Dressing for Impressing…

Dressing for Impressing…

When it comes to “workwear” dressing, there are a multitude of possible options — and an equal number of ways to go wide of the mark. Professional attire matters because like it or not, the impression we make on others, is shaped by our appearance.
Clothing selections that flatter you, your shape and your personality will all make a difference in the impression you make. If you feel good about how you look…you will walk into a room with your head held high and an unspoken confidence…ready to have the best impact on those around you.
However, a wardrobe fail may not only be a distraction but may also bring your professionalism into question.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to what’s appropriate for the workplace. What is acceptable varies by industry and corporate culture but here is my guide to looking polished and professional wherever you are:
Suited and booted…
If a suit is required, make sure it fits well and is in a good neutral colour for you so you can easily wear it with other colours. Personal touches can be added with a printed shirt or statement piece of jewelry.
Business casual…
There are several interpretations of this concept. Your safest bet is to opt for a skirt and neat jumper or shirt, or dress.  Remember to make sure your shoes are linking with your outfit and are playing their part.
Cool Casual…
In creative environments such as ad agencies, the dress code is pretty relaxed…but you will still want to inspire confidence in your clients/ boss/ colleagues so rein in the flip flops and opt for clean, simple lines that you know work for your body shape such as a jumpsuit or cropped trousers and a shirt.
Always dress one step above your client…
Your client may always opt for the dressed down look, but if you are their accountant, your dress code needs to be smarter as your ultimate goal is to project an appearance that will give your client confidence regarding your skills.
In good nick…
Make sure you check your clothes for any stains, holes, tears, or missing items that will detract from your appearance. Shoes should be in good shape, scuff-free and polished.
Stay under cover…
Whether it’s cleavage, midriffs or legs, it’s never advisable to bare too much skin at the office, regardless of the season as you never know what other people can see of you when you are bending down/reaching up/sitting in a certain position.
The final details…
Make sure you have makeup on that flatters your colouring and your hair is where you want it to be…so that the icing is firmly “on the cake”!
If you feel you or the company you work for would like more information about the services I offer to help employees to feel more confident in how they dress and to help companies feel confident that their brand is being represented in the right way across all outlets, do take a look at the Corporate Services section of my website or contact me to discuss your requirements further.
Featured Picture From Donna Karen
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