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What To Avoid When Dressing For Success

Nov 9, 2007
Dressing for success is an excellent way to improve your chances of advancing your career and getting others to take you more seriously. By presenting a professional image, you give the impression that you are a professional person. In order to further that image, you will need to learn how to avoid the most common errors that people make when trying to dress for success.

One mistake that people often make is thinking that dressing for success involves buying very expensive clothing and accessories. There are many lower cost alternatives available rather than purchasing the latest designer lines. The important thing to remember is to look for the quality in the items that you purchase. Often you will find good quality options in department stores if you look around.

Another mistake that is frequently made is to wear clothing that is too trendy or hip. Fashion magazines are a wonderful place to look for more information but you need to be wary of purchasing everything you see in them. For one thing, you need to keep in mind that magazine layouts are made up months in advance so the timing of the latest trends could be off. Another thing to keep in mind is that many times magazines are given incentives to include clothing lines.

Browsing the fashion magazines can give you some very good tips on dressing for success if you use them correctly. Articles on how to choose clothing best for your body type or how to buy separates that coordinate into several different looks could be very useful for you. Just remember your goal of looking professional when you read the magazines to help you make the right choices.

The last common mistake people make is to copy other people's styles and tastes. It is a good idea to look at the styles of other successful people in your company. It is a very bad idea to copy their styles and tastes exactly. You shouldn't rush out and purchase the exact outfits of your co-workers, even if you think it would look perfect on you.

There are a couple reasons why copying your co-workers is a terrible idea. The first is that you don't want to be a carbon copy of the other person. Instead of impressing the boss with your individual style and professionalism, this will just make you look like you can't develop a style of your own. The other reason this is a bad idea, especially for women, is that it can cause needless friction when you appear with the exact same outfit on at a company event.

As you can see, there are some pitfalls to avoid when trying to dress for success but you can improve your appearance by following these guidelines. Shop around and be selective with your choices so you can stay within your budget. Don't be too quick to jump on the latest trend that may look great on the model but be impractical for the office. Use fashion magazines and observations of your coworkers as a starting point for developing your own unique style.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his beautiful wife and family in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about fashion, style as well as shoe fashion at http://www.shoefashionmagazine.com
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