With the New Year in full swing, you may have your eyes set on a new career. Here's how to dress for success to leave a lasting, professional impression on your future employer!
I always start with a clean, well-fitting, top and bottom. I call it the 1st and 2nd pieces. (Dresses are a top and bottom combined so they work perfectly, too).
Your third piece gets you noticed! A third piece can be a blazer, jacket, vest, scarf, hat or jewelry. It’s the item that creates texture and visual interest to your outfit. It separates you from the rest!!
1. You do not need to wear a suit to convey professional or serious.
2. Best not to wear holes or rips. Though it is trendy and fun, it doesn’t speak “success.
3. Flowy dresses can look more pulled together with a tailored blazer or jacket.
4. Shoes should be new or unscuffed. Yes, take your shoes to be professionally shined, resoled and/or spruced up. It’s the first thing I look at when I’m serious about offering a person the job.
5. Tread lightly with sneakers. They are definitely worn with suits and dresses these days but they MUST be clean and new. No exceptions.
6. If you are wearing a dress, make sure the neckline is not revealing. And, if the length is shorter than 2 inches above the knee, wear an opaque tight underneath.
7. If you’re wearing a blazer or jacket, be sure it fits your shoulders, arm length, and torso. Too big and too small says you’re not detail-oriented. Not a great first impression.
8. It’s easiest to keep your color palette neutral and use pops of color with an accessory.
9. Be yourself. If you are not a suit person don’t wear a suit. If you are not a dress girl, skip it. If you prefer separates, great. It all works. When you feel like yourself, you thrive!
Just like clothing, when you layer it, you immediately add more visual interest. I often talk about the third piece: most people just wear a first piece, a top, and a second piece, a bottom. The third piece adds dimension, personality and lots of optical excitement. Add a third piece to your neck, ears or hands, too!