Dress to Impress because as they say, your first impression, is your last impression. How you dress reflects on how you are and believe it or not your dressing sense has a great impact on how people perceive you. So, the following are useful tips to make a good first impression on to important occasion
- Dressing for an Interview
1 Research the company’s “dress code.” Finding out what employees in the company wear before your job interview will show that you researched the job. It will also make you appear as if you’ll fit into the work environment.You can check with the human resources department. They can let you know if there is a dress code and if there isn’t ask them what people typically wear to work.One of the best things you can do is meet an employee from the company. Not only can you get a sense of the work environment and not just what people wear. It will give you an edge when you’re at the interview.
2 Wear something conservative. You want to show that you take the job interview seriously. Even if the workplace tends towards jeans and t-shirts, you still want to dress up. You don’t have to wear a suit, but should go for something conservative. For example: if you’re interviewing for an office job you should probably dress up in a pant suit or dress suit.If you’re interviewing for something a little more unusual, wear something a little nicer than you normally would. For example: if you’re a woman interviewing for a job at a coffee shop, wear a skirt and a nice top (like a sweater); if you’re a guy you might wear a pair of nice slacks and a sweater or button down shirt.
3 Wear something that makes you feel confident. It’s important that you boost your confidence when you’re going to an interview because this will make you come across better in the interview. Of course make sure that you strike a balance between something that makes you feel confident and what looks professional.Check that you don’t have to adjust your clothing (like tugging at your skirt, etc.) and that your clothes don’t ride up inappropriately when you sit down.You should definitely have worn this outfit before, if only to get comfortable in it. Wearing it for the first time when you go to get interviewed will mean that you’ll feel and look ill at ease.
4 Make sure that your shoes match the outfit. While your interviewer might not notice if your shoes work with the outfit, they will definitely notice if the shoes look out of place or scruffy. Make sure that your shoes are cleaned and shined and match what you’re wearing.Shoes that are scuffed or scruffy-looking, or dirty are a definite don’t. You also want to make sure that your shoes aren’t massively uncomfortable, because that will translate into discomfort during the interview.For women, some good ideas for interview shoes are power flats (something clean and professional looking; nothing sparkly or out there), or low, comfortable heels. You don’t want heels that make you tower over everyone or that you might wear for a night out clubbing. It makes you look irresponsible.For men, you should go for a pair of loafers or dress shoes as your interview shoes. Make sure, of course, that they aren’t scruffy looking and that they are clean and match what you’re wearing (no brown with black, for example).
5 Make sure you’re neatly groomed. When you look like you’ve just tumbled out of bed, or haven’t washed in over a week, you’re signalling to the interviewer that you’re careless (even if you aren’t).Grooming shows that you care about your professional appearance, which tells the interviewer that you are going to care how you appear as a member of their organization.Make sure that your hair and make-up is appropriate for company. It’s best for an interview to keep it subtle. Don’t slather on a ton of make-up (the “natural” look is best, unless it’s for an interview at a department or make-up store). Make sure your hair looks clean and tamed, as much as possible.
- Dressing For a Date
1 Dress for the occasion. There’s no “one first date outfit fits all” unfortunately. You’ll need to consider what you’re doing for the first date. What you might wear for dinner at a fancy restaurant is going to be quite different from what you might wear for a hike and picnic. For men, if it’s a more casual date (going for coffee, or something) you might wear clean jeans that are in good repair (no holes) and a nice button-down or sweater. For a more formal occasion, you might wear dress slacks in black or charcoal and a dress shirt. You could also add a tie or vest.For women, good casual date apparel would be your nicest pair of jeans and a nice shirt, or a skirt and nice sweater. For a more formal date you might wear a nice black dress, with nice shoes, and some jewellery. It’s good to check the more formal place to see what their dress code is so that you don’t over or under dress.
2 Wear something you feel comfortable in. No, this doesn’t mean, wear your rattiest t-shirt and sweatpants. You are trying to impress your date. What it means is that you wear things that you feel comfortable in, because if you don’t your un comfortableness will translate to your date.Avoid wearing something you’ve never worn before, especially if it’s a new trend you’re trying. You might end up fixing your dress the entire night, or really wishing you hadn’t worn those new shoes.It’s a good idea to wear something that you’d normally wear (even if it is a little dressier than usual) so your date doesn’t expect you to keep wearing something that isn’t you if you date for a while.
3 Flatter your best features. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s very important. You want to make sure that your date sees the best parts of you. Your clothes should hide and enhance. If you need to, get help from a friend. Your best features could be your eyes, in which case you would want to wear something to bring them out. For example: if you have beautiful green eyes, wear a sweater in the same shade to make them more obvious.It’s a good idea to stick to one thing, rather than trying to show off all your assets. For example: you might wear a skirt that shows off your lovely legs while wearing a sweater on top to cover up your chest.
4 Avoid some outfit blunders. There are some things you just shouldn’t do when you’re trying to impress someone in a date. Avoiding these things will go a long ways towards impressing your date.Khakis are a big no. They’re perfectly fine for day-to-day use, but they simply don’t appear dressy enough for impressing your date. Flipflops are too casual for a date and they won’t impress. Sandals are fine if it’s hot, or if you’re having a date at the beach, but ditch the flipflops. Overloading on scent is not going to win you any favors, whether it’s perfume, cologne, or body spray. A couple spritzes are really all you need. You’re not trying to overwhelm your date with scent.
so these are my tips on how you can look your best for two most important occasions. so don’t take any stress and be well dressed.