How Your Business Style Will Make You Succeed
When you see another individual, within a few seconds based upon the way they look, you will have judged their character and made certain preconceptions about them. This is something we all do without thinking about it.
People will also do it to you, so your appearance can boost you up or let you down and emit messages about you that might not necessarily be accurate. We have all had those moments when we run to the shop looking worse for wear, and we bump into that old school friend and we worry what they will think of us. Really we should care what message we emit all the time, what strangers must think of us by the way we appear. While it’s impossible to be immaculate all the time, when in a professional work environment, there is no excuse.
In business, it’s these quick few initial seconds where we are judged that can secure deals and propel our career. Our business presentation can be important for our future. In meetings and pitches what is said is of course of key importance, but presentation is everything.
Your outfit of choice should represent what you do. If you have a creative job, you should present yourself in a smart manner but also show your creativity in the way you dress, it will be expected from you, and will show others you are the full package.
If you are office based, a smart suit is always a winner, but unusual tailored cuts and accessories can make you stand out from the dreary grey suit crowd and get you noticed. Fellow colleagues and your boss will take note of your efforts.
Really think how it is you want other to perceive you. Are you the manager seeking more respect? If so, look into power dressing. Power dressing involves sharp clean lined outfits which scream out that you are a confident and responsible individual. Uniforms are designed just for this purpose, police uniforms are designed to make us feel a certain respect for police officers based on their appearance alone. A work based outfit should serve the same purpose, and it may not be your preferred style, but if viewed as a work uniform, your look will come together and you will feel comfortable in it.
Where to start…
Think about the sort of job you have and your career progression aims. If you want people to take you seriously research styles in magazines that you feel look professional and reflect the sort of career you have and have that ‘power’ look. You want your outfit to have a sense of you, so choose outfits that aren’t a million miles away from your character, but remember it is a uniform. If you are unsure, make the most of trying different looks on. Hit the shops with friends and mix together different combinations of styles and get feedback from your friends, they should be honest to give you their true opinion.
It may be a career that involves early starts and long hours, but putting thought into your style can really command respect from others. First impressions are so important, and your thoughts and efforts will pay off. Budget can be tight for most, but there are a range of shops which offer unique clothing which is perfect for the workplace. Take the time to research what is available and what looks good.
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