Picking out what your attire for the day can often be a chore. We've all heard the saying "dress for success" but what does that really mean?
It doesn't mean showing up everyday like you're ready to walk down the red carpet, regardless of what you may think, how you present yourself DOES count!
You should always look ready to go because you never know who you will meet.
Don't know what to wear? When in doubt stick to the basics:
Men: When in doubt, go traditional. You can't go wrong with a button-down shirt, polished black shoes, a blue, black or gray jacket, slacks that complement the jacket and a conservative necktie.
Women: The traditional look for women includes a skirt that hits just above the knee, slacks and perhaps pantsuits, simple jewelry, a little makeup and polished flats or moderate heels.
If you are starting a new job it's always better to be over dressed than under dressed. You don't want your new boss to think you aren't taking your job seriously. Don't let them think you are new to the professional world, even if you are.
|Still not convinced?|
Students at SUU conducted a social experiment to see if the way you dress effects how others percieve you and interact with you. They concluded that when properly groomed and dressed others were more willing to approach and have a conversation. Individuals they tried to talk to were more friendly and open. On the other hand when dressed in frumpy baggy clothing with an unkept appearence were able to talk to 65% less people who were unfriendly and rushed.
Believe it or not, the way you look truely has an effect on how others perceive and interact with you.
What to wear for an interview?
First off, do a some foot work. Investigate what kind of attire is appropriate for the job. You can make a phone call to the Human Resource department and ask! Wear what will make you look good, and fit in with the organization (you don't want to over dress or under dress).
Second, you don't need to spend a fortune on professional attire. You just need two sets of professional attire, depending on your financial situation- just be sure to:
- look clean
- smell clean (conservative amounts of cologen or perfume) No BO please.
- trimmed fingernails (no chipped polish)
- no visible piercings or tattoos
- brushed teeth
- fresh breath
- no objects in your mouth (gum, candy...etc).
- Well groomed hair
Dress for success, and try to look your best.