What to wear for work should be the quickest decision in your working day.
“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” President Obama *
The American president could be an ambassador for corporate image consultants everywhere. He omitted to say that he knows how important it is for him to look appropriately dressed and that he knows which colours and which cut of suit works for him, but he makes the point clear. He is far too busy to waste time every morning deciding what to wear. So he wears what he knows works for him. Job done.
You may not be president, but how you look sends a very specific message to everyone you meet in every situation. In the work place, if you look like you care about your appearance, people will trust that you put the same care into your work. So, you need to put effort into how you dress, but it shouldn’t take up your valuable time.
The impact of a first impression is even bigger in the business world than anywhere else (except, perhaps, a first date). You have to get the balance just right. In business you need to look groomed, smart and appropriate. However, it’s not just about wearing a work dress/suit/jacket/tie; you also want to add a little of your own personality to your work style. How far can you really go? How much colour is acceptable to wear at work? How many pieces should you invest in?
What you wear will depend on a number of variables from your personal features (body shape, colouring and personal style) to your job how much client-facing work you do.
When you create an efficient, stylish work wardrobe you can effortlessly look the part, every day.
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“Obama’s Way” by Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair, October 2012
Image from “Suits”, Universal Cable