Dress for Success

Dress like the job you want to land

Appearance Does Matter

Do not be mistaken, your appearance matters. It matters tremendously!  There are at least four good reasons to dress your absolute best with attention to detail when preparing for your interview. You should also use this in your everyday work attire; unless you don't ever want to progress within the company

Weeding Out

This is the first initial weeding out process. When there are a large pool of applicants, hiring managers are looking for any reason to not select you for the next stage of the process. There is no room for error in appearance. Come dress to impress!

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First Impression

 Decision-making is  influenced by visual stimulus and the first look an interviewer takes at you determines a lot about what they think of you. What imprint do you want to leave once you walk out the room?

Proving your Value

Dressing well can demonstrate basic competence and your attention to detail. Dot your I's and cross your T's. Don't be "just good enough."

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Confidence

Studies have shown that dressing well increases confidence and performance. The way you feel about yourself is often shown in your appearance. So dress like you're confident in your abilities 

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Preparing to Succeed

You'll never get a second chance to make a first impression. 

Dress like you mean it! Who do you want to be? Dress like it!

Workplace Attire:

Casual

  • A tailored one-, two-, or three-button suit in a solid, neutral color like black, gray, or navy.

  • Ties and other accessories should be both modest in color and style – solid, brighter colors (a red tie, for example), or patterned muted neutrals (a navy plaid tie) – as well as high-end in quality. No novelty ties, such as sports team patterns.

  • White, collared button-up shirts.

  • Shoes should be closed-toe oxfords in brown or black, not loafers.

  • Nicely fitted tops and blouses, although shirts should never be tight or revealing.

  • Slacks or skirts in more casual fabrics, such as cotton. If denim is permitted, dark-wash only.

  • Skirts should remain at knee-length.

  • Open-toed shoes are permitted. Avoid casual shoes such as sneakers or flip-flops.

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Women

Business Casual

  • Can wear colored, collared button-ups in any color. Conservative patterns such as checks or stripes are acceptable too, worn with or without a tie.

  • Ties should still be conservative in pattern. Avoid novelty ties, and choose patterns like dots, stripes, or checks. Most colors are acceptable.

  • Pullovers and sweaters worn over collared shirt. Choose solid, striped, or another conservatively patterned sweater. Primary and jewel-toned colors are best.

  • Dressy slacks, such as black dress pants or pressed khakis in the summer, worn with or without a sports jacket.

  • Shoes can be oxfords, loafers, or another comfortable yet dressy choice, in brown or black. Avoid sneakers.

  • Business separates, rather than a full suit – a skirt worn with a cardigan or jacket, for example.

  • Colored shirts and blouses, rather than mandatory collared button-downs. Choose solid colors, or muted patterns like stripes or checks, and avoid low-cut shirts or bright patterns.

  • Slacks and khakis.

  • Larger jewelry, such as a statement necklace or large cuff-style watch. Doesn’t necessarily need to be the highest quality – gemstones and other casual materials are fine. Scarves may also be appropriate.

  • Shoes may be comfortable flats and loafers, as well as pumps, but should remain closed-toe. Can be any color, although black, brown, red, navy, and gray are among the most appropriate.

Men

Women

Business Formal

  • A tailored one-, two-, or three-button suit in a solid, neutral color like black, gray, or navy.

  • Ties and other accessories should be both modest in color and style – solid, brighter colors (a red tie, for example), or patterned muted neutrals (a navy plaid tie) – as well as high-end in quality. No novelty ties, such as sports team patterns.

  • White, collared button-up shirts.

  • Shoes should be closed-toe oxfords in brown or black, not loafers.

  • A well-cut pantsuit or skirt suit in a conservative neutral color, such as black, navy, or brown.

  • White button-ups with a collar.

  • Closed-toe heels in a neutral color such as taupe, black, grey, or brown.

  • Conservative jewelry and accessories.

Men

Women

DO's and DONT's

Workplace Attire DONT'S

Too Short
Sloppy
Low Cut Blouse
Unprofessional

Activites

Email your answers to: info@empowered-u.org using worksheet below

Tips:

  1. If you have to question it, don't wear it

  2. Remember, less is more!

Do keep your hosiery colors to beige, tan or nude, ladies.
 

Do remembered to be well groomed at all times, and to keep up with hygiene.
 

Do make sure your colors coordinate with each other.
 

Do remember that its always better to overdress than underdress.
 

Do keep your glasses clean from spots or smudges, if you wear them.

Do not wear bold or crazy (neon) colors.
 

Do not wear revealing clothing.
 

Do not wear flip-flops or hats.
 

Do not wear too much

perfume, cologne, body spray, or aftershave.
 

Do not wear more than one set of earrings.

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