5 Reasons To Dress Well Up For Work

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Do you have problems deciding what to wear before you head to work?

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Getting out from the shell

I am no fashionista whether in office, parties or grocery shopping. I was a homemaker for the past 10 years of my life until my kids were grown up, self-independent that I decided to hunt for a 9 to 5 office job to supplement my side income.

I got in touch with my sister-in-law who had been working in office and meeting customers out of the office for the past 30 years of her life.

She had been working her way up from a general clerk to a sales manager and she said that it is essential to dress to kill for office wear and meetings.



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Time to buy new outfits?

This applies to both employees and sole proprietors of own business. It is about time to revamp your appearance, cast away your old fashion clothes that brings out your nerdy outlook.

Although you may have to swipe your credit card for pricey office wear, you will gain more benefits in your job in long term run.

However, do not spend lavishly on expensive clothes especially branded wears and latest arrival ones. Hit the road to shopping centres, boutiques when there is a grand sale, discounts or big offers on special occasions.

This is the best time to buy office wears at reduced price. Save money and save time.



Why do you need to dress well for success?

  1. Meetings:


When you are attending a business meeting or company close meeting, it is essential to dress well to impress your seniors and boss to agree to your proposal.

Asking for a raise, job promotion, job hunting and project proposal, you need to give your seniors and boss the sufficient reasons , evidence to proof your capabilities and your dress code as the complimentary subject.

Dressing well also signifies that you are serious on your words and a responsible employee to the company you had work for.



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2. Show who is the boss:


If you own a business, whether a small corporate or a retail shop, your dress code shows your employees and customers who is the REAL boss in the premises.

For companies, you may need to attend various meetings on the first day of the week or emergency meetings when urgent matters crops up.

Your dressing gives your employees full of confidence to resolve matters quickly under your leadership.

In addition, the air of authority tells them not to take office matters seriously when you are around.




3. Positive image:

Before meeting prospective customers in or outside your office, it is essential o dress well as you represent your company ( as employee or boss ), embed a positive image and good impression during first time meeting.

Your customer will feel confident and accept your proposal as they know they could put their trust in you without any worries



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4. Professional Image:

You know, sometimes dressing well could trick your customers to think that you are a professional sales representative with good knowledge of the product you are retailing to your prospective customer.

You don’t have to know everything from top to bottom of your company’s products.

Push those common and hot items would be easier for you to close the deal. Not all customers know what they had bought.

Sweet talk sales with professional image could close a deal quickly than you imagine.

A simple long sleeve shirt with a matching tie and branded watch are sufficient.

If you could add in a blazer, this would add in a professional image but sometimes may add in a little burden to your customer.

You may scare him off instead.



Dressing up for successful bank loans, is one of the criteria too
Dressing up for successful bank loans, is one of the criteria too | Source

5. Bank Loans:

If you are seeking a bank loan to tide down your financial problems, business loans, housing loans or car loans, you need to dress well and prepare all the required documentation to meet the bank officer.

Same goes to meeting a prospective business investor, who will judge on your appearance, how solid is your business plan and your personality.

Nobody is willingly to invest his money to a shabby looking partner that had failed in impressing the investor at first sight.

In this trendy marketing world, in order to survive regardless of your status, it is essential to dress well to leave long lasting good impression to your customers , investors and officers whom you needed their help or approval.

These people always judge your credibility from the outlook at first sight before talking to you.



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Checking your wardrobe for clothes, chuck out the old and out of fashion ones | Source

Conclusion:

It is best to check your wardrobe once in a while. On weekends, spend some time looking at your week days attire. Dress up, look at the mirror, ask your siblings or friends for some tips or advice.

Do I look nerdy?

I am flashing too much skin?

Do I look handsome / pretty?

Do I have to wear some clothes accessories to match this clothes?

Can I borrow your clothes to match mine?

Do I look like a cheapskate?

Do I look like a swindler?

Would you buy my product if I approach you?

Sometimes, additional new clothes accessories such as a tie, couplings, shoes, necklaces, earrings could do the trick.

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Why you need to dress well for success?

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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

First of all, I LOVE CLOTHES, but I still have a very hard time trying to choose for different workdays. I love your hub because it has so many good reasons for dressing for success, but alas…I'm sure I will still have a hard time deciding. Great job!


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Dressing up well is so important not only for success but to feel confident. A well dressed man or woman immediately attracts favorable attention from everyone and then who doesn't like appreciation!

Great positive thoughts in this hub! Thanks and voted up!


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia

These are very useful tips as creating a positive visual impact is important if you want to make a good first impression. Not just from clothes, but also your hairstyle, shoes etc. Great info!


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

@Doris

Thanks, i appreciated your kind words. Took me so long to write this hub, a month i say!

@ChitrangadaSharan

Thanks, yes i agree that dressing up for both men and women shows good impression .

@greatstuff

Yeah, shoes, hairstyle, accessories, matches well with clothes


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teaches12345 2 years ago

This post will help many to dress for success. My dress is business casual for work and I love the comfort of the materials and styles of today's fashions. I remember when I used to have to wear a suit every day years back - very restricting. Great post with loads of excellent advice.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks, teaches12345

yeah, i used to wear company uniforms for years too. Own business style wear is much comfy


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endamclarnon 2 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

Being business dressed is in my opinion the first sign of professionalism. Thought it may be wrong for people to jump to conclusions, the huge majority do, so we may as well remove any risk of a bad first impression.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

hi endamclarnon

thanks for yr comments, its true that first impression is important especially clients


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Keisha Hunter 2 years ago from Paradise and then some

Great hub! I sometimes wonder about the need, but these are good pointers. As for shopping, I still get caught up in the 'must have' even when my intention is to shop 'sale', so I try to keep away a bit these days. I know I need to toss some soon though.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

hi keisha

thanks for reading. For old clothes, donate them to charity. As for shopping, go for the office wear, some big sales offer good clothes too


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Keisha Hunter 2 years ago from Paradise and then some

Will do, thanks Peach


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

hi keisha

thanks, I hope you enjoy this craft. anyway day is easter


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Keisha Hunter 2 years ago from Paradise and then some

I'm not sure i've heard that one before Peach, please do explain ie: day is easter.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

hi keisha,

sorry, i put in the wrong comment. Wanna say, thanks and hope that you will find some good and high quality clothes during the big sales. Cheers


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Keisha Hunter 2 years ago from Paradise and then some

Thanks dear, I hope so too, cheers.


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dilipchandra12 2 years ago from India

So nice to read this important information. Dressing well is so essential.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

yeah, dress for success as the phrase goes


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Joel Diffendarfer 2 years ago from Ft Collins, Colorado

...and Peachy...what should a writer wear while writing?


Deborah Sexton 2 years ago

I love clothes too. When I go to Temple, I'm expected to dress well, and so I do. Because of this, my husband encourages me to buy clothes, sweet man :)


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

@joel

if you are at home, wear anything comfy, don't have to be formal unless you are in an office space.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

I have found that what you share here is so true. I didn't always think so, but realized how much its true that how professional we look, matters at work. The word positive, that you used, also is important. It might even be unfortunate that the "looks" matter as much as they do, but they seem to in this world. We are always the same person on the inside, no matter what, but our professional appearance seems to matter a great deal. My husband did an experiment for his one of his communications classes in college, that had to do with this very thing, and going out to make a big purchase like a car, etc. How people treated him differently, according to how he was dressed was crazy! To be expected though I suppose.

Thanks for sharing, a great hub!


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks, I believe that dressing up does give others a positive look and image, you may not be rich but dress up well could blind their eyes


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Thomas Swan 2 years ago from New Zealand

I wish none of this was necessary. It should be about what's in a person's head, not what they wear. Perhaps it will take a few more centuries, but I think we'll get there eventually.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

yeah, maybe when the future don't require people to wear any clothes! Maybe gadget clothes?


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Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

A great hub. I work in a world where everyone wears scrubs, which I refuse to do - they are unflattering, don't reflect who I am, and I can wear pyjamas at home when looking after kids! At my age its nice to have a reputation of being well dressed - if in doubt, I ask myself, what would Audrey Hepburn do? Voted up


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

@Anne

Cool! Wearing your comfy clothes make working much easier and happier


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for the helpful tips. Some of us (including me) do not talk enough with the mirror. You give good suggestions.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

This is an excellent and very useful article for anyone to read. I agree now that it is necessary to dress well for success. That is probably one of the reasons why I was never promoted to higher grades when I worked for the government years ago. It is especially important to have good shoes, because that is the first item that most people notice. Voted up and sharing with HP followers.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

@MSDora

thanks, I hope talking in the mirror will change your dress up

@Paul

thanks, people look at your shoes? Yeah, my customers looked at my sandals!


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

Good advice. I teach a college-level business communications class and students are required to dress in business casual or business formal for certain presentations during the semester. I always am surprised to see what college kids think passes for business formal. Some of them show up looking like they are ready for a night out at the bars.


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mastergreen 2 years ago

Good one. Nice pictures too.


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Peggy W 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

I had it really easy when I was working as a nurse because we always wore uniforms...or operating room outfits when I worked there. For those in the business world, clothing can become a major expense. Good pointers!


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peachpurple 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks, i like formal wear


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vespawoolf 24 months ago from Peru, South America

These are great reminders. I agree that what we wear is a reflection of the image we project. It´s so important in the workplace and elsewhere. I appreciate the checklist at the end for an honest self-analysis.


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peachpurple 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

vespawoolf

indeed, the clothes we wear at work, reflects our character too


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Electro-Denizen 24 months ago from Wales, UK

peachpurple, I agree with a lot of this hub, but must admit, for those who are not seeking to aim high... dressing casually has to be the most comfortable. I used to dress smartly, linking it to the idea of valuing oneself etc then realised how stressed I was about it all!


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peachpurple 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Electro-Denizen

indeed stressful, pressure yourself to wear something not comfy


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ezzly 24 months ago

Couldn't agree more with this article, in fact I even read somewhere that if you were lovely underwear that helps confidence levels too ...now to the lingerie department ! :)


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peachpurple 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

lovely underwear? maybe the red ones.


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Christy Maria 23 months ago

Hello! I really love this article, I found it reached out to me in a sense that I always try my best to dress for success. Great job on this!


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks, glad that it was helpful to you


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Besarien 21 months ago

I remember when I first graduated college my older sister decided to take me out for "office clothes." She ended up buying me a bunch of dresses I was uncomfortable wearing because they made me look like a little girl playing dress up. I realized that to her I was still a kid- which was the last image I wanted to put project professionally. So, I took them all back and used the money to shop for myself- lots of separates that could work together. In the long run, the money she spent went a long way and made a huge difference, for which I'm forever grateful. Great topic and useful suggestions for us working stiffs! Voted up!


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

you sister is trying to make you look better but turns up that you did better than her. Thanks


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gaddie 21 months ago from Great Missenden

Nice hub. I do need to Change wardrobe with better items. Given me some good reasons to buy better quality clothes. Thanks for sharing.


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old albion 21 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Peachy. Yes clothes maketh the man and woman. In the case of the men I do so agree with you a tie is essential at any formal gathering. Well done.

Graham.


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks gaddie, i agree that better quality clothes also helps to improve your image

thanks old albion, i love when guys wear necktie for formal gathering or even doing sales, pretty smart


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Seshagopalan 19 months ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Interesting article.. How the attire creates the impression to the viewers. Well Made Hub..


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks seshagopalan, Dressing up really affects the viewers impression


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Suzanne Day 16 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dressing well at work simply puts you in the best position to do your best work. As well as feeling professional, you are able to project your professionalism to others and therefore reap the most benefits - all from some simple items of clothing!


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peachpurple 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks suzanne, yes you feel tip top condition


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ranonis 14 months ago

Absolutely agree. Others opinion is based on the way we look. Especially the first impression. Sad but true.


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ladyguitarpicker 3 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

A great hub with a lot of good advice from you. I always try and dress good when I have to play the guitar. It just seems I can focus on the guitar and not what I look like.


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peachpurple 3 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

@ladyguitarpicker

thanks very much

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