Though it might not be a fair assessment, people judge you by the way you look. First impressions really do matter. Even though you don’t want to be judged in a negative light, your appearance matters. One of the ways you can own the narrative is by making sure you dress your best for success. Whatever people want to assume is their business. However, you can make sure you feel your most confident and successful by adopting these six tips.
- Own your best attributes.
If you have great legs, find great skirts and shorts that highlight those stems. If you have great arms or back muscles, choose button-up shirts or blouses that highlight those attributes. If you don’t know your best attributes, ask a few people you trust to tell you. If you’re shy about highlighting your best areas, do some inner work to figure out why.
- Consider the forums you’re in.
If you’re in the boardroom, your outfit will look different from an outfit for a successful first date. Always consider the forum you’re in. If you love flair and color, you don’t have to hide that love when you’re in a work setting. If you’re someone who works in corporate America, find a suit that’s in an appropriate color. However, you can add a ring, bracelet or a pair of socks that are in a fun, bright color. There are ways to creatively weave your personality into your look.
- Invest in tailoring.
Tailoring will easily take a cheap blazer and make it look like you got it custom-made for your body. When the large clothing manufacturers make clothes, they’re not doing so with your particular body shape in mind. However, when you invest in tailoring, the tailor will definitely make any garment look as though it was tailor-made for your body. Plus, it’s not expensive. If you can invest $10 on a great tailoring job for a pair of jeans, you can create a completely unique and stunning look that elevates your overall vibe.
- Know when to let go.
You might have a pair of jeans or leggings that you absolutely adore. However, if they have holes or look worn, it’s time to get rid of them. When you keep old clothes that are tattered and obviously worn, this makes you look unkempt. One of the main components of looking like success is to look like you care. If you wear clothes with holes and missing buttons, it’ll look as though you don’t care. If you don’t care about your appearance, this might subliminally communicate that you don’t care about getting the job done well.
- Reassess what you need.
Don’t just throw away the old leggings. Make a note of the leggings you need to replace them with. If you need better undergarments, purchase them. Create a running list of all the new pieces you need to make your closet and wardrobe look flawless.
- Keep your garments clean and well-groomed.
If you have beautiful white leather sneakers, you’re going to need a special polish and cleaning routine in order to maintain their beauty. Know that this isn’t an anal process. Marie Kondo talks a lot about taking good care of the things you own. If you’ve purchased them, you need to honor the investment by maintaining the longevity of the item.
As you work on these tips, give yourself time. While there are some tips you can immediately start working on, others will take some thoughtful contemplation, consultations, and reassessments. As you evolve, your closet should reflect that. Since you’re a human who will constantly evolve, your closet will always evolve. Cheers to the journey of evolving and curating a closet that helps you look your best.