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Dress for Success

Often, businesspeople meet to discuss their industries, sales opportunities, partnerships, etc. Do you think your appearance affects the other person’s opinion of you? It definitely does. This means it is imperative to make a great first and lasting impression.

How do you do that? Consider the following suggestions:

Dress professionally
Business may have become more relaxed as exhibited through instances such as ‘dress down Fridays,’ but formal dress is always acceptable. Dressing conservatively shows respect for yourself and for the other persons.

There may be subtle exceptions, but in general, others will perceive you positively if you are dressed well.

Dress in the same manner
If you have consecutive meetings, it will not do you well to be inconsistent with your style. If you wear a suit one day, then wear another suit for the next meeting. Dressing differently will bring attention to your inconsistency and may be a major point of concern for others.

Be attentive to color
Colors can serve as a detriment or benefit to your appearance. Wear colors that work well with your skin tone, hair color, and eye color. Colors influence behavior and mental processes in the wearer and the onlooker.

Make sure your clothes fit
Invest in a good tailor to supplement your business attire purchase. Wearing something that is too large or too small exhibits poor showmanship to the observer. How you look will speak for how you do business.

Be well groomed
Pay attention to the details. Make sure you are attentive to your nails, hair, odor, teeth, etc. Your attention or neglect of the little things can make a big difference to clients.

Dress for success
Your dress is a part of your attitude. If you dress like you are successful, it will make it easier for you to act like you are successful, in turn making it easier to become successful.

Dress for where you want to be, not for where you are. If you want to be an executive, then dress like one.

Quality counts
It may be more expensive, but take the time to purchase quality clothing. Attempting to look the part cannot be accomplished by trying to sidestep the investment. Focus on accumulating a wardrobe based on quality rather than quantity.


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