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– How you dress determines how you’re addressed!

Personal dressing to the office has become an important decider in the kind of profession one belongs. Recently, corporate institutions are showing keen interest in the outward appearances of their staff in representing their corporate brand through what they wear. Institutions such as banks and other services expect their staff to be modestly dressed to symbolize their brands.

A well-made, tailored outfit speaks volumes about quality, your personal style and your attitude.

Nothing looks better than a key piece of clothing which looks fabulous every time you wear it. Your polished image says a lot about your character when you walk into a corporate office. A natural turn-on in the workforce is opting for business formal, business casual or casual attire since it shows a level of class and competence in your field. Most career persons have become more expressive and less confined in their approach to how they interpret a corporate dress code.

“Invest in well-made tailoring which will last you years”

People want to exercise their freedom and expression of their personalities. It is important to understand the corporate world. It’s not all about self-expression and personal brand, but it’s also about the brand of the company. The most important thing is to understand what your company stands for and to dress appropriately for that.

There is always space to push the envelope a bit and reflect a bit of your own personality. Experiment with colours, shapes and trends, but not to the point where it begins to lose its professional edge. As far as colour is concerned, it’s important to understand that colours communicate certain meanings and, depending on the message you want to communicate.

It is important to understand that colour will either enhance or inhibit your message. Invest in well-made tailoring which will last you years rather than through to the next season, you will save a lot more in the long term. The Classic look is probably the most common and easiest way to dress for office. Always wear a statement piece, or just a more fun item to your look (shoes, bag, jewellery, watch, etc.). It is all in the details.

If you have a jewellery fetish that doesn’t go unnoticed, you should bargain with smaller accessories rather than wearing every such item from head to toe. What constitutes a mindful worker is in the details of the hair, nails and makeup.

The typical hairstyle for work is pulling the hair back into a tight bun– for women and a nicely low cut for men. Keep nails filed down to a minimum and/or polished with basic or solid colours which are manicured and/or pedicured. And makeup should always be simple and treated in the right way. It ties into your orderly fashion sense.

Work clothes in general should be pressed and worn with finesse. A simple handbag that matches your business wardrobe is great to carry into the office. Keep a collection of basic handbags, clutches or purses that are suited for the corporate fashion etiquette of your workplace.

Well-made, tailored clothing speaks volumes about quality, your personal style and your attitude. Nothing looks better than a key piece of clothing which looks fabulous every time you wear it.

The great thing about investment pieces is that not every inch of your outfit has to be an investment piece. The whole point is that you can mix and match with other items in your wardrobe to keep it interesting and make the most out of a style that never fades.

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If you’ve ever watched the rehearsal process of a play, then you know just how powerful clothes are. Even in the very early stages of a project, professional actors will come to practice in certain clothing pieces that make them feel more like their character. Perhaps, in an old pair of shoes, a long and heavy skirt, or a bandana that helps them get just the right swagger, grace, or edge.

A few weeks later, when they’re closer to opening, they’ll have an actual dress rehearsal with their real costumes. It’s pretty amazing to see how the right clothes bring the performances up to a whole new level and transform the actor into the character!

As business professionals, we can actually learn a lot from this.

Like it or not, your clothes and presentation communicate volumes about you as a person. The question is not whether you care about fashion, it’s more about what you’re communicating intentionally or unconsciously through your fashion choices. Just as the actor in the right costume moves and speaks differently, so does the everyday person.

Your clothes tell a story about you. If you want to show that your work is clean, sharp, and to the point, you need to dress in clean lines, sharp creases, and (yes) points on your shoes and tie. Even the way you wear your glasses speaks volumes about you and your work!

 

What Do the Details Show?

Research shows that you can tell a lot about someone’s personality, politics, status, age and income just from looking at a photo of their shoes.

Did you ever notice that when President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of working class Americans, he would speak with no jacket and his sleeves rolled up? That silently and instantly communicated to the audience that he too was a hard worker.

You might remember when a 44 page dress code published by Swiss bank UBS went viral. The obsessive stipulations detailed everything from the sensible (“If you wear a watch, it suggests reliability and that punctuality is of great concern to you”) to the downright invasive (employees were instructed on how to shower and apply lotion, how to wear their underwear, and told not to eat garlic during the week).

They may have been control freaks, but UBS got one thing right: every detail about your presentation communicates something.

When you’re dressing or grooming, consider what it says about you and whether it’s in line with the message you want to communicate. There’s no right or wrong. It’s all about context. A tie can make you look reliable and rooted in tradition. This might be important at an investment firm, where clients want to know that you’re serious about stewarding their capital. But it can also come off as stuffy and resistant to change, which may be inappropriate for a tech startup.

 

Your Clothing Impacts Your Thinking

Of course, dressing smart is also important for your confidence and sense of self-empowerment. But your style does more than just send messages, to your mind or to others. New research shows it actually impacts how you think. Professional dress, one study found, increases abstract thinking and gives people a broader perspective. So that tie might actually be switching on your creativity button.

“The formality of clothing might not only influence the way others perceive a person, and how people perceive themselves, but could influence decision making in important ways through its influence on processing style,” the study says.

Professional attire creates social distance. When we are more socially distant, we tend to think in more distant, abstract terms. In socially distant settings we address people by their title, for instance, rather than the more intimate first name.

“Even after controlling for socioeconomic status, students wearing more formal clothing showed stronger inclinations towards abstract processing.”

 

Thin-Slicing

Usually we process visual details instantaneously through a process called thin-slicing. That’s when the brain makes millisecond judgements based on new stimulus. It often happens without us even knowing. We might just get a feeling that we don’t trust someone, or that someone else is steady and reliable. We might not even know why.

That gut feeling, commonly called intuition or a first impression, is really part of the very fast-paced mental process of thin-slicing. It’s how we continually judge books by their covers, all day, every day.

So choose your personal presentation with care. Presentation includes not only your clothes, but your accessories, hairstyle, fragrance, posture, body language, tone of voice, and the level of energy with which you move and speak. Think of the person that you need to be in any particular situation. Then dress, groom, and accessorize in a way that helps you mentally step into that personality.

Are you marching in there to get things done? Put on something red, roll up your sleeves and speak in a commanding voice. Are you making social connections at a gala event? Go for suave, but not workplace formal. Dress to feel attractive. Speak in a smooth tone, and let one shoulder relax.

If you’re loafing around on a long weekend with half a box of pizza, you can probably get away with breaking out the frumpy comfortables.

Taking intentional command of how you dress and present is a good step in empowering yourself, accomplishing your goals, and living a more lucid life at the helm of your decisions. So pay attention! Remember, all the world’s a stage.

 

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