Dressing to impress, no matter what the occasion is a reflection of your inner drive, your self-worth and character. Taking the few extra minutes in the morning to look your best, even if you’re not leaving the house changes your path to productivity. When you look good, you feel good which helps you perform well.
A potential employer may be out looking for a specific look. You never know where you can be approached by a potential employer and asked to apply for a position or be offered an interview.
When you have your look for the day together, you will feel better about yourself. A boost of self-confidence on a day when you are feeling less than perfect makes a great first impression. It shows that you understand the importance of always looking your best and making an impression no matter where you are.
A lifted spirit does great things for accomplishing goals. You have confidence and a will to succeed no matter what the day has to throw at you. On those days when you are feeling a little sluggish or just down, try wearing a happy color and accessorize using contrasting colors. Sometimes a little uplifting in spirit can start from the outside and dressing to impress can help achieve just that.
An interviewer will know, within 10-15 seconds, if you are the right person for the job. This opinion comes from your overall first look and impression. Improper attire and imperfect grooming can lead to a rejection while searching for a new position. Your credentials are important, but when you look the part, you are more likely to get the part. If you drop your resume off to a potential employer personally, pay attention to how those in plain view are dressed. This should give you an idea of what the employer expects as far as dress is concerned, so that you will make a better first impression with your new employer.
When you need versatility in your wardrobe but your wallet says differently, use a couple of my wardrobe tricks to minimize your spending. Your wardrobe should fit your lifestyle and have inclusions for every aspect of your life from around the house & athleisure to business attire & formal occasions.
- Consider purchasing a wardrobe with solid colors but have multiple types of accessories. Great shoes and a matching bag can do wonders.
- For inspiration on what’s in style for a particular season, purchase a copy of Instyle or Vogue magazine and study the looks before hitting the stores. As the photo above shows two skirt’s, one by Akris Punto available at Saks price $895.00 the other by JC Penney for the price of $39.99! Great example of the “Look for Less”.
- Go through your closet at the beginning of a new season and re-work some of your all time favorites with a few new additions that you purchase. You can change the way you wear a particular outfit with a new jacket, cardigan or by cropping a skirt or dress.
- Schedule a one hour wardrobe consulation with a trusted stylist and have them put together new looks from your existing wardrobe. Don’t buy one pant in six colors, make the first pair work in many different outfits by changing the top portion.
The Bottom Line
So no matter what your budget is, you can find all the latest trends that are affordable if you just know what to look for.
First impressions are made surrounding your appearance no matter where you go and let’s face it, life is too short to wear a bad outfit.