How to Dress for Success!

With unemployment figures at an all time low, standing out in the work place has never been so important and one way to help you do just that is through your image.  First impressions really do count and lasting impressions can be carefully crafted so check out my advice to help you dress for success…

Accentuate your assets in the right way

Don’t be afraid to accentuate your assets but also be mindful of achieving balance.  If you like your legs- up the femininity factor and wear a skirt but ensure the hemline is not too high.  Mini skirts don’t work for the office but tulip skirts and pencil skirts exude confidence.  This Holly Willoughby panelled pencil skirt, £24.00 will show you mean business, accentuating your curves whilst the darker side panels will make you look slimmer. Similarly, this seasons tailored trousers will flatter most shapes, show off long legs and look sophisticated. 

Tailor your look to the occasion

Just as you manage your wardrobe for your personal life (LBD for cocktails, jeans and a tee at the weekend), tailor your wardrobe for work too.  If you have an important board meeting, a power suit may make the impact desired whereas relaxed lunch meetings or quiet days in the office will allow for a more laid back look. A structured dress such as this South Ponteroma, £39.00 is an ideal buy since it offers you versatility.  The shape gives the perfect silhouette, it looks smart for the office but sexy enough for drinks after work too.

 Be individual

It is important to adhere to the dress code of your work place but there is everything right in being individual and adding a touch of difference to your outfit.  It could be a simple accessory such as a quirky necklace or brightly coloured shoes, or if your work place allows – a hat, trilby’s look great on most face shapes.  I love this baker boy-style Herringbone Hat, £12.00 or you could opt for a suit in a shade other than black.  Anything that helps you to stand out in a crowd, so long as it is stylish and respectful, is a sure fire way to get noticed in a crowded market!

 Script your dream role

Write down on paper the role that you want – go into detail – what would you be doing?  Where would you be working?  What is your position?  What would you be wearing?  What would you say and how would you act?  This provides you with an uncompromising route to success and keeps you focused.  The next step is to act that way, look that way and eventually – you will BE that way.  I always say – act the part, look the part and you will get the part.

29th October 2010
Written by Very_Lauren

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