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Your First Year of Work Author Shelagh Foster Shares Advice on Proper Work Attire

Your First Year of WorkIn Your First Year of Work: The Survival Guide Shelagh Foster shares much needed advice with recently matriculated youngsters and those entering the work force for the first time, answering questions they did not even know they should ask.

Foster also writes an advice blog where she offers workplace advice to those in need, responding to questions she has recieved. In one of the most recent entries she addresses appropriate work attire in response to a young woman who was recently told by her boss that her red suit was “too red”:

Dear Shelagh

I recently started my first job at a large accounting firm. Obviously, we have to dress “corporate”. I am only a junior secretary, so I don’t have a lot of money, but I went out and bought three suits that I could afford. I have recently been called in to my manager’s office and told that my red suit is “too red” and that I need to tone it down a little. I have three suits that I wear on different days, and I’ve spoken to the other girls and they say that they have about the same. I feel that my red suit is being unfairly criticised. There’s nothing in the company rules that says we can’t wear red. Am I being unreasonable, or are they?

Red Suit

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