Something that might be overlooked but needs to be addressed is your visual appearance. Most people will size you up in a matter of seconds based off of body language, your clothing, and personal grooming/hygiene. It might seem superficial to some but should not be overlooked I know that dressing for success means different things to different people and that the fashion scene is changing constantly. Here is a list that I have put together for people that are looking to either get promoted in the office place or going on their first date.
The First Impression is One of the Most Important
You never know who you will run into and where you will do it at. If you are presenting to an audience or searching for a job, you will have some time to prepare for the upcoming event, but what if you ran into a potential business partner while in the grocery store? Will that person take you seriously if you are wearing flip flops and a tank top? They still might, but it will take a lot more convincing. Here are some guidelines to follow for many occasions and circumstances.
It’s not the designer clothing, but how you wear it:
You can buy the best clothing on the market, but to pull off the look you will need to press your clothing or take it to the dry cleaners. Wearing fitted pants always helps and having polished shoes that stand out makes all the difference in the world. It may seem like a lot to ask, but you should tuck in that shirt and make sure the buttons line up. The details will always show and having everything in order before you walk out the door is important.
Raise the bar one step higher:
It is always important to know what your future prospects or employers are wearing. If they have sport coats on but no tie then you should add a tie to your outfit. You never want to overdress for the occasion or come off as arrogant, but you want to make them aware that you pay attention to the details.
Grooming is more important than your style:
In no way am I saying that you can wear an old t-shirt and pull off getting hired at an interview. What I am saying is that if you have a great outfit on and have bad breath, unkempt fingernails, or need help with men’s grooming (or women) it will show. Take the extra five minutes in the morning and work on the finer details.
Maintaining good body posture
Even I catch myself slumping down in the chair from time to time but as soon as I am conscious I correct my position. Walking with a purpose will show others that you are a leader and projects confidence. You shouldn’t overdue the body language at the same time and finding a healthy balance is key. Over time you will learn better habits and also have more energy.
Conclusion of Dressing for Success
If you are on a budget and can only afford a couple nice outfits, then start there. Wearing clothing that looks sharp will always help boost your confidence and help you on your path to your goals. If you are single and trying to land a date, following the advice above is crucial to attracting a partner. What do you want to say about yourself that is projected to others?
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