I attended a workshop on body language and networking a couple of weeks ago and, even though we talked about a lot of things, the issue of clothes was never brought up. Maybe because it was common sense-- if you're attending an event to (hopefully) meet a potential employer or a valuable contact, you wouldn't normally come in wearing flip flops, ripped jeans, and an oversized shirt.
Why? Because, as the article from Forbes points out, even the clothes you wear sends a message.
In this era, we really do get judged by what we wear (and yes, that does sound terrible but it's the truth). Since we're promoting ourselves (through, for example, social media) as up-and-coming young professionals anyway, why not take the time and dress the part as well?
Some points I found interesting in the article:
- Dress for the job that you want, not the job that you currently have.
- Clothes make a strong visual statement about how you see yourself.
- Your look may change depending on the business circumstances. For example, what you normally wear at work may not be what you would wear when meeting a conservative client.
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