Yandy Smith's Office Chic: Is Traditional Business Attire Obsolete?
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

In the business world, your appearance can tell a thousand stories, even before one word is spoken. From the job seeker to the CEO, the personal branding process begins every day with that very important question: What do I wear to the office today?

Many experts agree that appropriate attire can vary depending on the culture of an industry, however, when it comes to that first interview or impression, skewing more conservative is often advised. In many offices, a tailored suit that’s not too tight or ill-fitting, with a modest oxford or pump usually does the trick, whether it’s getting the dream job or closing a deal with a new client.

VH1 recently highlighted the “business chic” of Love & Hip Hop star and young entrepreneur Yandy Smith, where she talks about a favorite head-to-toe look: a form-fitting, printed Alexander McQueen dress and metallic gold, open-toe booties. In the entertainment industry, this screams fashionable and on-trend, but what about for the typical entry-level candidate or worker in other industries?



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TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: In today’s business landscape, has traditional business attire — the suit (and tie) with a modest shoe — become obsolete?

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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