The One Thing to Never Wear to a Meeting With Your Boss

Picking out an outfit for work can be frustrating enough, but if you’ve got an important meeting with your boss on the calendar? Even trickier. “Whenever you’re going to a review or a job interview, always cover your arms,” etiquette expert and Poised for Success author Jacqueline Whitmore said, almost immediately, when I asked about a safe outfit formula for meeting with the person who signs your paychecks.

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“Don’t go in with your sleeveless, cute dress. Your arms might look great, but this is a business meeting, and if you’re going in for a raise or have been asked to give a presentation, the more skin you show, the more distracting it is,” she said, pointing out that men never show their arms in the workplace (“unless it’s on the golf course”).

Elbow-length tops won’t cut it either; according to Jacqueline, you need coverage to the wrist. Keep in mind too that Jacqueline lives and works in South Florida (she’s a founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach!) so objections about weather won’t fly with her. If you live somewhere warm, pick a lighter fabric.

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