Dress the Part; Be the Part
“Dressing the part” – we hear it every day but what does it really mean? If you dress the part can you really become the part? My answer is yes and here’s why…
Growing up living a fashion-filled lifestyle, I have always valued the importance of dressing my best. Six years ago, my mom opened up a New York style boutique in our home town. Being the face of the store, she and I have always been under a watchful eye from others about how we present ourselves. Whether it’s a day working in the shop or a night out on the town, we are constantly running into customers. You can never predict who you’ll run into or who you’ll potentially meet, so it’s important to be prepared. Here are some of my tips on dressing the part:
Interview: Interviews can potentially be the most important moment in your life. You want to look perfected and polished and feel your absolute best
- Always be overdressed. No matter the position you’re interviewing for, it’s always best to be overdressed. Wear a suit if you have one. If not, a jacket/blazer with dress pants is acceptable.
- Add a splash of color. It’s important that the company can remember you after you leave. If you wear a suit, wear a bright colored solid top underneath to stay memorable.
- Keep it simple. Simple jewelry and hair and tastefully manicured nails.
Business day: Dressing for work every day can be tricky. Companies’ dress codes vary widely but we’ll stick to a business casual example.
- Keep it appropriate: Self explanatory.
- Don’t be afraid to be trendy. Just because you’re in a business setting doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun! Opt away from dull colors.
- Switch it up: If your work allows, have fun alternating between dressy and more casual. Friday is always great for jeans and a cute top, while as Monday you might want to start the week looking professional and ready for clients.
After hours: As previously stated, you never know who you’ll run into out on the town…clients, co-workers, or even your boss!
- This is your time to be unique; have fun and be yourself.
- Throw on some heels and always keep it classy.
- Never wear anything too revealing that would make you feel uncomfortable. You want to represent your company with grace and style as well as sell yourself to potential clients and networking opportunities.
When you dress the part, it makes you feel good about yourself. It spikes your confidence, and ultimately you become the part. What you wear goes far beyond what’s hot and what’s not. It is about representing yourself, showing respect for others, and expressing your sense of individuality. It’s also about representing your company with pride and admiration. So dress to impress. It can make all the difference.