It’s officially fall and many of us will soon be swapping our favorite summer tops for sweaters and suit jackets. Fall is a great time to rethink your business attire and what it says about you.
We live in a vision-oriented society and make judgments about people in seven seconds or less. I’m sure you’ve rolled your eyes at a few colleagues’ outfits in the past. You can bet your boss does the same.
Your wardrobe can be a huge asset to you in the boardroom if you follow the four “P” qualities in my book, Poised for Success: polish, presence, professionalism and passion.
Here are some tips on how to update your wardrobe this fall:
Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Follow the lead of your supervisor. If you’ve had your eye on a promotion, try dressing the part. It will tell your boss you’re ready for the responsibility.
Consider your industry. If you work for a bank, a suit is most likely mandatory. If you work for an advertising firm, you may be able to dress more creatively. For more formal industries, showing your individuality can be difficult. Accessories can help you stand out. Invest in a beautifully made fountain pen or a stylish pair of shoes.
Mirror your clients. If you’re often in meetings or oversee client accounts, match the style of your customers. Show clients you understand their company and industry by mirroring their business attire. Wearing similar clothing as those you’re meeting with could help you close your next account.
Be prepared for the unexpected. Dresses are a great choice for work because they can be spruced up easily. Keep a suit jacket by your desk for last minute meetings or wear a sweater to dress more casually.
Choose clothes that fit. You probably know to avoid revealing necklines and short skirts, but it’s also important to wear clothes that fit properly. You don’t have to invest in a tailored wardrobe, but make sure your clothing isn’t too tight or too loose.
What’s your favorite fall style for work?