f you want to make a good impression you must remember the the importance of styling and dress for success.

It really makes no difference what industry you are part of; first impressions are very important. When it comes to our professions and career paths putting our best foot forward is key. In these times of informality and casual Fridays, getting a handle on what is appropriate and suitable and what is not can be tough.

We all know that how competent you are at your job has nothing to do with what you wear, but in fact it can say a whole lot about you. If you want to be taken seriously then you must dress like you care. If you dress like you don’t care that is definitely the impression you are giving. Should you be judged by your clothes? Of course not but no matter what they say, everyone judges so if you want to be taken seriously then you have to show you give a hoot and dress for success.

Dress for Success and Career Victory

It is difficult to know how to properly dress for a job in a time when you can find Presidents and CEOs dressing very, very casually. And while some say appearance and image isn’t everything. The majority say “they” are wrong and really it is important to dress to impress. It has been said; that a professional wardrobe and dressing suitably is as essential as timeliness and achieving deadlines. So the best way to tackle this issue is to recognize and comprehend business values.

How Should You Dress for Success

When it comes to dressing for success making a good impression is top of the list. For some it’s simple and for others it”s a hard task to overcome. Here are some basic tips to get started.

Tip One – The first step to assembling that just right professional wardrobe is to look at those at the top of your industry, office and company. Once you’ve established the trendsetters whether it be within your industry or from the pages of fashion magazines use them as a guideline to model and market yourself.

Tip Two – Know your companies dress code. So many of us feel “the proof is in the pudding” and our work quality should speak for itself. But as we  know that’s not always the case, our appearance and look is of equal importance. If your office has a mandated dress code then always, always be sure to observe any and all policies as directed.

Tip Three – When it comes to your look, the fit and color do matter and are key when it comes to dressing for success. An outfit that is too big or too small, too fitted or too baggy is not appropriate and sends the wrong message. Color does affect people emotionally with the unconscious message that our clothing is conveying. Colors stir up various reactions and influence people in ways that don’t gel with career advancement. It is imperative to wear clothing that fits and colors that help you to put your best foot forward.

Dressing for success and business clothing doesn’t have to break the bank. Take an inventory of what you already own and then enhance that wardrobe. And when it comes to putting it all together let your personality shine through and remember to up the ante when it comes to personal grooming. Keep in mind, it really only takes some very simple steps to enhance your persona and help get you up the corporate ladder.

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