Right or wrong, you are first judged by the way you look instead of by what you know and what kind of a person you are. Almost everybody does it, including you. You have to look the part or you may not get to play the role.
Class and elegance have nothing to do with money – they are a look and an attitude. You can have both if you are willing to invest the time to learn a new skill.
Most Dress for Success violators fall into
three categories. They feel that:
They don’t have enough time or money to dress nicely
Appearance is superficial and unimportant
The rules don’t apply to them
10 Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make
Not making your best first impression
Thinking that it takes a lot of money to be able to have a great look
Not knowing how to look great every day
Not owning the “perfect” suit
Dressing too casually
Not looking as if you have a sense of style
Not accessorizing correctly
Not dressing correctly for your job
Not understanding how to use “color”
Not looking promotable
First Impressions - What Message Are You Sending?
One negative impression at the wrong time could hinder your career
One instant positive image could change your life
Thinking That It Takes A Lot Of Money To Be Able To Have A Great Look
Buy quality instead of quantity
Buy classics instead of trends
Spend the most money on the clothes you spend the most time in
Go shopping in your own closet to coordinate with new purchases
Buy clothes that fit
Not Knowing How To Look Great Everyday
If you don’t look great every day (or most days), it means that on the day you did look great it was an accident
Great looking accomplished people come in all shapes, sizes and ages
You can stand out without standing out
Wear boardroom looks instead of backroom looks
Invest in a wardrobe that works for you, not against you
Not Owning The “Perfect” Suit
A perfect suit is classic in style – it’s solid-color neutral, the pieces of which (jacket and pants/skirt) can be interchanged to give you more looks
It will fit as if it was made especially for you
From a quality standpoint, the fabric will feel good to the touch and be well cut so that it drapes beautifully
It will give you the exact look you want for the office
Dressing Too Casually
What does “Business Casual” mean?
Unfortunately, a standard definition of “business casual" does not exist. For some organizations and employees, it may mean khaki pants and an oxford shirt; others may see business casual as wool slacks and a blazer. The words “business casual” are subject to multiple interpretations depending on the environment. Err on the conservative side – don’t take the word “casual” too literally.
Do not mistake business casual for business sloppy!
BAD IDEA Too Casual
Not Looking As If You Have A Sense Of Style
Develop a sense of style that fits your personality, the person you want to be, and is more than perfect for the job you have right now
You can create any look and wear any style you wish (that’s appropriate for the office) as long as you get the scale, fit and balance right for your size and shape
Not Accessorizing Correctly
The way you use accessories communicates your individuality and presence. They can also tell others about the attention you pay to detail
When used properly, they can “pull” your outfit together to give you a polished look
Accessories include: any jewelry, scarves, ties, ornate buttons, belts, socks, shoes, purses and even your glasses and your hair!
BAD IDEA Get Sized and Wear Something That Fits
Not Dressing Correctly For Your Job
Play by any dress code “rules” your workplace or industry has (written or understood)
Wearing clothing viewed as appropriate for your workplace gives the impression that you are highly competent and a team player
BAD IDEA Dress Correctly For the Job
When you want to get it right every time,
the most important skill you can learn is
how to combine colors in a way that gives
you a great look. Learning this new skill will
serve you well for the rest of your life. It’s
your most important accessory and it’s free.
BAD IDEA Make Sure Your Make-Up Will Not Detract From What You Have to Say
Some classic signs that your lack of professional attire may be hurting your career:
A superior has flat-out told you that you need to wear more professional attire to be considered for another position.
Someone in your office always feels compelled to remind you to “dress nicely” for special events like meetings, presentations or other functions.
A co-worker with equal or lesser skills but nicer wardrobe was promoted over you.
On those odd days that you do take a little extra time with your professional attire, your co-workers want to know if you’re going for an interview.
You keep asking to be considered for a more visible role in your company, but all you get is management “runaround.”
RULE # 1
Remember - always look great
Whether you are wearing classic
business, business casual, ethnic
or formal clothes, you can
always look great!
RULE # 2
Dress smart, look smart, be smart
This means, among other things,
playing by any dress code
guidelines your workplace or
industry has (written or
understood). Create a look for yourself
that is even more attractive, yet
businesslike, than the code suggests.
RULE # 3
Dress equal to, or better than,
the top executive in your
Think easy elegance, not
overdone - quality, not quantity.
Invest in a wardrobe that works for you
From now on, don’t buy anything
unless it’s equal to or better than
the best look you have right now.
Spend the most money on clothes
you spend the most time in. Learn to
pass up a bargain if it doesn’t look
good on you.
RULE # 5
Don’t sacrifice comfort for looks or looks for comfort
Comfort can be found in any style
and shape so it’s never necessary
to make this sacrifice. When you
try something on, sit in it, walk
around in it and ask yourself how
it feels on your body.
Remember……… Before an interview, look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Is this the best I can look?”