We have all heard it, “Don’t judge don’t judge a book by its cover!”
Most of us have been told all of our lives; but hearing it all of the time does not make it true.
We live in a materialistic, visual world, and yes, you too will get judged by your appearance. More than likely, you have judged others’ appearances as well, even if you don’t intentionally do so.
Contradictorily, we also grew up being told that, “There’s nothing like a good first impression” and, “Whether good or bad, first impressions are everything.”
Whether you want to believe it or not- people will generalize and judge you for your style choices and the way that you choose to present yourself to society.
I don’t care what industry you are in, how old you are, or how much experience you have in the world- you dress for the job you WANT, not the job you have. The way you dress at work will at some point have a direct or indirect effect on your success.
Here’s another one I am sure you are familiar with, “You should always dress your best because you never know who you’re going to run into.” That is true… but at the same time you should be dressing your best to feel your best! It needs to be a balanced combination of being able to express your personal style while also dressing appropriately for the industry you work in, or event you are attending, etc.
I dress well because it makes me feel good! I’m not sure about you, but I think that I am definitely going to try to have a better, and more successful day if I am looking sharp and feeling confident, than if I had stumbled in late wearing leggings, a baggy sweater, and my hair uncombed. Again, nothing wrong with leggings and a sweater- but know the time, know the place (definitely brush your hair, don’t be gross).
You are going to have gained much more respect and credibility being a well put together, responsible, and stylish employee than one who is laid back, casual, and just floats along doing the bare minimum.
Sure, I’d love to be the laid back, casual one, wouldn’t we all? Save it for the weekend, people. A young woman, who sets goals for herself and goes above and beyond to achieve them, will be a lot more successful in life and probably happier in general.
Be aware of what kind of attention you are attracting when you get dressed tomorrow. How do you want people to perceive you today?
Moral of the story is, whether you like it or not – you will be judged by the way you look. Don’t be lazy, dress for success ladies!