7.5 Fashion and Style Rules for Career Success (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

If you want colleagues, bosses, customers, and employers to respect you and take you seriously, you MUST take pride in your physical appearance.  Any chance of a job offer, sale, or promotion can be eliminated (no matter how talented you are) if you don’t look the part.

Here are 7.5 rules to make sure you dress for success in any professional setting, whether that be a day at the office, a career fair, a networking event, or a job interview:

  1. Dress for the environment.  Do some homework on what others will be wearing at your event/office, and plan accordingly.   In general, you want to err on the side of being conservative and overdressed.  However, you can lose points for over-dressing also.  For example, you would look ridiculous wearing a 3-piece suit with a tie and pocket square to an interview for a job as a video game designer or for a company picnic at a local park. 
  2. Match.  No matter where you are, make sure your entire outfit matches from head to toe (i.e. belt with shoes, tie with shirt, shirt with pants, and so on).
  3. Fit matters more than brand.  You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on the most expensive clothing lines, but you do need to make sure your clothes fit correctly for your body.  You already know you should not wear anything that is too tight or that shows too much skin, but you should also not wear clothes that are too loose.  Clothes that are very baggy make you look sloppy and like a little kid. 
  4. Shoes or lose.  Always wear a nice pair of shoes, and make sure they are not worn-out and that they are clean (and nicely polished, if they are leather).
  5. Keep it crisp and fresh.  Make sure your clothes are ironed, free of any holes or stains, and not worn out or outdated.
  6. Smell swell.  This sounds obvious, but it is worth repeating.  Wear deodorant and shower and brush your teeth as close to your work-day or appointment as possible.  If you are headed to a day of work in the office, shower that morning (not the night before).  If you have an evening networking event, shower and brush your teeth right beforehand.   (Yes, that means you might have to go home after work before you go to your evening event.)  Avoid heavy cologne or perfumes; it’s not a good thing if people can smell you from down the hall.
  7. Accessorize appropriately.  A sharp tie, a nice watch, or a classy piece of jewelry can be a great finishing touch to an outfit, but don’t go overboard.  Again, it’s better to err on the conservative side in a professional setting.

7.5 Phone-a-friend.  Still confused?  Get advice from a fashionable friend(s).

Take your appearance seriously, and you will feel better about yourself, and your bank account will thank you!

-Pete Leibman

-Career Expert, Speaker, and Coach

-Creator of The Dream Job College Tour

Pete@IdealizeNow.com

www.IdealizeNow.com

www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman

Blog: http://CareerMuscles.Wordpress.com

Twitter: @peteleibman

P.S. I speak about career success to students and young professionals nationwide.  To learn more about my programs and speaking availability for The 2011 Dream Job College Tour, please send an email to Pete@IdealizeNow.com.

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