Getting it right can really boost your confidence in the corporate environment! In today’s world, image matters and we all make quick assessments based on how people look – rightly or wrongly. To stand out in a competitive market you need to differentiate yourself from your colleagues using your communication skills and your personal image.
What are the secrets to being a well-dressed woman? There are five key elements that define this – clothes need to complement your colouring, flatter your Bodyshape, be appropriate (for your age and the cultural environment!), match your style personality AND look current.
Beginning with that first interview, you need to research if the company is traditional in its attitude or more cutting-edge. Reflect those values in what you choose to wear. A good tip is to stand outside the organization during lunch break and check out what the employees are wearing! Always err on the side of caution – it is better to be more formally dressed than too casual.
Once you have that job, and you want to climb the career ladder, you need to build on the brand that got you there in the first place. Always look groomed as this gives the impression of efficiency and being organized. Don’t fall into a comfort zone and resort to wearing a ‘uniform’!
Many women find returning to work after maternity leave very challenging…not just because of confidence issues in their skills but also because they may have gained weight, changed shape or simply lost interest in clothes. This is a good time to re-assess your style personality, your best colours and your body shape – you can book a session with an Image Consultant, or try a Personal Shopper at one of the big department stores. Consider a capsule wardrobe, with a low maintenance hairstyle and a quick make up routine that fits with your new lifestyle.
Creating a capsule wardrobe is a must-do for any working woman…invest in basic pieces in neutral colours then add in your own style personality with accessories. You do not want to spend time each morning staring at the closet thinking ‘what can I wear today?’! One great tip is to decide on your outfit the night before and have it ready, along with your bag and shoes.
Don’t forget that your image will affect your performance – if you look good and feel good and in control then you will attract recognition from others.
Given that it has been demonstrated that you only have a mere 30 seconds to make a lasting impression……..surely you should make it count?
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