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How to Fashion Your Look

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Looks are very essential in our everyday life and working environment and that’s why a lot of times people spend much on looking good.

But the question begs asking: is it that necessary? Extremely necessary, because your look determines what people think of you the very first time you come in contact. Like it or not, we live in a society where people judge you the second you walk into a place.

So, what you wear on your feet, the type of pants you wear, the type of shirt you wear, the type of watch you have, etc. will definitely attract somebody’s attention on you.

They’re going to evaluate you based on those wears. Their first opinion is going to be based on the image that you project at that moment. They’re going to judge you before you even open your mouth; before you’re even allowed to talk to wow them with your magical and amazing personality.

So, know that whether you like it or not, someone’s going to evaluate you based on your looks. They’re going to evaluate who you are based on the kind of things you wear. You have one chance to make a first impression, so why not make a great one?

You need to approach your image and your look like you are a world-class brand; that’s really what you should do. You are a brand that is coming up– YOUR looks! So, know that the same way you come up with your look is the same way people come up with their brands. Successful brands are careful of how they portray themselves and so is look.

What looks stunning on you may not look great on somebody else. What looks great on somebody else may not look pretty on you. It’s all different, but here’s what I suggest. I suggest you look in your closet and really evaluate what you have in there.

When was the last time you bought a new apparel?

When was the last time you bought a new jacket?

When was the last time you bought anything new?

If the stuffs in there are vintage, then you already know what I’m talking about. You’ve already accumulated a vintage look. This is good. This tells you have stuffs that are good and timeless and absolutely unique for you but need new collections for your closet.

But most people… well, kind of buy things because somebody made them buy such. Their girlfriend made them buy them but they’re no longer with her. Their mom took them shopping one time, and they’re still wearing the same clothes from four, five, six, or seven years ago.

They look as dated as a 90’s Mercedes. And if you’ve ever seen 90’s Mercedes, you’ll really understand what I mean, really dated.

So what do you do after that? If you look at your closet and realize you’re as old as a non-­classic Mercedes Benz, it’s really simple after that. You go shopping. You go to the boutique to liven up with new selections.

How to shop for new selections?

lady browsing through a clothes rail of dresses

You go for a window shopping at first and you must not spend. You go and try different selections on to get different opinions from different sales people. You allow them to pick out the outfits for you and then you try them on.

You try them on and you ask yourself how you feel in each one. Do you feel powerful? Do you feel confident? Because that’s the number one thing you want to feel on a daily basis: powerful and confident. When you feel powerful and confident on a daily basis, you’re going to be able to manifest wonderful, great things in life.

Try it on and take pictures of yourself.

Go home. For the first time, don’t buy a thing, but you take a look and decide which one really resembles the best version of you. You then look at the pictures again and again, then in your subconscious mind you ask yourself non­-judgmentally, “If I saw someone walking down the street in that apparel, what would I think about that person? How would I feel if I saw this person walk into the office in that outfit?”

Do they look cool? Do they look powerful? Do they look presentable? Do they look confident? Do the clothes fit their body size? Is their body exposing? Can I see them?

All these thoughts should carefully be evaluated before a decision to make new buying is made. Everybody can pick up a look, regardless of the budget available. Anybody can craft an amazing look, but you don’t do it by buying and shopping once in every seven years. You do it by going and trying lots of stuff on and seeing what you feel is the best. After you’ve evaluated the pictures, take a look at them, then you go and build your new wardrobe.

For me, I like vintage stuff as well but it must make sense. I try a lot of things but I’ve got a certain look that fits me well that when I go out in it, I feel super confident in what I’m wearing for that day, because that’s me. That’s my look, my image, my brand.

But, if you don’t feel super confident in what you’re wearing every single day, then you have to re-cultivate the look that you have. It’s as simple as that.

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Wearing the right outfit for the office in 2019

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Suit or shirt? Skirt or slacks? Tights or bare legs? Sandals or pumps? These are the questions you might find yourself asking each morning as you select work attire in 2019. And, depending on the dress code your company enforces, you could be spot on – or woefully off-base in your fashion choices.

According to a survey by Salary.com, only 55% of workplaces have a dress code. If your new employee orientation didn’t cover it, contact HR to ask about the official policy. Even if your orientation manual tells you to dress “business casual,” though, what exactly does that mean? What is acceptable – and what isn’t?

Official Dress Codes for 2019

There are typically four types of corporate dress codes: business formal, business professional, business casual, and casual. Here are some general tips for both men and women for each category. Stick close to the basics and ensure that you’re always dressed appropriately in this 2019.

BUSINESS FORMAL

If you work in a law firm, regularly meet with executives, or otherwise hold a high-level position, you might be asked to come dressed “business formal” or in “boardroom attire.” This is the highest level of professional dress.

For Men:

  • A tailored one-, two-, or three-button suit in a solid, neutral color like black, gray, or navy.
  • Ties and other accessories should be both modest in color and style – solid, brighter colors (a red tie, for example), or patterned muted neutrals (a navy plaid tie) – as well as high-end in quality. No novelty ties, such as sports team patterns.
  • White, collared button-up shirts.
  • Shoes should be closed-toe oxfords in brown or black, not loafers.
  • Hair should be well-groomed. In general, short hair is most acceptable.
  • Nails should be clipped short, clean, and buffed. Don’t be shy about getting regular professional manicures.

 

For Women:

  • A well-cut pantsuit or skirt suit in a conservative neutral color, such as black, navy, or brown.
  • White button-ups with a collar.
  • Closed-toe heels in a neutral color such as taupe, black, grey, or brown.
  • Tights, preferably in a dark color.
  • Conservative accessories – for instance, diamond studs rather than chandelier earrings.
  • Well-groomed hair worn in a conservative cut, such as a bob or soft layers.
  • Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees.
  • Well-groomed, neutral nails that are either clear coated, or painted with a beige-toned polish.

 

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL

A step down from business formal, business professional clothing is still neat, conservative, and traditional, if a little more loose when it comes to color or pattern. Business professional is also sometimes called “traditional business.” Expect to present a professional appearance every day, injecting personality into your outfits with your accessories and color choices.

For Men:

  • A one- or two-button suit. Suit colors should still be conservative, but you have more leeway with pattern – a conservative stripe or check, for instance.
  • Pressed, lighter-colored dress pants worn with a sports jacket.
  • Conservative ties, but feel free to introduce colors and patterns. For example, you can feel free to wear a blue-striped, professional tie, but no novelty ties.
  • High-end accessories, such as watches (preferably silver, gold, or white gold) and cuff links, if necessary.
  • Shirts should be collared button-ups, but can be colored, as long as the color is fairly conservative. Blue, burgundy, or gray all work well.
  • Shoes should be conservatively colored oxfords or polished loafers in black or brown.
  • Hair and nails should be groomed, but check with HR on acceptable hairstyles.

 

For Women:

  • A suit or skirt, top, and jacket in a conservative neutral color, such as black, brown, or navy.
  • Collared button-up shirts that may be any solid color.
  • Dark or nude-colored hosiery.
  • Closed-toe pumps in a neutral color such as black or brown.
  • Larger, more noticeable jewelry – as long as it’s not distracting. Think along the lines of one statement necklace or a chunky watch. High quality is preferred.
  • Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees.
  • Well-groomed, neutral nails. May be clear coat or beige.
  • Hair should be neat and groomed, but check with HR on acceptable cuts and colors.

 

BUSINESS CASUAL

Business casual is one of the more common dress codes for a certain group, the media and advertising firms, allowing employees to add personality to their workwear without looking unprofessional. In a business casual setting, you can expect a lot more in the way of color and accessories.

Still, the term “business casual” can mean different things to different organizations, so it’s always best to check for guidelines with HR instead of making assumptions. Note that sometimes business casual can also be called “executive casual.”

For Men:

  • Can wear colored, collared button-ups in any color. Conservative patterns such as checks or stripes are acceptable too, worn with or without a tie.
  • Ties should still be conservative in pattern. Avoid novelty ties, and choose patterns like dots, stripes, or checks. Most colors are acceptable.
  • Pullovers and sweaters worn over collared shirt. Choose solid, striped, or another conservatively patterned sweater. Primary and jewel-toned colors are best.
  • Dressy slacks, such as black dress pants or pressed khakis in the summer, worn with or without a sports jacket.
  • More casual accessories, such as a leather-band watch.
  • Shoes can be oxfords, loafers, or another comfortable yet dressy choice, in brown or black. Avoid sneakers.
  • May offer more leeway for hairstyles, allowing for longer hair (check with HR).
  • Nails should be clean and short.

 

For Women:

  • Business separates, rather than a full suit – a skirt worn with a cardigan or jacket, for example.
  • Colored shirts and blouses, rather than mandatory collared button-downs. Choose solid colors, or muted patterns like stripes or checks, and avoid low-cut shirts or bright patterns.
  • Slacks and khakis.
  • Larger jewelry, such as a statement necklace or large cuff-style watch. Doesn’t necessarily need to be the highest quality – gemstones and other casual materials are fine. Scarves may also be appropriate.
  • Shoes may be comfortable flats and loafers, as well as pumps, but should remain closed-toe. Can be any color, although black, brown, red, navy, and gray are among the most appropriate.
  • Nails should be well-groomed, but there can be a few restrictions on colors.
  • Hair can be more casual, with less conservative colors and even more noticeable (chunky or high-contrast) highlights generally acceptable. It should still be neatly styled, such as blow-dried, or in a ponytail or bun.

 

CASUAL

If you’re fortunate enough to work in a casual office, the trick is to avoid getting too casual or creative with your dress. According to the survey by Salary.com, your coworkers make specific judgements regarding your capability based on your clothes, which may extend to employers as well. By arriving to work in casual clothes that are still neat, pressed, and appropriate for the type of work you do, you can make sure that a casual dress code isn’t holding you back.

For Men:

  • Casual pants and slacks, but never jeans unless stipulated as acceptable by HR. If jeans are permitted, dark-wash, straight-cut only.
  • Collared polos or crew-neck sweaters and pullovers. The majority of colors and patterns are okay as long as they’re not a novelty pattern, such as a sports team logo.
  • Casual accessories, such as brightly colored watches.
  • Shoes that are clean. Sneakers are usually acceptable, as are loafers.
  • Hair and nails can be more casual. Nails should remain short and clean, and casual offices generally allow for longer hairstyles and ponytails.

 

For Women:

  • Nicely fitted tops and blouses, although shirts should never be tight or revealing.
  • Slacks or skirts in more casual fabrics, such as cotton. If denim is permitted, dark-wash only. Avoid overly casual denim cuts, like cutoffs or flare jeans.
  • Skirts should remain at knee-length.
  • Open-toed shoes are permitted. Avoid casual shoes such as sneakers or flip-flops.
  • Casual accessories, such as scarves. Larger rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are fine, and may be of any quality.
  • More leeway with hair length, style, and color. More adventurous styles and colors are typically fine.
  • Nails can be painted in brighter colors, or with any type of pattern. Avoid novelty characters or designs, or limit “louder” designs to one nail only.

 

In office dress codes, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and dress a little more formally than necessary until you have a better grasp of what is and isn’t acceptable at work. If your business clothing mantra is “clean, tailored, and professional,” it’s pretty hard to go wrong, regardless of the environment in which you work.

What type of dress code does your office use?

 

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