Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Borrow Justin Timberlake's Suit and Tie

Borrow Justin Timberlake's Suit and Tie -Dressing for Continued Success

Has business casual gotten too casual?  Executives say YES!

Do NOT be fooled into thinking the interview is the only time it really matters what you look like. 

1. Know your company's uniform or your client's 
        dress and one-up it. If they wear denim, wear 
2. How you wear it is more important than the name 
       on the tag. It's probably ok if your suit or dress 
       was not made by Justin Timberlake's personal 
       stylist BUT it better be clean and wrinkle free 
       AND fit well. 
3. Your hair, nails, bodily and oral hygiene all matter!
4. In MOST industries, conservative styles are the 
       best way to go. 

The most important reason to dress professionally is when you feel good about what you’re wearing, you can feel self-assured in most all situations. When we are dressed well and look good we automatically feel better and work better. We make more connections because we have the confidence to talk to more people.  

Dressing the part won't get the job or close the deal for you. However, failing to care for your appearance CAN ruin your chances at both. 

Dressing your ONLINE self is just as important. GOOGLE YOURSELF and make sure your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are sending the same message about you as your freshly dry-cleaned suit because employers, current AND prospective, ARE LOOKING!

Comment question to post below: What comes up when you google yourself?


  1. Appropriate dress seems to be a challenge for a lot of people. Here's an interesting post that asks whether universities should teach this skill: http://www.dailylife.com.au/dl-fashion/fashion-trends/should-office-dress-codes-be-taught-at-university-20120918-263ju.html

    1. Interesting. Maybe there is a business opportunity here for fashion consultants to help individuals and businesses determine what should be worn in particular situations.

    2. Great reminder, Erica! I found something along those lines on this site for women (http://www.dressforsuccess.org/) but unfortunately it looks like the closest affiliates are Tampa or Fort Myers. It looks like a great way to equip women - starting with clothing and moving far beyond.

    3. Isn't that kinda like what Rachel on Friends did?

  2. Here's link to article on dress for faculty! http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2008/02/08/jensen#.UPWOe-SI-Ps.email