you wear can sometimes make or break your success! Want a raise? We have some
tips on dressing for the occasion!
It Up A Notch
matter how many articles, chapters or web pages we do about dressing for work,
it's something that we still get a lot of questions about. It's an important
have written about what to wear to work before. But in this article we'd like
to concentrate on what to wear when you want a promotion or a raise. It's means
taking the advice that we give on dressing for work and kicking it up a notch.
first thing we want you to do is write the following sentence in big bold
letters and put it in your closet. "You will be what you wear." Yes, the syntax
is a little garbled but the sentiment is clear. If you want to know whether
you'll get a promotion or a raise, don't read your horoscope, tarot cards or
the lumps on your head. Just go to the mirror. How you dress for it is the best
words of wisdom should apply whether your place of employment is a film studio
or McDonald's. Whether you wear suits or sweats, silk or polyester. Whether
you're at the reception desk or assembly line. If you want to climb up the
ladder, dress as if you're already standing on the top rung.
you don't know what that means, just look at your immediate boss. Male or
female. You don't have to become "Mini Me." Just observant. Are they button
down or casual? What brands do they like to wear? Is it Ivy League or Urban
good salesmen know that it's easier to make the sale if they mirror the client
in subtle ways -- everything from mannerisms to speech patterns. You can use
that trick in how you dress. The key word is subtle. If you dress like the big
guys/gals in your workplace, they'll unconsciously see you as one of them.
I say male or female, I mean it. Men are just as susceptible to subtle dressing
cues as women are. You don't always have to knock men over with a plunging
neckline to get their attention. And it's better if you don't.
an unscientific poll but most women I've talked to feel that men are more
motivated by a woman's appearance than women. When it comes to image, men will
rate the woman who looks together higher than the woman who doesn't. In this
instance, "together" doesn't mean stereotypical good looks. Together means just
that -- sharp and coordinated.
me, the reverse is true. If you dress like an "underling," that's just how
they'll see you and where you'll stay. How does an "underling" dress? That's
easy just put the word "too" in just about any description of clothing. Skirts
too short. Pants too tight. Heels too high. Shoes too worn. Style too
"yesterday" or even worse too non-descript. There's also the matter of your
hair. I'm begging you, it should never be too "anything" -- too short, too
long, too bright, too dull, too tousled, too teased etc. Oh, yes, and please
burn any item of clothing that would fall into the category of "Hoochie Mama."
if you have to wear a fast food uniform, there are ways to look more like
manager material. Make sure that your accessories are at a minimum and that
whatever you wear is sharp, clean, pressed and in good repair.
bonus to dressing well so you can "move up" at work is that it not only makes
you look like management, you feel like management. For decades athletes have
used "visualization" to achieve their goals. The more you see that you look
like you're in charge, you'll actually feel it. When you feel it, the closer
you'll be to achieving your goal.
far as what to wear, we can't cover it all in this short article -- in fact we
devoted a whole chapter to it in our book, Dress Me Now. But at the risk of
repeating ourselves ad nauseum, allow us to mention the one item of clothing
that we live and die by -- blazers and their partners in crime, big shirts and
duster length jackets. We don't think there's an article that we've written
that hasn't sung the praises of these body hiding, managerial looking, and
upscale making pieces of clothing.
can find them in all budgets, in every clothing store, in every shape and size.
Throw one of these puppies over just about anything and you immediately look in
It All Together
so now that you know the type of clothing you would like to wear. How do you
put it all together?
West believed that if you want to know how to be a lady then watch how other
ladies do it. Once you let your boss be your guide, look at magazines,
catalogues and anything that show women in the kind of outfits that you want to
put together. Cut the pictures out and take them with you when you go shopping.
last thing. No matter the workplace, the best accessory is a smile. A smile can
detract from any so-called "body flaws." And it's like a magnet. It draws your
boss' eye and everyone else's to who you are and what you have to offer.
you're dressing for that promotion or raise, the phrase is "Fake it till you
make it." You'll walk taller, stand straighter and feel great about yourself.
And, after all, if you only get that far, you're still ahead of the game.