Even though we all wish for others to judge us on the basis of our personality, opinions, moral fibre and thoughts, the truth is that what we wear plays a fundamental role in determining how our friends, family members, relatives, colleagues, clients, customers and everybody else see us.
If you are not sure what kind of clothes help people convey a positive and successful image of themselves, try to picture a rich broker, a president or any successful person in your head for a second. What do you see? Most of you are probably visualising smart suits, pencil skirts, high heels, golf clubs and expensive jewellery. Now try to visualise an unfortunate person who hates his job and lives a mediocre life. You are probably picturing a sad person wearing insignificant clothes which reflect their mental and social status.
Do you want to become successful? Start paying more attention to what you wear and make a positive impression on those who can help you turn your life around and achieve your ambitious goals. First of all, ensure that whatever you wear is clean and neat. Second of all, try to keep the following steps in mind.
Women should avoid wearing too much make up as this isn’t usually associated with sophisticated, successful ladies. If you are going to a job interview, it is important that you look confident, serious and professional. Navy blue and grey suits are an excellent option for both men and women. White, light blue, striped and checked shirts go well with the aforementioned colours, as long as they are well-designed and classic. Beige, white, black and blue trousers are also excellent options which can be easily matched with a wide range of solid-coloured and patterned blazers. With regards to accessories, classic leather tote bags and briefcases are your best bet if you can’t afford an expensive designer bag.
Your jewels should express strength, confidence and experience. Tiny heart-shaped earrings matched with an almost invisible necklace with a silver key attached to it might be associated with sweetness, lack of experience and even weakness. If you want to be seen as a strong woman, opt for a few “strong”, tasteful pieces of jewellery. Extra-large necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings are all fantastic options, especially if enriched with colourful gems. However, remember that a classy, sophisticated woman wouldn’t wear more than two visible pieces of jewellery, otherwise others might think that you are trying too hard and/or that you have no class. When it comes to casual contexts, knee-length dresses, neutral-coloured pencil skirts, patterned blouses, blazers, cardigans, trench coats and classic coats can definitely help you look powerful and successful.
Should you ever get tired of looking perfect every day and would rather wear something comfortable than tight-fitting executive skirts, tops and trousers, polo shirts and neutral-coloured chinos are practical alternatives which represent an excellent combination of comfortable and smart.
How to get all of the aforementioned things if you are on a tight budget
The answer is simple. Take advantage of special offers, buy from physical or on-line shops which sell discounted and/or used designer clothes. As for suits, blazers and pencil skirts, high-street retailers like H&M and Zara all sell trendy and affordable smart clothes for women who have executive jobs. Jewellery and watches can be purchased on auction websites for 1/10 of their retail price.