The Fashion of Business Attire

Our social conditioning always makes us notice and give the first attention to the best dressed person in the room. So if you feel “People should respect me because I know what I’m talking about, not because I’m wearing expensive socks” … you need to do a rethink. Unless your reputation precedes you, its going to be always clothes maketh the man or the woman. This is nothing new. The concept has its origin from the Greek civilization and came in vogue in England as early as the 16th century .

This is a power game where being in control of the situation is just as important as the knowledge. Yes its absolutely undebatable, what you know is most important in the business of Business. But who chooses to listen depends a lot on what you wear. Your clients’ attention would depend completely on what your attire choices are. The dress you wear influences what people hear you say.

Perception is Branding. So if you want to create an impression, your style is an absolute necessity. Yes comfort is imperative but the impressions of your clients and colleagues, seeing the way you dress, is even more important.

Dressing is beyond just buttons, zips and colour! So much of fashion is wrapped up in the confidence of the wearer. Being well-dressed is a discipline and a talent. It’s a lifelong learning curve – and it can’t be done without an injection of fashion. It says who you are and what you want to project while staying true to your essence.

The Dress

It’s important to be comfortable and feel like yourself all while dressing for the job in question. Nothing you wear to a meeting or to work should be too loud or over-the-top. But, should definitely show some personality. If your clothes are too big or too tight, they are not going to look good. Ensuring a proper fit applies to everything you are wearing.
 
You can either opt for shirt dress, A-Line dress or a suit comprising of blouses and blazer with knee length skirts. But choose styles that feel a little more like you; a slightly oversize silk blouse in a rich jewel color and a double-breasted blazer. Everything works if you feel good in it. For the most part, you can keep the palette that goes with your skin tone or go for color on the blouse. This idea is that if you go for colour, then it should stand out. On the whole, you should just feel sleek and totally pulled together.

Hair, Makeup and Everything else

As far as hairstyles go, it’s ideal to put your hair into an updo, a ponytail, or to clip it back. When people are nervous, as most of us are in a meeting or when the situations are challenging, they tend to play with or adjust their hair. By keeping your hair out of your face, you won’t have this problem and will maintain a composed appearance!

Clean and polished is key here. One should focus on skin care with a little bit of concealer (if needed), a subtle swirl of cream blush for a healthy complexion, an eyelash-warming swipe of bronze/black eyeliner, and a natural-looking mascara. A neutral lip color is always a good idea. A tinted lip balm is a great way to give your lips sheer color while also keeping them hydrated. Body odour that tells on you is an absolute no no. Looking fresh and smelling fresh gives you more confidence that you will appreciate on the longer run.

The Shoes

A mid heel, closed-toe pump is a safe choice. Heels also makes you stand up straighter and makes you feel great about yourself, but pick something that you feel comfortable in and can actually walk in!

Scuffed toes and worn-down heels are no-no’s so be sure to frequently  get them cleaned. In an era of fast fashion and disposable footwear, there are plenty of options with heels designed specifically to suit your style.

While planning your attire, the most expensive route is not always the most effective one. Sometime simplicity is the key. Remember the clothes you wear will determine the way you are judged. So, dress carefully and cleverly.

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