How important is dressing up for the occasion when it comes to attending an official meeting in an exceedingly corporate environment? Believe it or not, it’s very important! When you step outside of your home into a more corporate office environment, you need to look sharp and smart.
Dressing-up appropriately not only creates a good ‘first impression’ for your potential clients, but it also boosts your confidence since you feel great about yourself. As a result, you’ll be better equipped to handle tricky situations and negotiations.
WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME
Soloists, especially those who work from their home environments, assume that since they are working from the comfort of their own house, do not need to dress smartly when a client comes to meet them. Assuming that your client will understand that people do not usually wear crisp formal clothes while being at home is a bad idea. Of course you don’t need to wear a sleek business suit when somebody comes to meet you in your house, but you can’t look sloppy and untidy either. You need to maintain a good impression of yourself, irrespective of the fact that you are meeting your clients at your home.
MAINTAIN A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE
Dressing up nicely is really important, but along with that, you also need to make sure that you are comfortable in whatever you are wearing. The ultimate aim of dressing up is to portray a professional image of yourself, which is highly influenced by what you wear, how convincingly you carry it off, the way you talk, and the way you react to different situations. People get an idea of who you are, by judging these elements along with many other ingredients of your personality.
Your dressing sense shows how passionate you are about your work. This notion is especially true in corporate environment. Imagine that you walk into a bank and see an official is wearing sagged jeans with a torn T-shirt. What would be your reaction? How would you perceive his character? Will you trust him with your hard-earned cash? Probably not, since he comes across as a lazy, carefree person who is not really interested in what he is doing. The same applies to your working environment. You need to look sharp in order to represent yourself as a dedicated, attentive professional.
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT CLOTHES
The clothes best suited for your work environment largely depend on what kind of industry you are working in. However, these are some of the most basic points which you need to take care of-
- Pick clothes that fit you well. Avoid anything that’s too loose or too tight. Also, make sure the clothes you are buying are comfortable enough.
- Avoid too much show of skin. Leave those skimpy skirts and hot pants in the wardrobe, else you can end up creating a wrong picture of yourself.
- Pick the right colors and textures. Avoid shades of gold, silver, and all kinds of neon colors. Also, do not pick anything scruffy, patchy or transparent.
- So the next time you meet your client, make sure you are dressed to impress!