Here at LNE Consulting, one of our biggest keys to success is having high standards. This, in part, means dressing professionally and looking the part. They say that your appearance subconsciously dictates how you are perceived by others. So it only makes sense that dressing professionally boosts your reputation and can help you expand your network.
That doesn’t mean you have to spend 4 digits on a suit or splurge on a pair of nice dress shoes. Looking professional can actually be boiled down into a few basic rules. You’ll come to find that it’s not as difficult as you think.
Rule #1: Be clean and crisp
It doesn’t matter what brand you wear or how much something costs. The truth is, if you take care of your clothes properly then you’re bound to look presentable. A $200 shirt can actually look worse than a $10 shirt if it’s not properly cleaned and pressed. What it comes down to is cleaning your clothes per that little label on the inside, hanging them on a hanger, and ironing them if need be. If you take care of your clothes, they’ll take care of you!
Rule #2: Find a color medium
It’s hard to take someone seriously when they look like a bag of skittles. The way you dress is a testament to who you are, so feel free to give it a little flare, but keep it professional. Throw in one or two articles of clothing that make your outfit pop – but that still allow you to be taken seriously.
Rule #3: Dress for the occasion
Most people have an outfit or two that makes them feel invincible. Be sure to have a sharp suit and well-kept shoes on reserve so that you’re ready to look presentable if you’re invited to an event or a meeting with a client. Never underdress. It’s significantly harder to overdress than underdress, so play it safe by pulling yourself together!
It’s not about your style or how much money you spend on clothes. It’s how you present yourself with what you have. At LNE Consulting we know being professional is the name of the game, and dressing appropriately is a large component of that.