Brian Alden: In the business world it's important to attract attention for the right reasons. Your parents can speak volumes to your coworkers and boss. If your goal is to move up at work or land a new job, remember the saying, dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
The best way to begin this process is to establish your career goals. If you aspire to be a CEO or upper management, there are many resources online that give you tips. You can also do a little research around your own office to see what the people in leadership positions are wearing.
Most likely, you'll be starting below the position you ultimately desire. Remember to dress appropriately for the task at hand. If your job is labor intensive, clean up your look instead of going fully business professional.
Wearing nice slacks instead of jeans could be the first step towards your upper mobility. With the right wardrobe, you will able to stand out for you clean polished look and for the amazing work you've been doing in the office. Whether it is fair or unfair, you will be judged on your attire in the workplace.
So take the time to do some research on the job you wish to hold and invest in a wardrobe that will set you on the path to your career goal.