The do’s and don’ts of business formal (not to mention business casual and business festive) are worth revisiting for a reason: They can be illusive and change as often as the business landscape (see: Silicon Valley, land of hoodies and flipflops).
But apparently, they haven’t shifted too much for 34SP.com, a UK web hosting provider, that gives business attire advice straight out of “Mad Men” (and not in a good way). The company’s infographic, entitled “What to Wear to a Business Meeting” provides pretty routine advice for men: wear a suit, get a clean haircut, “think classic than trendy,” etc. But when giving advice for the ladies, 34SP.com recommends female professionals “keep hair smooth and simple.” As a professional lady who does not have “smooth and simple” hair, but rather coarse curls for days, the message is that non-white hair is somehow unprofessional. We definitely do not need any advice that contributes to this racist notion.
But wait, there’s more.
Other advice for women includes “wearing a daytime appropriate perfume,” because no business meeting is complete without your sweet, feminine smell to wow your employees.