Style MattersBy Belinda Claxton (January 16, 2020)
A first impression is formed in less than 5 seconds. First impressions set the stage for future possibilities. Control your image – it is yours to define. What image do you project? Life is not a dress rehearsal, so be appropriate and on point the first time around. A professional career is full of first impressions, and nonverbal communication makes a powerful and lasting impact. As the saying goes, dress for the job you want, not just the job you have.
Matching a wardrobe to your career is important. Don’t let your clothes undermine your achievements. If you have indeed climbed the ladder of success, dress like it!
If you want to or need to, hire someone to help shape your image as professionals can be helpful in developing your style process e.g. identifying the right haircut and finding a style that is both manageable and fashionable are empowering. Makeup experts can show you how to camouflage blemishes and accentuate your skin with the right colours and products, shaving off years. As you begin to invest in developing your own style, find the experts who can help.
Clothing is a powerful form of communication that everyone has access to. Use it to communicate confidence, a healthy self-regard, and professionalism.
Style matters as much as substance. Are you dressing passively? When you walk into work every day be aware that your outfit didn’t happen by mistake. You choose what to wear each day. You are ultimately responsible for how you look at work. Own your image the same way you own your work product.