In a previous post, I mentioned a talk that I gave a few years ago to a group of interns in my office. I also gave a similar talk to a group of undergraduate design students. The message is intended for those who are trying to dress appropriately for a corporate setting, but some of the points can be used in any environment. The information is pretty timeless and I just thought I'd share...
Clothing, image, and style help solidify your brand and convey a message. So what is the message you’re trying to send? Regardless of whether your company’s dress code is conservative, business casual or non-existent, it will benefit you to create a look that conveys professionalism and competency.
If you don’t know where to begin, “The 4 D’s of Dressing for Success” will provide you with the basics for polishing and perfecting your office look:
Dressing for Success: Image and Attire in the Workplace
With the current state of the job market, the ability to best present yourself in the workplace is more critical than ever. You must use a variety of tactics to ensure you differentiate yourself from the competition in a positive way, to either land the job you’re seeking, or raise visibility in your current role.
As much as we'd like to think otherwise, it's human nature to make instant judgments about people based on their appearance. You can be capable, intelligent, and knowledgeable, but if your attire and image portray something else, you may potentially miss out on valuable opportunities.
- Determining what is appropriate for your workplace
- Designing a flexible and functional wardrobe
- Do’s of workplace attire
- Don’ts of workplace attire