Tricks of the Trade: Style

View of a young man putting on his shoes in his walk-in wardrobeHave you ever walked into an office or a meeting and instantly judged someone based how they were dressed? I have. I do it all the time.  I feel the way people are dressed can instantly give a negative or positive vibe to a potential client or journalist you are meeting with.  I’m all about personal style, but there are definitely some rules that one should keep in mind when getting ready in the morning.

Read a Magazine – an Elle, GQ, Details, Lucky – Whatever floats your boat – and take note. Shoulder pads and suit dresses are way out of style and if you aren’t dressing in modern times, then you might as well not even present a new business presentation to a start-up.  On the other hand, if you do then you’ll give off the vibe that you know what’s going on today, tomorrow, and in the future.  It shows that you can evolve to what trends are popular – plus it shows that you keep up on the news.  It is impossible to not be affected by fashion even if you read a different magazine.

Express Yourself…Smartly – In the office clothing represents you.  Again, it’s that whole first impression thing. It’s your style and you may want to wear a fuzzy vest with blue leggings to work one day, but unless you work in a high couture fashion agency it’s probably not the most appropriate, let alone attractive. If you’re an intern, I get it – you’re a hipster and you want to be a hipster the rest of your life, though here’s the thing – if I think you look bad in the office, you look bad. High top sneakers, ripped t-shirts, and jeans aren’t really appropriate…Do you want a job after your internship is done?

Dress to Impress – If you look in the mirror in the morning and you say, “Damn, I look great!” (Like I did today) Then you are 100% going to feel better during the day at work.  Remember our other trick, confidence? Well looking good boosts confidence.  Head to the bathroom and give yourself a once-over mid-day, and if you still look good, most likely you are going to have a damn good day.
We’ve all seen fashion horror stories at work.  Heck I should start a blog just about unattractive and inappropriate outfits I encounter. Share your stories!

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  • Katrina Lennon

    It's interesting the point you bring up about not dressing out of date. Before reading this, seeing people dress out of date I simply thought “Wow that style is no longer popular”. You put another idea in my head however. Since they don't dress with the times who is to say they actually are with the times in other aspects? I want to do business with people that know what's going on in the present.

  • Georgia08

    I'd rather have an intern who wasn't completely fashionable but had a good work ethic, rather than someone who dresses distastefully but gets nothing accomplished. However I do agree that everybody should dress professionally.