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  • What to wear to score a promotion

    1. Rely on the Basics

    Stock your closet with six essentials: a fashionable black dress, a white  button-down, dark-wash jeans, a black pencil skirt, a black blazer, and black  pumps. They project a polished, pulled-together image, which bosses love, and  can be easily accessorized so you rock different looks every day. Plus, having  these on hand means you won't waste time standing in front of your closet in the  a.m. freaking out over what to wear.

    2. ...But Show Off Your Own Style

    You know the workplace requires you to tone down your usual vibe, but many  women make the mistake of eradicating it all together, and they end up blending  in with their coworkers and coming off as too stiff and business-like. Remember,  the goal is to get noticed-so don't be afraid to showcase your personal style by  wearing a statement necklace with a button-down and blazer, a  conversation-starting vintage skirt paired with a neutral top, or colorful heels  contrasted with a navy or black suit.

    3. When in Doubt, Cover Up

    Most dress codes are fairly relaxed these days, but you're trying to show  higher-ups that you're a team player who takes her work seriously, and that  means taking on a conservative look. The rules: Hemlines should fall about  knee-length, cleavage is always a no-no (forget even your most luxe plunging  v-necks and scoops), and exposed skin should never happen. Unless you're going  for a gig at Hooters.

    4. Stay Away From Fashion Fads

    Jeggings are cool for Friday night, but Friday at work is a different story.  Same with exposed zippers, clunky cocktail rings, and anything else you'd see on  Ke$ha. But aside from avoiding party wear in the workplace, human resource execs  also told us to stay away from knee-high boots, second-skin leggings, and sheer  blouses. You may think they're cubicle friendly, but your boss definitely  doesn't.

    5. Tone Down the Bling

    Cosmo polled 500 human resource execs and found one major fashion faux pas  you need to avoid: noise-making jewelry. Try this test before you leave your  place: walk around and wave your arms. If anything clanks or slides around, it  needs to go.

     

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