Have you ever thought about moving up the ladder in your career? Well I found just the way to do it, and it doesn’t involve sucking up to your boss; it involves your clothes! I’m sure you have heard since your first interview that you need to “dress to impress” and it’s most certainly true. If you feel successful your boss will believe you can be too.
Reading the article Dress for success: 5 ways you clothes can make you seem more confident at work by Lizette Borreli I found a few simple tips to help you look and feel more confident and successful at work.
All you women:
We have it a little harder when it comes to gaining an authoritative position over men and this is where our clothing helps us out! According to Borreli wearing either a black dress (but not your little black dress) or a suit jacket look professional, giving a confident vibe.
Even though we have a much larger variety of clothing choices for work than men we still have to be careful when choosing our work attire. According to a study done by Howlett women are judged based on what they wear to work and women that dress more conservative tend to get more respect.
Who said that pumps were only for clubbing? Wearing pumps to work make women taller and therefore put them on an equal level to their male colleagues. (Refer to my previous post: Can your style reveal more about you than you yourself?)
All you men:
Try “dressing up” for work next time and see how people react towards you.
Men should wear a suit and tie, and if it’s tailored that’s even better! A suit and tie especially if it’s fitted looks sharp and gives not only you the confidence you need but your coworkers notice it as well.
This video talks about how to dress for success in the work place, and a few Do’s and Don’ts that should be noted.
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This goes for both men and women:
The article by Lizette Borreli also talks about how people may perceive you according to the color of clothing you wear at work.
Lighter colors are more calm and people are more likely to perceive you as friendly, caring, and calm.
Darker colors are worn when you need to be perceived as authoritative and in command.
The color blue has been the color of the work place for a long time. This color symbolizes power, seriousness, and is calming not only to you but your colleagues as well.
For a more in depth explanation about how colors affect a person’s mood/attitude refer to my previous post Are the colors in your closet making or breaking your mood?