Professional Fashion Tips with Guest Voice Cecilia Mathewson

 

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First impressions are lasting impressions.  Create an image to enhance your credibility and professional position. 

 

When preparing for an interview, learn what is acceptable.  If you envision yourself at a specific level within a company – do your research and dress the way people at that level do. 

 

How you appear is how you sell yourself.  This includes good posture, direct eye contact, a firm handshake and a warm smile.  How you feel about your appearance is a vital element of self-confidence.  Invest in high-quality, classic designs that offer flexibility, durability, comfort and a flattering fit. 

 

Here are some recommended wardrobe and grooming guidelines:

 

  • Select a classic, updated suit in a dark color.  Quality speaks.  For women, a skirted suit is best.
  • Proportion and fit are vital to being well-dressed and not merely dressy.
  • Choose understated, yet distinct accessories.  A tie or pin should reveal a touch of originality.
  • Men’s shirts should be clean and crisp.  Professional pressing is best.
  • Shoes should be polished and comfortable.  Women should select a classic pump of medium height with a closed toe and heel.
  • Men’s socks should be long enough to ensure leg coverage while seated.  A woman’s undergarments, such as slips, should be color-coordinated with her suit.
  • Keep jewelry and fragrances to a minimum – nothing dangling or distracting.
  • Hair should be natural and well-groomed.  Men with beards should keep them trimmed.
  • Nails should be well-manicured and of appropriate length.

 

Cecilia Mathewson is a chief designer for the 2012 Fall Catalogue for Nordstrom and a former model from Tokyo, Japan. She has been a fashion consultant  for nearly twenty years.

 

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