When walking into a room, whether in your home or the office for a job interview, it’s important to make a positive first impression. How you dress can have a significant impact on that first impression.
Let’s take a look at a few workplace appearance etiquettes that may be helpful.
Dressing for Success
Wearing formal clothing that makes you feel good not only affects your mentality, it affects those around you too. The old saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have” will always be spot-on.
Studies have shown how dressing up or dressing down can affect how people perceive you and can influence your work day as well. Wearing clothing that is more formal and professional can boost your cognitive functions and alter first impressions.
First Impressions are Key
How do you want to be remembered? First impressions can determine how a relationship will form. A bad first impression can inhibit a positive relationship from growing; a positive first impression can lead to a lasting relationship.
So if you walk into the office wearing sweats and a baggy shirt, the impression you could be giving off is lazy and sloppy. Whereas, if you walk in with freshly pressed dress pants and a suitably fitted blouse, those around you will see you mean business.
Dressing for Different Workplaces
Dress attire may vary for each workplace. Do your research and find out what the company’s dress code policy is beforehand. While some businesses are more casual, others may adhere to a strictly formal dress code. For example, in the restaurant industry appearances matter for both front and back of house staff. Some kitchens are out in the open for the customer to see, so a clean, well-fitted uniform is critical to give off the professional vibe. Chef Works has a wide range of chef coats for men and women to help you look great while creating delicious masterpieces.
Going Overboard Can Backfire
You’ve planned out your perfect outfit for the first day of work, everything is neatly ironed, accessories are ready to go and you can feel the confidence level rising. Before heading out the door, take one last look in the mirror and ask, “Am I trying too hard?”
Although you want to stand out, you don’t want to overshadow those around you. Dressing within the company’s culture shows that you are a part of the team and you are representing the company.
Over-accessorizing can be distracting to those trying to talk to you. It can also be dangerous depending on the type of work you do.
Dressing for the job shouldn’t be stressful. Let yourself have some fun! Follow the guidelines and policies of your specific workplace. Add a bit of your personality into the mix. Now go out there and put your best foot forward!