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Women get classes on office dress

LONDON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- About 400 female accountants with the British firm Ernst & Young have been given classes on how to dress appropriately for the office.

The voluntary classes, which were organized by House of Color image consultants, cautioned the women against wearing low-cut tops, strong perfume or evening bags during daytime office activities, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

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Fleur Bothwick, head of diversity at Ernst & Young, said that dressing for the office is a far more complicated matter for women than it is for men, who she said can simply opt for the classic suit and tie combination.

"You don't want to be remembered as the woman with red lips, or leave people wondering, 'How does she walk on those heels?'" Bothwick said.

The women in the classes were also advised to "think of your color palette -- wear colors that bring out the best in your skin tone and hair color."

Anne Freden, chairwoman of Ernst & Young's women's network, said female workers were unsure about what they should be wearing to work.

"There is a huge number of capable and talented women at Ernst & Young looking to maximize their achievement in the firm and in their career, and looking for the skills and tips and tools to do that," she said. "The firm doesn't view this as something that is nice to have, but as an integral part of the business strategy."

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