Look the Part- How to Dress for Success
Intellect, intelligence, and personality are all part of what a successful employee brings to the table, but it's safe to say that it's not only on the inside what counts in this world of visual stimulation. Dressing the part and looking professional is also an important factor to an overall successful workplace effort.
Depending upon the field of work you're in, "dressing the part" means something different to everyone, but for the most part, these three tips will have you looking sharp, leaving a good impression, and keep your confidence soaring. It's time to put one sock on at a time and walk into your place of business with a sense of swagger!
1. Invest in a Decent Suit
You needn't blow your entire paycheck on your wardrobe. One nice foundation piece, be it a 3-piece suit, a basic sheath dress, or something else fitting for your line of work, is a great starter for a number of ensembles that can be created with this item as the base. One good investment will have the other mix-and-match pieces looking high-end and stylish. You'll look put together and sophisticated day in and day out.
Career Castsuggest "something tailor-made to ensure a correct fit and to choose a solid color that isn't distracting." Plus, steer clear of fads and trends that will pass before you've gotten a good run with the clothing and the most wear for your money. Think classic, timeless, and well-made.
2. Details Matter
Along with the perfect fit, the little things count when it comes to dressing well for the office. As per Forbes, "Ensure that your clothes are cleaned and pressed." Even the finest designer clothing will look like they're straight from the hamper if you waltz into work with wrinkles and stains. Match your personal appearance to your clothing care too… no ragged nails, keep your hair clean and fresh, and use makeup mindfully. This isn't "the club" or the weekend. Save less formal and more revealing looks for your personal time.
Stick to simple jewelry and accessories, match well, and de-lint that pet hair off yourself before leaving the house. Make sure your shoes are clean and workplace appropriate and don't overpower your aroma with heavy colognes, lotions, perfumes, or hair products. You want your look and presence to lead, not Chanel No. 5!
3. Go With the Flow
If you're not sure how to dress for your workplace, check out how the boss and upper management is dressed. As per Forbes, "When in doubt, err on the side of being slightly over dressed, rather than show up looking too casual." As they say, dress for the job you want, not necessarily for the job you have.
You can also speak to the human resources department for a dress guideline and recommendations for appropriate attire. Look around the office and catch the overall vibe. Of course, everyone has their own style, but stay in line with what's considered befitting for your line of work.
Ready to get that custom-made suit? Check out these 10 online options for something tailored to your taste and style at a variety of price points. Brown bag it for a few weeks rather than lunching out and you'll never regret the purchase. The investment will pay off with that promotion! Here's lookin' at you!
According to The Balance, "Kim Zoller at Image Dynamics says 55% of another person's perception of you is based on how you look." Dress for success and be sure you've got 100% of their appreciation from top to bottom!
Every time payday rolls around, I’m on top of the world. Jeff Bezos-level rich - even though I’m anything but. And then somehow the very next day, rent is due.
The cycle continues. The next payday, bills for my apartment. I find myself without a surplus of savings since I just moved and newly-furnished my apartment completely.
Even more terrifying is the looming presence of the holiday season. Halloween’s officially over and before we know it, hello Thanksgiving…and then there’s Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s. It’s insane.
I’ve been feeling very British lately. Not in a Union-Jack-obsessed, “Keep Calm and Carry-On” way. I went through that phase in 2012 with everyone else… no thank you. And it’s not even a surge of patriotism catalyzed by the Queen dying — I’m firmly team Diana and team Meghan.
Now that fall is officially here, the holidays will sweep in and I’ll have to contend with the fact that I won’t be spending them with my family in the UK. I went home to London earlier this year, so there’s not much left in my travel budget for another trip across the pond. A few domestic jaunts might be in my future, but the closest I’ll get to England this winter is watching Love Island and Love, Actually.
So in that spirit, I’ve been filling my days with content from my favorite Brits. I’m listening to all the old British rock bands I grew up listening to, patiently awaiting the new Arctic Monkeys album, and rewatching anything with Michaela Coel in it. I even shipped myself an order of British Baked Beans, so you know it’s dire.
I’ve also been watching British YouTubers like Grace Beverley — my favorite. Generally, I only go on YouTube to watch Vogue Beauty Secrets and AD Open Door videos. But I’m so glad I stumbled on Grace. Her content is a mix of London lifestyle (what lured me in), relatable entrepreneurship, and mindful productivity. I’m not a hustle-and-grind-girlboss, but as a creative person in a 9-to-5, I need all the help I can get to stay plugged in. So, the video “how to be really really really productive without getting overwhelmed” changed my approach to WFH.
Grace outlines her own productivity method: the to-do table. Instead of making a simple to-do list, she divides her tasks into a table that anyone can follow. As someone who’s survived with to-do lists for years, I recently implemented Grace’s method, and it’s revolutionized my workdays.
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I follow her routine to a tee. Here’s how it works:
Essentially, she divides her daily responsibilities into four categories: quick ticks, tasks, projects, and non-negotiables.
- Quick Ticks: Actions that take less than 5-minutes
- Tasks: To-do’s that take up to 30-minutes. Probably don’t take too much brain energy.
- Projects: Long-term list items. These help guide your priorities, even if you’re not crossing them off in one day.
- Non-negotiables: Pick 3 things each day that you must get done. This is how you’ll truly measure success.
With everything written down and sorted, next address your schedule. Meetings, deadlines, and time blocks — whatever works best for you. Write it down. Then make a pact with yourself to stick to them.
This way of categorization provides a roadmap for prioritizing your day — making you far more productive. Have you ever spent the entire day on small tasks and then suddenly realized you hadn’t moved the needle on any task? Or do you spend way too much time on tasks that aren’t a priority? No more. With your non-negotiables laid out, you know what to laser-focus on and what to dedicate energy towards.
Also, it pays to know your working style. I’m not a morning person. Yet, I have to be up and at ‘em super early. So, first thing in the morning, I march through my Quick Ticks to warm me up. I set a time limit, so I can knock out some easy wins which is totally inspiring. Then I move on to bigger things without lingering on emails or admin. For others, it might be more helpful to tackle the big things with all that early-in-the-day brain power earlier.
Grace has great tips on avoiding overwhelm and burnout. My favorite is taking more intentional breaks rather than scrolling through social media. I call this scrolling “productive” because I’m “coming up with pitches.” Oh, the lies we tell ourselves. It’s more productive in the long run to giving my brain a break with non-screen related stimuli.
Grace’s solution? Set a timer to read a real, an actual book. I’ve never thought of this. It’s a genius way to check off some books on my TBR and kickstart my creativity. After reading a good book, I’m completely inspired to write. So having books near my desk helps me step away from the computer during my lunch break for an actual reset. (And yes, the current books I’m reading are by British authors: Assembly by Natasha Brown, and Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalolu.)
In my pursuit of switching out my WFH set-up and getting my life together, I’ve engineered my workstation for success. With my new WFH essentials and Grace’s productivity technique, I’m revitalized for work — despite the fall blues and my melancholy about the pending holidays.
Here are the things getting me hyped for work and helping me crush my Grace Beverley-inspired to-do tables — no lists in sight:
Pack your bags — Southwest Airlines is having a major sale! Fares are as low as $59 one-way if you book by October 3rd.
This end-of-summer super sale is a game-changer for your travel plans through the end of the year. Summertime travel gets all the glory. But why not take advantage of your long weekends, holidays, and PTO this fall. You’ll be surprised at how much travel you can fit in. Keep the fall/winter season exciting with domestic trips that give you all the excitement without breaking the bank. All thanks to Southwest.
Here’s the breakdown:
Where can you go?
You’ll find discounted tickets to and from most airports. Sale fares apply to cross country travel, and even Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean! Whether you’re visiting a new city or revisiting your last beach vacation, this sale has fares to make your travel dreams come true.
What do the fares cover?
Southwest Airlines has multiple fare tiers, each with various benefits. Wanna Get Away fares start at $59, while Wanna Get Away Plus fares start at $89. You can also find great deals on Anytime fares, which offer priority boarding and express lanes. Then there’s Business Select tickets for a luxe experience at an affordable price point.
Do you have to be a Southwest Rapid Rewards member?
You may think these sale fares are too good to be true. Is there a catch? Do you have to be a Southwest Rapid Rewards member to access them? You’re in luck — anyone can attain these fares for a limited time.
But, insider tip, you should consider signing up for Southwest Rapid Rewards. With a free sign up, you earn points and miles with each trip you take. And with this sale, each dollar you spend on these discounted tix can stretch super far until you eventually earn free travel. The only thing better than a sale is free stuff.
I’ve been browsing the Southwest Airlines site, checking out flights and dreaming.