How To Dress Professionally
Is All About Attitude
How To Dress Professionally - While it is true that everyone should have their own personal style, it is not true that you should dress unprofessionally when you are at work. Obviously the picture on the right is what not to wear. Maybe you're thinking, "But my personal style is gym shorts, a t-shirt and tennis shoes," and it is perfectly acceptable to have a casual style.
However, when you are in the workplace, you want to present yourself in a professional manner. It goes without saying each type of job comes with its own dress code.
The words dressing professionally apply to all types of jobs. We most often associate it with banks and corporations.
Your clothes are one of the main things people judge when they first meet you, and if you don't know how to dress professionally, it can really hurt possible business relationships.
Dressing "professionally" doesn't have to hide your personal style. It is still very possible to maintain your personal style and at the same time be appropriately dressed. You will enjoy the benefit of being taken more seriouslyl
- If you are searching for a job, it is crucial that you learn how to dress professionally because employers want employees who look put together. Many employers feel that if you look professional, you can handle more responsibility. In fact, dressing appropriately can help you get promotions at work that you probably didn't seem capable of handling before you changed your style of dress.
- You don't have to have a large budget in order to learn how to dress professionally. Instead of purchasing the most expensive clothes in the stores, take time to price the types of clothes you like. If you have expensive taste, but you don't have the budget to support your shopping habit, keep in mind that you can always find something comparable at a lower price. Instead of buying the first thing you see, get into the habit of being a smart shopper.
- As you learn how to dress professionally, it is a good idea to take inventory of your closet and separate your clothes into different categories. Just because you work in an office setting, you will still need your casual clothes. I would suggest having a capsule wardrobe for each lifestyle you have. Learn how to have pieces that work together. You can start by visiting some of the links below that will teach you about styles and body shapes.
Building a Wardrobe
- It is a good idea to buy clothes in basic colors like black, blue, gray and white. It is ok to add an occasional splash of color; however you want your skills to get your employer's attention, not your shirt. If you are going to a job interview and you aren't sure what type of fashion atmosphere you will be entering, as a general rule of thumb, it is better to under-do it as opposed to over doing it. Once you've made your first impression, it can be difficult for people to forget your overly dressy image. The last thing you want to do is make people feel inferior if they aren't as dressy as you are.
- Although it is not technically a way of dressing, it is important to keep a professional hairstyle. It is a good idea to avoid extreme haircuts and extreme hair colors. Your appearance is a reflection of your employer, and when potential clients see your hair, you don't want them to be offended by your cutting edge style. You should also keep piercings to a minimum, and cover any visible tattoos. Many people are against tattoos, so you don't want your body art to cost you that big deal that you've been attempting to close.
- Make sure you keep your nails trimmed and clean, and keep your nail polish and makeup colors as neutral as possible. Also keep perfume to a minimum because many people are allergic to certain strong scents. If you have a job interview, you want to make sure that you don't want to be remembered in a negative light.
The Bottom Line
Dressing appropriately comes down to attitude and your willingness to go the extra mile to look pulled together and groomed. There are many women who feel that their qualifications should carry them through. But, make no mistake even if you are highly qualified for the position, you will come to realize grooming and dressing are the icing on the cake that separates the best from the average.
If you feel that you are unstoppable, and you carry yourself with confidence, then others will be able to see your confidence. Remember that people view you how you view yourself, so if you feel that you deserve the best, others will treat you in that way.
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