Dress for Success

One of the top consensus among professionals today is that you should "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." Portraying yourself in a professional demeanor while interviewing or at work is crucial for career advancement. Forbes has many online tips to help those who want to use their attire to shape their personal and professional growth. Being seen as a competent professional is key to a good job and promising future.

The most important tip for dressing for a new job or an interview in which you need to make a good impression is: it is better to be overdressed than under-dressed. When in doubt, wear standard conservative attire to promote an image of professionalism. Once you get a feel for the office, you can fit your wardrobe to the standard office attire- the first couple of days, however, it is better to be careful in order to cultivate the image you want to present. Many employers measure a new hire by the first week of employment, which means that not only do you have to work hard, but you have to strive to look good. If you show an image of professionalism and readiness to succeed in your job, more opportunities will be available to you.

Some of the most crucial business attire for men is: a button-down shirt; polished black shoes; a blue, black or gray jacket; slacks that complement the jacket; a conservative tie; and matching socks. Always opt for professional but conservative- making people notice what you are wearing is only good if the attention is not drawn through gaudiness or bright colors. Muted tones show more maturity. 

For women, business clothes can be more versatile: a skirt that hits just above the knee, slacks and pantsuits; simple jewelry; just a hint of makeup. Skip the perfume, especially during a job interview or the first few days at a new job; polished flats or moderate heels; sweaters; possibly pantyhose. As with men, avoid anything flashy, and go easy on the perfume. 

A big mistake that undergraduate students make when starting their first job is wearing clothes to work that are also clothes used to go out at night. Employers can tell the difference between work and party clothes, and they will not be impressed. You may look good in clothes you wear going out, but it is not professional, and portrays the idea that you are only waiting to go out later. Dress like you want to be at work at all times, and show that you are a professional member of the team. Business attire can drastically influence how your new employer views you.