The Secrets of Professional Style are In your Wardrobe Details
I recently walked into a local business, and I was immediately impressed by the receptionist’s presentation. And not in a good way. Everything about her practically screamed, I don’t care about doing a good job.
Her hair was so messy, she looked like she had literally just rolled out of bed. Her clothes were ill-fitting, and she didn’t have a stitch of makeup on. And surprise! Her attitude matched her look. Don’t think for a second that this was unintentional. It was clear that this woman, for whatever reason, did not wish to succeed at her job. She was showing this, not only in her actions and in her voice, but in her personal presentation.
How to Accessorize and Look Stunning
If you are reading this blog, you understand the power of style. Now I’d like you to try something. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself in a position of power leading a boardroom presentation, for example, or giving a speech.
What do you see when you envision yourself this way? How does it compare to the way you see yourself right now. For most people, when you picture yourself living the life you were born for and fearlessly doing the things you dream of, you also envision a certain sense of style and dress. It can be hard to put your finger on exactly what is different between how you are presenting yourself to the world today, and how you would like to present yourself to the world, but I can give you a hint: it’s all about the details.
Here’s a quote from my upcoming book, The Power Is In The Pearl: “We form an opinion of someone within seven seconds of meeting her. We immediately judge her based on our evaluation of whether she has bad or great hair, beautiful eyes, dirty clothes, or a horrible handshake. Fifty-five percent of our first impression is based on her appearance alone.”
Presentation is not only about wearing the right clothes; it’s also about grooming and etiquette. For instance, you could meet somebody who looks very sharp and put together, but she might have bad breath or say something inappropriate. Your entire presentation is head to toe, inside and out.
Tips to help create that completely polished, put-together and POWERFUL professional image:
Do you still sport the same haircut you had in the 90s? (be honest!) Talk to your hairstylist about a modern shape that will accentuate your features.
Yes, let’s go there. Especially as we mature, unwanted hairs will pop up in new and surprising places. People will notice these details so make sure you notice them, too.
If you love perfume, know this: less is more. If you wear perfume and get compliments on how great you smell, it’s probably an appropriate amount. Otherwise, you may be laying it on too thick!
Getting a mani-pedi can be a fun, pampering experience but don’t be scared to groom your own nails if you prefer. We use our hands much more than we are aware, so make sure you are sending professional signals with every gesture.
I highly recommend accessorizing, because it gives you a more put-together look. Remember, less is more! The maximum should be one ring per hand, one necklace and one bracelet.
The purpose of makeup is to enhance your natural beauty. It should not feel heavy or overdone or even noticeable in most cases. If you are not sure how to use makeup to your benefit, then work with a consultant to find a look that feels and looks fantastic.
Putting together your professional style should be a fun and empowering experience. Don’t be daunted by the possibilities! An experienced stylist can help you uncover the powerful, fabulous person you were meant to be, just by making adjustments to the details.