I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.” Right? Which means what you wear at work is important. A first impression, no doubt. A peek into who you are, how you work, and what you stand for. You might doubt me, wondering if pieces of clothing can portray that much about a person. But, according to managing parter of Q Social Media Ltd. LaQuishe Wright, “What you have on is your business card.”
For those of you working in an office, walking the hallways is your networking runway. You never know who you might interact with. And you might only get one shot at it. Wouldn’t you want “to present the best version of [yourself]?” (WSJ). At one time, a suit and pumps might have done the trick. But now, with such a variety of trends, the wardrobe options for work attire is endless. According to Rebekah Paltrow Neumann, founding partner/chief brand officer, the question to ask yourself then is, “What [am I] trying to say in life, business and fashion?”
Think of it as branding yourself. If you’re a professional leader, sleek, classic pieces might work best for you. A quirky start-up employee? Comfortable yet trendy items can set the tone of your brand. Or a CEO at a PR company may feel most confident in tailored pieces with a sophisticated flair. Whatever your role, whatever your brand, one important thing to remember is: keep it consistent. “Otherwise,” says Neumann, “it’s very hard for people to latch on to it.”
So what’s your clothing business card look like? If you haven’t thought about your style, consider where you work; what you want to accomplish; and what you want your first impression to be. Keep things authentic to who you are. Consistent so your brand comes across clearly. And fun. Because getting dressed should always be enjoyable.
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