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Dress for Success: The Key to Unlocking Professional Achievements

Why Dressing with Confidence Helps You Reach Professional Achievements

Clean shirt, new shoes

And I don’t know where I am goin’ to.

Silk suit, black tie,

I don’t need a reason why.

Are the first four lines to the song, Sharp Dressed Man. But if ZZ Top’s 1983 hit can’t inspire you to, “Dress to Impress,” well then, you might be hopeless.

But I’m willing to give it a shot in this blog.

Dressing nice makes you feel good about yourself; and when you’re feeling good about yourself you have more confidence.That confidence will translate into success. And success equals achievement.

Success doesn’t dress like a slob.

Can you think of a time you have seen any successful person dressing like slob? In fact there are many famous quotes about how one dresses, by some very successful people that would know a little about it.

You may have heard of one or two of them:

  • ‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe
  • ‘If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.’ Anna Wintour
  • ‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.’ – Rachel Zoe
  • ‘Fashion is instant language.’ -Miuccia Prada
  • ‘I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born.’ – Charlie Chaplin  

Keep your style professional.

And it’s not just about the way it makes you feel. Whether you are interviewing for a new job or just showing up for the current one; dressing for success shows that you take your profession seriously and that you are looking to move beyond your current position. Because, hey – you’re a professional.

That could mean more responsibility, growth of business or a promotion. Dress as the person you want to be in life. This helps to align you with the right goals. Just because you haven’t reached that particular status yet, there’s nothing wrong with dressing the part.

Just like anything in life, if you mentally prepare for it, you more than likely will achieve it.

Use fashion to reach new goals.

How you dress is also a representation of how you carry yourself and go about your business.

Dressing nice takes time and dedication. There’s a lot of thought and planning that goes into the everyday, ‘Dress to Impress.’ You have to be creative with the attire you put together. Also trendy and current with the latest styles are a must.  You’re probably very well organized and even a little OCD.

Dress like a Boss.

People will take notice, and you’ll look like a boss when you have everyone in the office complimenting you, asking you for fashion tips and then attempting to follow suit. No pun intended.

Remember, your appearance should always coincide with your goals.

Take some time, do your homework and get a little more in touch with your fashionable side. That way you can ask yourself when you go out shopping for that new suit. Does this iterate what I am trying to achieve and where I want to be in life? Do I look like the person just trying to get by in my company? Or do I want to look like a confident, well put together, organized, and talented individual who stands out? Because that’s what you want.

So here’s my challenge to you; show up tomorrow with a little style, you’ll get noticed…I promise.

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