Whether you work in an office, in a bar or doing something more manual, what you wear to work can still have a big impact on how you are perceived by others around you. The fact of the matter is that while some people like to say that appearance is irrelevant, it clearly can have a large impact on how you are treated at work and how easily you can get on in your career. Here are five things you should think about if you want to dress to impress at work:
Dress for the Job You Want
There is nothing wrong with aspirations and certainly nothing wrong with letting other people know that you have them. Often, you can dress in a way that reflects your hopes for the future progression of your career and being a cut above in terms of fashion sense and work appropriate style never hurt when it came to making an upwards career move.
Dress for Your Day
There is no point trying to be the height of fashion if the clothes you are wearing are not suited to the day you are going to have. If you are active and dashing around all over the place then you will want to dress differently to someone who will be spending most of the day behind a desk. Someone meeting high-profile clients or having important business meetings will obviously want to dress rather more formally than someone who does not interact with others in a business setting much during their day.
Wear Clothes that Fit
You will, I assume, think that you already do wear clothes that fit. But you would be surprised by the number of people who regularly wear ill-fitting clothes that do them a real disservice when it comes to looking smart at work. Do you really know that you are wearing the right size? Whether they are too big or too tight, clothes that do not fit will not look right, which could leave some people slightly ill at ease.
Look Put Together
Looking ‘put together is about more than just washing, ironing and taking good care of your clothes, it is also about knowing how to put together an ensemble. You should always, always consider any item of clothing not on its own but in relation to the other items in your wardrobe. Try to create looks that are unique to you, not too bold but not too safe either. This is a delicate balancing act but one that can be accomplished by anyone who knows how to look in a mirror and truly see what they are looking at. You will know when something suits you and when it does not. Just trial outfits in front of the mirror until you come up with a look you love.
Consider Colour Coding
The colours you wear can have an impact on how you are viewed at work. You should consider not only which colours suit you but also how the colours you wear affect the mood of those around you and the judgements about you they may subconsciously be making.
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