I was reading an article on line from Forbes that I found interesting. Allow me to quote them for accuracy.

1. “Tall people get paid more money: A 2004 study by Timothy Judge at the University of Florida found that for every inch of height, a tall worker can expect to earn an extra $789 per year. That means two equally skilled coworkers would have a pay differential of nearly $5,000 per year, simply because of a 6-inch height differential, according to the study.

2. Fat people get paid less: Obese workers (those who have a Body Mass Index of more than 30) are paid less than normal-weight coworkers at a rate of $8,666 a year for obese women, and $4,772 a year for obese men, according to a George Washington University study that cited data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 2004. And other studies indicate obese women are even more likely to be discriminated against when it comes to pay, hiring and raises.

3. Blondes get paid more: A 2010 study from the Queensland University of Technology studied 13,000 Caucasian women and found blondes earn greater than seven percent more than female employees with any other hair color. The study said the pay bump is equivalent to the boost an employee would generally see from one entire year of additional education.

4. Workers who workout get paid more: According to a study in the Journal of Labor Research, workers who exercise regularly earn nine percent more on average than employees who don’t work out. The study from Cleveland State University claims people who exercise three or more times a week earn an average of $80 a week more than their slothful coworkers.

5. Women who wear makeup make more: Not only do people judge beauty based on how much makeup a woman is wearing, make-up adorned women also rank higher in competence and trustworthiness, according to a study funded by Procter & Gamble,Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A study in the American Economic Review said women who wear make-up can earn more than 30 percent more in pay than non makeup wearing workers.

6. Handsome people are paid handsomely: A Yale University study from Daniel Hamermeshfinds employers pay a beauty premium to attractive employees. The beautiful workers earn an average of roughly five percent more, while unattractive employees can miss out on up to almost nine percent, according to the study.

7. If you’re too pretty, it’s a pity: Generally speaking, attractive people make out when it comes to salary and hiring. But what about the exceedingly attractive among us? If you’re an attractive man, don’t sweat it because you always enjoy an advantage, according to a 2010 study that appeared in the Journal of Social Psychology. However, women rated as very attractive face discrimination when applying to “masculine” jobs.”

Wow what is a person to do?

Here are a few tips for dressing professionally on the job:

1.  Stock your closet — Start with some versatile basics perhaps a pair of black pants, or a dark pant suit, even some button-down collared shirts and a classic pair of dark shoes. Once you have these staples, you can build your wardrobe to give you plenty of options.

2. Keep it neat and clean – This goes without saying, make sure your pants, shirts and other clothes are ironed, stain-free and in good condition. When your clothes look sloppy, so do you.

3. Steer clear of bar attire — Don’t mistake the office for the local watering hole. You are not going out clubbing. Leave the slinky shirts, tight pants and cut off t-shirts at home.

Options for you are professional attire which is the most formal. Full suits are appropriate for everyday wear in certain professions, and for special presentations and meetings in more casual atmospheres. This means suits, button down shirts (and ties) for men and tailored blouses for women, and dress shoes for both. Or you can consider business casual which is a bit more relaxed. Business casual attire means button-down shirts and pants for men, and a skirt or pants with a blouse or appropriate sweater for women. Wearing a coordinating sport coat or blazer is fine. Khakis and a polo shirt that bears the corporate logo are usually acceptable for both genders. Women should avoid leggings, stirrup pants, miniskirts and skorts. The final look is casual. This is reserved for the most casual work environments, casual wear can include jeans, sneakers, polo shirts or sport shirts. Avoid wearing jogging suits, T-shirts, skimpy sandals or flip-flops, sweat pants, muscle shirts or any revealing clothing.

If you are going to wear jewelry, makeup, perfume, and cologne this should be in good taste, with limited visible body piercing. Remember, that some employees are allergic to the chemicals in perfumes and make-up, so wear these substances with restraint.

Corporate dressing helps you get noticed and stand apart from the rest. You need to create your own unique style to survive the competition. Why would your boss pick you for that important business deal if there is no difference between you and everyone else? Dressing formally gives you that extra edge, it makes you feel confident and fresh throughout the day. The moment you put on your formal clothes, you tend to be alert and attentive at work. Corporate dressing gives you a sense of pride and team spirit among employees, one of the most essential factors which decide the growth chart of an individual. Always dress fort the job you desire.

Originally published in the Democrat & Chronicle on February 4th, 2015.