Whether you want to believe it or not, people judge you on the way you present yourself to the world, basically, how you dress and carry yourself.
I believe that you should dress for the position you want, not the position you have. Thoughts and actions have power. If you exude passion and confidence in the way you carry yourself, treat others, and dress, you will attain success. You become what you think and believe every day! Just as words have the power to breathe life or destroy, so do your thoughts. You are worth it, dress for success!
Dressing Well Inspires Confidence
When you are dressed well you exude a certain amount of confidence. When you dress appropriately you appear secure, calm, confident and prepared for things outside of your control; it also inspires trust and confidence.
Mary Lou Andre, President and Founder of Organization by Design explains “ask yourself, is this outfit appropriate for my business environment, position in the company and the industries I serve? Do my clothing and accessory choices create good business boundaries or am I overexposed and therefore going to come across as vulnerable, insecure or, worse, lacking judgment? Does my attention to detail show respect for myself, which instantly shows respect for others?”
Keep it Classy
Classic is always a good way to dress. Classic colours such as black, navy, and brown are a foundation of any wardrobe. If you would like to mix it up a bit, first consider the industry and workplace you work in. If a little bit of colour is acceptable, add colour as a compliment to your wardrobe. You want people to be impressed by your overall appearance, but not distracted by it.
Did you know that if you dress with old fashions that you can be perceived as an antiquated thinker? So get rid of those dresses from the ’80’s, ladies! It’s wise to be frugal, but investing in a quality wardrobe speaks for itself. As much as we would like to think that we are judged based off of what we have to say, our appearance leads, and our words follow. People see you first, hear you second.
Dressing well is extremely important as you climb the ranks in the workforce. Dress for the position you want, not the position you have. Everyone must start somewhere, but strive to be more than your current circumstances; dressing well is that first step.
by Brienne Torley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License.