We’re highly visual creatures, and no matter how much we’d like to think it doesn’t alter our opinions, that we look past the exterior, the visual perception of a person often influences our opinion and assumptions of their capabilities.
Repeatedly attending work looking terribly sloppy creates an uphill battle for you. Believe me, our hills are steep enough, why add to it? Ladies, I’m not telling you that you have to climb that hill in stilettos, heck no, I’ve rarely worn a stiletto since my early 20’s and even less since moving to Denver, in fact mine have slowly creeped to the back of my closet and begun collecting a decent layer of dust, blocked in by red dirt coated hiking boots, broken in running shoes, flat knee high boots, and that’s exactly where I like them.
It doesn’t take high heels, Armani, or discomfort to look the part of a put together professional. Men, I do not need to see you in a three-piece suit to believe you know what you’re doing in your job. My belief is that you just need to look put together so that your clothing frames your work rather than your appearance becoming a distraction from your talents.
More than the importance of your look to other people, it is important to FEEL put together, the confidence you gain from feeling comfortable and organized in your clothing shows through in your body language, mannerisms, and in your ability to focus on the project at hand rather than wondering if the coworker across from you judging your clothing choices. Remove the distractions, reasons for self-consciousness, and direct attention to your amazing performance in your work by dressing to impress yourself, and reminding others that you are there to accomplish goals!