“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” This statement gets thrown around all the time, but does anyone actually execute this advice?
Usually, this statement conjures up an image of someone in a three-piece suit or a pencil skirt with a sharp blazer. But, what if your boss literally shows up to work wearing jeans and a t-shirt every day? Then how are you supposed to dress for the job you want?
It can be tricky waters to navigate, but dressing for the job you want is actually possible. And, it can actually help you move up in the world.
So, how do you do it? Read on to learn the top four tips to actually dress for the job you want:
Comfort is Key
Obviously, we are not suggesting you show up to work in yoga pants and a workout top (unless, of course, you work in a yoga studio). But, in order to dress for the job you want, it is extremely important to be comfortable.
Many people make the mistake of going a little overboard when dressing for the job they want, but choosing an outfit that looks good and feels extremely uncomfortable is a recipe for disaster.
If you are constantly tugging at your pants, trying not to scratch yourself or tripping over your own heels, you will suddenly look a lot less professional than you hoped.
Wear an Eye-Catching Accessory
One of the ultimate ways to stand out in a professional way is to add an eye-catching accessory to your outfit.
The right accessory can help others take notice of you without feeling completely overwhelmed visually.
What is great is that the fashion accessories you have to choose from are completely endless. You can add a nice watch (such as these Hamilton watches), an accented belt, a patterned scarf, a jacket with big buttons, or a unique piece of statement jewelry.
When adding an accessory to your outfit, it’s important to only add one. Adding more than one eye-catching accessory can sort of scream “desperation” to your higher-ups.
Invest in Quality
While you definitely should not go beyond your spending limits in order to dress for the job you want, you should make sure you invest in quality clothing.
Wearing quality clothing is not about showing your workplace how much money you have. Instead, it is about showing your workplace that you take yourself seriously and take pride in the way you look. People will equate this to you also taking pride in your work.
The great thing about quality clothing is that it will last longer than lower-quality clothing. So, even though you are spending a little more upfront, in the long run, you will be saving money.
It is also important that you are not strutting your stuff too much with your quality clothing, as no one wants to help the rich person get ahead.
Assess the Landscape
It would be a little weird to show up in a three-piece suit if you work at a brewery. So, before going all out with your new wardrobe, make sure you assess the landscape.
If you are new to the company, spend a few weeks scoping out the spectrum of formality.
Chances are there are some people on the low-end, always showing up in wrinkled clothes, and those over-achievers who go all out each day. You want to find a sweet spot somewhere in the middle so you can stand out without looking desperate.
Follow these tips, and that promotion is just around the corner for you!