’t care about proper business dress or you don’t know what proper business attire is. Either way, you lose credibility.