"To achieve career advancement, avoid an unprofessional image that may enslave your career to others' misperceptions," says Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc., and author of "Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results." "Instead, choose clothing that accurately reflects your credibility and ensures you 'sell for what you're worth.' Make sure your 'exterior' earns you a 'silent recommendation,'" she concludes.
Here are seven tips to ensure your clothing has a positive impact on your success:
1. Don't show too much skin. That means no short skirts, strapless tops, or shoes that barely cover your feet.
2. Never wear dirty clothes. This seems obvious — but plenty of people think they can get away with wearing that dirty shirt just one more time before bringing it to the dry cleaners. News flash: You can't.
3. Don't wear wrinkled clothing. Heard of an iron? Use it. You'll look neat and way more put together.
4. Wear clothes that fit you well. "Tailoring is a simple way to make clothes way more flattering," writes BI's retail editor Ashley Lutz. She says it'll give you a polished look, and those around you will perceive you differently. So, stay away from clothing that is too tight or too baggy.
6. Wear appropriate shoes and accessories. Don't wear jewelry that is too flashy or obnoxious — and always wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for work. Also, if you wear makeup, don't overdo it!
7. Don't wear shorts. In some workplaces it's perfectly acceptable for women and men to wear shorts. But, if you really want to portray yourself as a professional, steer clear.
What other tips do you have for dressing for success? Let me know.
Stay stylish friends...