It’s what’s on the inside that matters…not in this case.
It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. 7 seconds for someone to look at you and make a decision that is based completely on appearance. And, that first impression is hard to change. There is a lot that goes into first impressions, but I am going to focus on attire.
You might be a good person and a hard worker but your appearance matters.
Whether you like it or not, you need to dress the part or better.
What do you think of when you see someone with stains on their wrinkly clothes? What message does that send? Now think about someone who is always looks put together. What message does that send?
You do not need to buy designer clothes to look professional. You do need to dress appropriately though. Your clothes need to be clean. There should not be any holes or stains. Your shoes should be shined. Items should not be low-cut or skin-tight.
Dress the part.
: to dress the way that people in a particular role usually dress
If you want people at work to believe that you’re a professional, you have to dress the part.
That is straight from Merriam-Webster.
Take note, you have to dress the part. Even Wiki How has a step by step on dressing professionally.
If you want to be taken seriously, you have to present yourself in that manner. Have you ever heard of the saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” or “you feel as good as you look”? There is truth to those quotes.
Dress for success.
In an article by Scientific American, they speak about how “what you wear can influence your thinking and negotiating skills, and even hormone levels and heart rate.”
That the way we dress can actually affect our mental and physical performance!
Another article by Business Insider touches on what I have already discussed, “wearing nice clothes in the office can affect the way people perceive you, how confident you’re feeling, and even how you’re able to think abstractly.”
If you want to do well, there is a list of things that can help you, but one thing is for sure, the way you dress matters.
Your office, whatever that may be, has standards. Some work environments are casual, others ask that their employees to wear suits. Know what is and is not acceptable and be aware of the culture. If jeans are allowed, make sure they are clean and don’t have holes in them. Every dress code has standards. Know what those are and represent yourself appropriately.
It makes a difference.
Don’t think no one cares about your unwashed hair or wrinkled shirt. You might not receive immediate feedback, or any feedback at all, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t making judgements. You do not want to send the wrong message. The way you present yourself, your personal brand, that is what others view and make subconscious decisions on.
If you truly want to excel in your profession, and personal life, skillfully package yourself.
If you have to ask, “is this appropriate,” chances are, the answer is no.
Don’t miss out on opportunities because of a poor choice in attire. You have control over this area. Stand out, in a good way. It really makes a difference.