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Wednesday
Apr272011

Personal Image & the Dress Code: Why it Matters

In a world of billionaires in blue jeans, is it still important to dress for success?

It might all seem a bit out of date. After all, we've all seen images of corporate CEOs is "business casual" or even blue jeans. and if it's good enough for them, why not you.

Here's a rule of thumb: when your net worth exceeds the combined value of two hundred or so of the wealthiest people you know personally, you probably can relax about what you wear.

In other words, ordinary mortals need to dress right.

But what's it really: to dress for success?

Well, it depends--but it doesn't depend entirely--on the culture and standards of your workplace, or, if you're changing jobs, that of the business or organization you hope will hire you.

Even so, there's more to it than meets the eye, and for every genuine mover and shaker who looks like they fix trucks for a living, there are a dozen examples of well-dressed losers.

It's about You not the Clothes

When you dress for success, you make a powerful statement about who you are and where you're going. Putting together this aspect your professional image is important. Think about it carefully and decide what you need to start doing, stop doing or do differently you put your best foot forward.

There's a famous story about Carol Burnett, the famous comedienne, who could never get into character until she found the right shoes. The way you dress affects the way you feel and the way you conduct yourself. For that reason, it also has a big impact on the way that other's treat you. It's human nature that we tend more to respect those who obviously respect themselves.



Thursday
Apr212011

Dress Code: It's about Respect and your Future

Dressing Right is a Show of Respect

When you go to the effort and expense of putting together a professional wardrobe and pay attention to your personal appearance, it shows that you take your work and your colleagues seriously. This invites a positive reflection on you. People who are treated with respect generally return that respect, and, as we all know, those in the workplace who command the most respect very often end up in leadership.

Not a bad return for your small investment of time and money.

Dress for Where You're Going, Not Where You Are

So much of dressing for success has to do with "state of mind." It's about how you think and feel about yourself and (let's be honest) manipulating how others do the same. Help them see you as someone who's clearly on the move, ready for new and broader responsibilities.

Clearly, you can't do this with dress alone, but stellar on-the-job performance combined with a winning professional style positively invites opportunity and success.



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