Why is it that our mood is so often determined by the way we feel about ourselves. If someone is feeling a bit low or lacks self-confidence, this is often reflected in what they wear. On the other hand, if someone has a positive attitude and is confident, this will show in what they are wearing.
Rightly or wrongly, perception is everything in today’s highly visual world. I always advise my clients (particularly if they are working in the corporate world), that they should learn to use their personal image as a way to control and propel their career success.
For me it is all about having a sense of self-confidence. If someone is feeling very positive and confident, they are far more likely to promote themselves, to take chances, to push themselves outside their comfort zone, which can only lead to success! Dressing effectively is a powerful tool for maximising confidence.
I see it regularly with clients – after a style transformation, they seem to evolve with a new sense of confidence. What often holds them back from making a change is fear – not knowing where to start, not knowing how to start. What if others don’t like it? If they don’t know what they are doing, and they don’t know what will work best for them, then they get stuck and stay stagnant. In my experience working with clients, it seems that people are afraid to wear clothes that fit properly. I know that may sound strange, but I can’t tell you how many clients I have worked with – male and female, who simply don’t know what a well-fitting suit looks and feels like. I’ve worked with clients who wear larger sizes because they think that the extra size is hiding or covering up a few extra pounds. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth! The extra size actually adds the illusion of extra weight and doesn’t hide anything at all. On the other hand, wearing clothes that are too small or tight, is equally unflattering!
Dress is often a barometer for feelings. When someone is dressed impeccably in something that looks great and they get lots of compliments, they feel fantastic. They feel as if they can conquer the world. It’s amazing how wearing the right outfit can quickly transform one’s emotions from feeling insecure and unsure to feeling powerful and confident. Appearance or dress is one of the easiest things to control – as I always say to my clients ‘small changes for big impact’ not only about how they look, but as importantly, how they feel!
Dress impacts the way that others perceive us and our capabilities. All things being equal, the person who is better dressed will get the job or land the promotion or the new piece of business. When it comes to the job search, you can’t change the past. You cannot change your education or where you have worked. However, you can manage how others view you, based on how you look and how you sound. Therefore, dress can be a game changer. People should think strategically about their image, the value of it, its impact and how best to make it work for them.
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