While first impressions receive a lot of hype, it’s important to remember that every day is an opportunity not only for first impressions, but also to make a positive impression on your boss. Think about it: when you walk in the door in the morning, before you have even said good morning, your appearance communicates something about you. Do you look disheveled, like you just threw on whatever you saw first?
Was this scene taken straight from your life?
While the quality of your work is certainly important, people will gain confidence in your attention to detail if you show pride and attention to detail in your personal appearance. We all remember the transformation Andie had once she decided to focus on her look as well as her work.
Not all of us work for a fashion magazine, so look might be over the top for some. But the point is, an outfit that is coherent, and fits well can inspire people, where ill-fitting or mismatched clothing can look messy and leave clients and co-workers wondering if you are going to give that same level of (non) attention to your work. Not to mention the personal confidence you gain when you feel like you look great! During my time as a buyer or sales executive in technology, no one would’ve taken me seriously if I was dressed in leggings and an over-sized sweatshirt. Cute and comfy, but probably not the best choice for getting deals done.
Your appearance reflects not only on you personally, but if you have a job which requires interacting with the public, it can also reflect on your boss. For instance, if your job has you as the first face people see when they walk in the door, people might question your boss’s judgment if they hire people who don’t look particularly eager to impress. Obviously, you don’t need to be in formal business attire if your office is a more business casual environment, but try to match your boss’s level of style, because they are likely setting the tone they want for their office with their style choices.
And of course, there is always the old “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. A cliche, true, but cliches don’t become such widespread sayings without having basic elements of truth at their heart. If you are doing the bare minimum to look “presentable”, your boss may not think that you have higher ambitions. Taking the time and care to dress impeccably shows that you have drive and ambition. Being willing to go the extra mile in your appearance can signal to your employer that you’re willing to go the extra mile in your job as well.
Pictures of Devil Wears Prada from Google, set on Polyvore