They say that first impressions are everything and I believe it. Think of anyone you have ever met. How did you feel upon meeting them? Did anything stand out? As a businessman, I know how important it is to dress for success. I cannot expect a client to take me seriously if I do not look the part. It is important to look your very best, well put together and ready to tackle the job ahead. Consider your own wardrobe and any changes you might could make to look your very best.
Dress with Confidence
Whenever you are preparing your wardrobe, be it for work or play, you need to dress with confidence. If you do not feel comfortable in your clothing, it will show. For example, I wear dress shirts on a regular basis. I make sure each shirt is the right size and I have enough room to move. If I were to wear a tighter dress shirt, I would be uncomfortable. I would not feel as comfortable when I meet with clients, which would be off-putting to the potential client. You want to dress with confidence, looking your very best and ensuring all clothing fits your body properly.
Be Pressed and Ready
Your pants, shirt, jacket, etc. should all be pressed and ready to wear. If you do not have the time or the know-how to press your own clothing, take your wardrobe to a dry cleaners. You need to have every piece of your wardrobe pressed and looking professional. If you wear clothing on the job that is not pressed and looks wrinkled, you will give off an air that you do not care how you look nor do you take the time to look your best. This can give the impression to a potential client that you will not do your very best for the service they need.
Think about the position you hold. Are you a realtor or desk clerk? You want to dress accordingly to the job at hand. Thankfully, I have my own business so I can dress how I like. I make sure I look nice and that I put my best foot forward when meeting new clients. However, many employers require a uniform or certain type of dress. Be sure that you are up to date on the dress code standards, ensuring that you look your best but also stay in the dress code of your company.
Even during an interview, you should look your very best. If you do not currently have a job or would like to change companies, be sure to dress well during your interview. Not only dress well during the interview, but do the same for follow-up interviews or when you actually get the job. Don’t dress up for show then dress down once you receive the position. Care about how you look and show everyone that you are confident in your appearance. You will feel great and be very successful when you look and feel the part.