Adding Professional Polish To Your Look

March 5, 2018

When you run your own business, work in a professional role, or have any other sort of job which involves interacting with customers or clients, you have to work hard to give off the right image. The company itself will do a lot of this work and will be the first place people look when they are deciding how they feel about a product or service. But, along with this, you also have to consider your personal professionalism in all of this. To help you out, this post will be exploring some of the easiest areas to polish to give you a head start in the make over of your career.

The Outfit

To begin this process, you will have to start with the clothing you wear. Thankfully, in modern business, both men and women can get away with a variety of options when it comes to their outfits. Of course, along with this, you will probably want to tailor the clothing you wear to the meeting or event you are attending, bringing about the need for a range of options. A smart, smart casual, and casual set will usually do, though some people will want a fourth extra formal option for large events.

Choosing the pieces for the outfits you will be wearing will take some research. A simple skirt, blouse, and set of tights is not very inspired, and most people will be able to do a lot better than this. To help you out, websites like Instagram can be perfect when you are trying to get inspiration. It will be worth looking around at what models and working professionals are wearing, giving yourself a wide range of ideas.

From here, you will be ready to start buying your garments, and will need to do a little more research before you can start. You can spend whatever you like on an item of clothing, and high prices do not always mean better quality. Websites like ASOS are great for this sort of shopping. While you will have to avoid designer labels to save money, you will almost always get something which will last. When you are wearing something every day, you need to make sure that it will be able to survive what you are throwing at it.

The Accessories

Most people will not want to leave an outfit without the right accessories to match it. The options you choose for this will tie directly to your initial research, with things like scarves, belts, and shoes being critical to completing most looks. Choosing the items you want will take a little bit more research. It can be worth buying more than one of each option, giving yourself fresh choices for each meeting you have with a client or customer. You can find a list of the sort of accessories most people will choose of their business attire below:

  • Shoes: You will not be able to get very far out of the house in the morning without a good pair of shoes to carry you. These need to be comfortable and long lasting, while also looking the part. You can find great examples of business shoes in most stores and this is one of the easier options to choose.
  • Scarves: Being a great compliment to a blouse or cardigan, a scarf can be a great way to add some color to your outfit, along with a touch of modesty for dealing with older or stricter clients.
  • Jewelry: This element is great when added to most outfits. Of course, though, when it comes to a professional appearance, you will want these parts of your outfit to be subtle and complimenting. These are the sorts of items which do not have to be changed regularly, giving you the chance to choose items which mean a lot to you.
  • Bags: It will not look very professional to arrive without the right equipment to do your job. But, of course, you will need a good bag to carry this for you, and this can be hard to find. In most cases, a laptop-style bag is best for this, as it bridges the gap between a briefcase and something more casual, while leaving you with enough space.
  • Tools: The laptop, notebook, and other tools which you use in front of your colleagues and customers can also impact your professional impression. These items should be in good shape, while also being modern and stylish.

The Finishing Touches

Your appearance will not quite be complete without some finishing touches. Finding a haircut for over 50 year olds and adapting it to meet your professional needs can be a great place to start. With this, though, you will also need to learn how to look after your style, recreating it each day. Some people will like to apply makeup as another finishing touch, too. This option is not necessary, though it can be a great benefit when you are trying to hide a sleepless night from those around you.

A Demeanor To Match

Finally, as the last area to consider, the way that you act is possibly the biggest part of your professional persona. If you treat people disrespectfully or appear to have little care for your work, people will be drawn away from you, and it will be hard to maintain good working relationships. Talking in this sort of environment can be hard, though, and a lot of people will need to take some time to do some learning before they start out. To help you with this, it could be worth looking for some advice from someone with more experience. It will not take long to develop your own way with people, but you will have to work hard until you do.

Hopefully, with post will inspire you to start working harder on the way that you appear in a professional environment. Ensuring that you come across in the best possible light when dealing with other people in business is very important. Making the mistake of ignoring this area can be very damaging, especially when you are first starting out. Thankfully, though, people are becoming more and more relaxed in this field, making your life much easier.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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