A lawyer is known for his wig, a doctor for his white coat and an engineer for his coverall. Do these outfits in any way influence these professionals at work? Let’s find out in this article.
The ‘dress the way you want to be addressed’ phrase is not far fetched from a simple logic that your outfit also influences your approach to work, and your charisma at your work place. In this reverse ideology of inside-out (how you feel influences your look), how you look also influences how you feel and act – so dress the way you feel or want to feel.
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In a corporate work environment, smart-dressing promotes a tidy work ethic and exudes excellence and professionalism. While some people would like to argue that it doesn’t matter what you wear to work, experience has proven otherwise.
According to Alexander, who works at an insurance call centre, he wore a grey suit on his first day at work. His girlfriend complimented him saying ‘you look as smart as a candidate on The Apprentice!’ This statement gave him enough confidence to last him the whole day at work but in reality, it wasn’t about the statement, it was more about the effect of the outfit on him, which she only pointed out. Dressing smart is everything in a work environment that expects so much from you.
Ever wondered why corporate workers dress very formal at the beginning of the week and then tone it down as the week goes by? Simple! Mondays are usually tense, serious, work full and you need all the zeal and professionalism to knock out the first work day successfully, so you dress on point.
On the other hand, Fridays are less tensed with less work , therefore you need to dress down to fit into the weekend mood and after work outing. In a previous article, How to Master the Art of Looking Good, we talked about different ways to ease off your looks at work, fully aware that each day’s outfit has a way of impacting on your mood, productivity and work spirit.
Let’s hear your thoughts. Would you rather have your hard work speak for you, or your dress sense or both?