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The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet Your Way to Success by Barbara Pachter

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35. Just the FACS, Madam: Business Clothing Essentials

People will ask me, “Can I wear this outfit?” My answer is, “I don’t know unless you have paid attention to the FACS.” FACS is an acronym I created to help people choose their clothing whether in a business or business casual dress work environment.

Each letter of the FACS stands for something:

F stands for fit. Your clothing needs to fit properly. You can spend a fortune on an item, but if it is too big or too small, it isn’t going to look good. One man bought shirts a size larger in order to have a fitted neck. But there was all this extra fabric hanging at his sides. He looked like he was wearing his big brother’s shirt.

Men need to have their jackets big enough so they can button and ...

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