Workplace Fashion Police – Just the Facts

The Workplace Fashion PoliceWorkers and job seekers, the advice you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the improperly dressed.

It was Friday, Oct. 26, and sultry day at Fashion Police headquarters. I was getting reports of neglected promotions, missing job offers, and lacking professionalism. I didn’t know why it was happening, but I had to try to stop it. Appearances can be deceiving, especially in this workplace-fashion lineup. According to Southwest Florida Business Today, 93% of executives across the country admit a person’s work attire influences his or her chances of earning a promotion.

This is a video. I carry a badge. I am the Fashion Police – I tell the difference between who gets hired and promoted, and who doesn’t.


  1. Sali Peterson

    I am still smiling. This is such a great way to get the point across. I continually find young people today do not understand the concept of “business” casual. Some of their choices make me shutter. It is often difficult to address face-to-face without risking insulting the person or worse. In the past, I thought it was handled best in the employee packet and, when necessary, with HR.
    Your video is fantastic.
    I am now going to pass this site on to HR departments of the companies with whom I often consult.
    thank you,

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      Jared Cole

      Thank you Sali for such a wonderful comment. Our offices have to deal with workplace dress quite frequently, and it’s a very fine line to dance on when explaining to applicants what is appropriate to wear during interviews and at work.

      Spread the word that the Workplace Fashion Police is always on duty!

      Thanks again, Sali!

    2. Elaine Williams

      I worked at a temporary job and was quite surprised to be given a 6 page description of do’s and don’ts in how to dress. Perhaps this is the trend, since designers make clothes routinely to fit so tight and can be quite revealing. The directive described in great detail, what items were okay and what were not, for not only women but men as well. It even went into detail as to what was okay on the Friday casual day. I guess these days, it has come to that.

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        Jared Cole

        That’s a good point, Elaine. Serving in youth groups growing up and now volunteering as an adult leader for those groups, I’ve seen a strong shift towards more casual attire in their activities. So, I’m not surprised that employers are really cracking down on what is considered appropriate attire for a work environment. I can’t wait to see what workplace fashion will be like in 15-20 years when the Millennials start taking on senior leadership roles. Thoughts?

        Thanks for the great input, Elaine!

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