If you want to be taken seriously at work or by job recruiters and your boss, how you dress and present yourself is very important. Your ability to impress who you meet including potential clients can be pivotal to your career success.
Always slightly overdress for your position in the workplace. Dress for the job you want and not for the job you have. By dressing impeccably and a little above expectations, you show that you are eager to be at your workplace. It can show that you are detailed and you are pedantic and competent.
Being slightly overdressed isnt the same as being completely overdressed or under-dressed. In a bid to trying to fit in to whatever role or position you are applying for it is ideal not to turn up absolutely over-dressed or under-dressed. That is why it is important to find out what the dress code is for the position and department you are applying for in a company. When you know what the company dress code is you can dress up a notch better than the usual dress code.
It may be worrying that you cant afford to dress for the job you want especially when you are hoping to move up a level. However here are five tips on getting your dress sense correctly and having the right wardrobe.
Be meticulous about your clothes
When you look at the labels of the clothes you buy, try and follow the instructions given. Even if it will cost more money or time when you are doing laundry, your clothes will last longer by following the instructions to the letter. Also dont buy clothes that require dry clean only. Such clothes that require dry cleaning can become expensive.
Buy fewer, but quality items
Look for high- quality clothing stores in your area and get familiar with quality brands that you can buy. Quality consignment stores always have better pieces than thrift stores and discount stores. You will be buying fewer clothes when you buy quality items, but you will be making a better fashion statement when you dress. Look for different colors or pieces that you can easily mix and match instead of clothes that are already matched together.
Try and buy clothes that have classic styles and colors that will last. Do not go for trendy times, especially when you are shopping on a budget. If you want to make a fashion statement by dressing trendy make sure what you buy are inexpensive items that can be easily replaced.
Be attentive to fit
Find a good tailor who can adjust all your clothes to a perfect fit, even the inexpensive clothes you have. Sometimes what makes a difference between an expensive piece of clothing and an inexpensive one is all in the fit.
Seek durable Fabrics
Avoid man-made fabrics like polyester and rayon which will decline and show wear faster. Look for durable fabrics like wool, cotton, silk and linen.
It is possible to dress with your desired position in mind by being more creative and planning smarter. Even if you are working at an entry level position always be attentive to the way you dress. It will be purposeful for your career success.
If you have any wardrobe dos and donts please share and comment. I will appreciate it.
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