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.