Working environments have changed dramatically in the last few years. The move to more casual working environments often means that a suit and tie are no longer required. So then, what is professional image?
Appropriate work wear will vary from one industry to another and from one company to another. Which can make the issue even more confusing.
My big questions to you are, what image do you want to create and what career do you want to have? The answers to these questions will largely determine your appropriate wardrobe choice.
Here are a few key guidelines:
1. Dress for the career you want, not the one you have. If you want to take your career to the next level, then you need to dress like you belong at the next level. Not only will that cause others to take you more seriously, but it will make you feel ready for such a promotion. The way you dress reflects how you feel about yourself. If you feel more competent and capable, you will be.
2. Avoid wearing anything that undermines your professional capabilities. I cannot stress this enough. If you pitch to that all-important client, wearing sloppy jeans and a tee shirt, you may not be taken seriously. To make a good impression give some careful thought and consideration when choosing what to wear.
3. Always dress for your build. Wearing what suits your shape will mean you will always look good. Build a good basic work wardrobe of items that fit you well. Looking good is often about getting the right fit.
Tracy Gold is a personal stylist and fashion writer. She offers her expert advice from a woman’s perspective, assisting men to look sharp and feel confident with her easy-to-achieve techniques. For more details visit Makeovers for Men.