First impressions are valuable because you only get one. It is said that it takes less than 30 seconds to form an initial first impression when meeting a new person and this is extremely important especially in a professional setting.
How you present yourself in the way you dress is one of the most impactful ways you can create a powerful impression as a professional or an entrepreneur. In fact, research has stated that dressing sloppily and unpolished can immediately decrease your credibility. Although this may seem austere, it is far from being untrue. Thus, it is always a good choice to dress your best during meetings and important events.
With a handful of simple tweaks, you can dramatically improve your wardrobe and ultimately make the best possible first impression. Here are four effective wardrobe hacks that you can follow:
1. Tailor your favourite pieces
This might be a no-brainer but clothes that fit you perfectly will improve your posture and your confidence. Consider getting your favourite pieces tailored to fit your body perfectly and see the subtle difference this makes. An expensive, exquisitely designed suit won’t look as sharp if it’s baggy and loose on your frame. This can also be true for affordable clothing choices; a cheap suit will look three times more expensive if it fits your body perfectly!
2. Know how to take care of your clothes
This includes knowing which fabric to dry clean and which to hand-wash. When cleaning expensive suits and dresses, it is important to read through their cleaning instructions to avoid any mishaps and damages on the clothing. Certain types of polyester, cotton, linen, cashmere, acrylic, and nylon clothes are dry clean only. If you have clothes or bags that are made with leather, properly care for that leather to ensure it stays looking like new.
3. Accessorize smartly and appropriately
A plain, dull outfit can be easily elevated with the right accessories, though this also means that you can overdo your attire with too many accessories and embellishments. Know when and when not to wear accessories and you will notice how much of a difference this will make in elevating your outfit. You should also consider adding a personal accessory that can heighten your individuality. This could be a brighter necktie, a pin, a dainty necklace, or perhaps a flowery brooch. If done right, you’ll stand out without coming off as brash and over-the-top.
4. Figure out what works the best for you
At the end of the day, wearing items that spark joy and confidence within you is always the better choice. One piece of advice will not be guaranteed to work for everyone and you should consider experimenting on your own to see which clothes fit you the best. A part of ‘dressing your best’ is feeling confident in what you wear and if following tips from other people don’t feel right with you, it is completely fine to venture out into other options.
Ultimately, we need to keep in mind that dressing your best is also one aspect that you need to consider if you want to make a good first impression. You’ll also need to think carefully about the language you use, your body language, and even your personal mannerisms. But following the tips above will make sure that your investment into your clothing will help you make the best impression from a distance.