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For an Active Career: Dress for Success

Updated on August 8, 2017

Use Professional Savvy---Dress for Success

Professionally dressed men and women always stand out as someone who is serious about their professional careers. Men and women must adorn themselves in a professional way to achieve in their careers.

One does not need to make a large salary to dress in proper attire. Many people I have worked with obtained their million dollar looks with a mere $50.00 for an entire outfit from shoes on up. This is how the savvy dressed for success.

This really amazed me---being the oldest grandchild---I was the one who always gave my outgrown clothing to my cousins. So, I grew up not knowing what it was like to wear clothes worn by someone else first---and I always wanted to know how it really felt. If that does not make any sense to you---don’t feel bad---you would need to know me to understand.

Women Who are Dressed for Success.
Women Who are Dressed for Success.

A Savvy Way to Dress for Success

How to dress for success? This question took my cousin and I went to local Consignment Shops to do my research. They are not “Thrift Shops” because thrift shops are mostly donations of unwanted clothing for tax purposes or for a small monetary gain. Consignment Shops benefits from people who sell new clothes; because they've grown weary of wearing them---some very expensive brand names and even designer labels---and that is good for you the consumer.

Consignment Shops has become more high-ended--- because of the down turned economy---where even the wealthy are economizing. This is great for the working girls and guys who live on a budget.

These shops have top brand names with designer clothes, suits, dresses, pant suits, shirts, blouses, ties, belts and everyday clothes like designer jeans, shoes, purses, handbags, silk scarves and jewelry. One would need to shop in a consignment store to appreciate all they offer.

Be a Smart Shopper

Be savvy and shop online also---there are many ways to save money and look fabulous. There are some shops in college towns/cities where students will buy from the local consignment shops and then sell the clothes back when they want something new. That way the students look great all the time by giving the message they are serious about everything in their lives, education, appearances and living on a budget. So this is how one is dressed for success by being a smart shopper.

So this is not just a fab---this is life and making your money work for you by economizing and still looking professional. Have a fun day with friends and do your research by visiting all the local shops in your town and maybe the nearby cities. Consignment shopping is the new trend to dressing professional, which is a good career step for your future to dress for success.

Professionally Dressed Men and Women
Professionally Dressed Men and Women
Man and Woman dressed in black suits for the workplace.
Man and Woman dressed in black suits for the workplace.

Put Your Best Self Forward

I really cannot tolerate how unprofessional women dress who work in offices and businesses throughout the United States. How can they not know that women should always dress for success.

Dressing casual is for after hours, not during working hours. Employees of a company represents the company where he/she works, and if judged in a poor light, then it reflects badly on the company as well.

In the workforce world one becomes judged by their appearance, and if one’s appearance is inappropriate and sloppy, and then others could also assume that one’s work is too.

Every company and business should have a dress code and an Employee Handbook; this would nip the issue in the bud before it begins.

All HR Personnel and anyone who interviews someone for a position should go over the Dress Code of that company , and have the interviewees sign off on the discussion and that they understood it. And, then the signed form becomes part of their personnel file if hired, or attached to their application if not hired.

There are so many shows on television showing women who work as detectives, a CSI, investigators, office workers in companies and large firms, etc. that showed so much of their breast that honestly I am so embarrassed for them. However, that is on T.V., and not in an office environment

This is not what hooks viewers; its creditability of the show, good writing and great actors. But they go by ratings--not good taste---or they would be professionally dressed.

I feel some Television shows might be influencing the workforce of today, by showing their lack of professional attire. Please remember for an active career, dress for success.

I walked in a local City Hall one morning, and the woman who came to the counter looked so bad in her over-sized shirt and jeans, that I thought she was the cleaning lady. I was still in shock when I walked out the door, after finding out she was a secretary. However, she may have a job, but it is doubtful her career will be active since she did not dress for success.

Dress Professionally for Interviews

It disappoints me when women actually made appointments for an advertised office position; who walks into my office in jeans, for an interview.

When the ad described the dress code with the duties and the skills required as qualifications for being hired.

Yes, I took time and interviewed the ones who did not read and/or adhere to the dress code, and after I explained the dress code some appeared embarrassed they had not read it.

I explained to the ones who cared enough to apologize to me for not reading that I would give them another chance. But they had to return properly dressed for an interviewed by the person hiring for the job.

Please make sure you read everything, and remember to dress professionally for the interviewer, because he or she decides if you get the second interview by the person who is doing the actual hiring, for their company.

Dressing professionally does not need to cost a lot. The best advice I can give anyone is shop at Consignment Shops. They are in towns, and cities throughout the United States, and they have really great bargains.

One of my friends who works in an office buys most of her clothes, shoes, bags, and a lot of her jewelry at consignment shops.

She buys suits, shirts and blouses, and mixes and matches different skirts to different jackets, with different blouses, this makes so more outfits to choose from each day. And she always looks amazing in the clothes because she knows how to dress for success.

Sure, men will stare at women who comes to the workplace dressed in low-cut blouses or dresses, and clothes too tight, but these same men most of the time will promote the woman who dresses professionally.

Don't be popular for the wrong reason, dress to advance in your career. It is your life, you be the master of how far you can travel on the road to success.

So, bottom-line, there is absolutely no reason to dress unprofessional----dress to impress. If you want to keep your career active then, dress for success.


Men Dressed for Success.
Men Dressed for Success.
Career serious men dresses in suits.
Career serious men dresses in suits.

Men Should Always Dress for Success

Men should always dress for success and wear suits in the office, and at meetings, and any office celebrations, or functions. However, you are still representing the company/corporation as their employee; outside the office, while on company business. Be professionally dressed in suits for a first impression in obtaining a successful career.

Everything you do and how you conduct yourself reflects on the company or corporation, so your actions become monitored even after being hired.

Why? Because from the first day of employment you will be working towards a promotion with an increase in salary, this is why you are working--- to make a good salary, so you can improve your lifestyle---and start saving for the future.

How one dresses when meeting someone for the first time---is your first impression---and it could be your last chance to impress; if you are not dress properly for an interview, or anything concerning business and your career.

Remember, companies and corporations are looking only for professionally dressed applicants to apply for positions in their companies/corporations.

After all you will be representing their company; therefore, only the best professionally dressed applicants get an interview. Please make sure your attire is proper because they will not interview you. And, please remember to always conduct yourself in a professional way.

And, here is a little secret I will share with you. I have turned applicants away who came into the office and were rude to the receptionist.

Some think they can say anything to the poor receptionist because they are here for an interview. I remind you to watch your manners.

Any rude or obnoxious behavior is not tolerated, and some of you might find this a juvenile subject to bring up---but you would be surprise at the immature actions of some young/older men.

So, I will say again—for an active career men should dress for success.

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  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida


    I am so happy for your visit and comment. Have a beautiful Paris day. I will check out the site.

    Bobbi Purvis

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida


    I believe you might be right about the rag. Thanks for the visit and for your comment.

    Your Hub Friend,


  • Anamika S profile image

    Anamika S Jain 

    6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Lovely Pictures! I think if you are confident you can look good in a rag too, at least that's my experience. Good Hub, voted up!

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Florida

    Hi Sina Pies,

    Thanks for stopping and commenting on my hub. I appreciate it.

    Yes, it is unbelievable that some people are so rude to the receptionist.



  • Sinea Pies profile image

    Sinea Pies 

    7 years ago from Northeastern United States

    very good hub. Voted up and useful. I especially like your point about applicants who are rude to the receptionist. To me, that sizes them up right there and I wouldn't want them working for me.

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Florida

    Millionaire Tips,

    Thank you for stopping by, and I appreciate your comment

    very much. You are welcome anytime.



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    Shasta Matova 

    7 years ago from USA

    I agree that you should dress appropriately for your job and follow the dress code. People on TV are dressing for ratings and are not following a code that the rest of us have to follow.

    That being said, I wouldn't judge someone by what they were wearing. They may have a reason for what they were wearing - maybe the dress code is lax there, or it is Casual Friday or some other day to collect money for a charity, or the person might have to do some cleaning and was allowed to dress down, or the person might just be dropping by the office for a quick visit on their day off and decided to help you anyway.


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