There are different ways to achieve success. Some of them require drastic changes in your behavior, while others are more subtle in the way they condition you to perform better after failing initially. They all have a point, but let’s not forget about one important fact: you will not succeed if you don’t believe in yourself.
To show everyone else that you know you can succeed, change the way you dress and carry yourself. Here’s how:
Dress to Impress
It’s been said time and time again that you should dress to assert yourself, but not everyone knows what it means. When you’re dressing to impress, you’re choosing clothes that will carry you forward without limiting your potential. These clothes look impeccable, which means no wrinkles or unflattering silhouettes. Get rid of those ratty shoes you love. And especially if you’re in the beauty industry, perhaps while you’re undergoing eyelash business training, you have to look the part and wear fashionable but classic pieces. You are an entrepreneur, so let your clothes show that you are not afraid to go after what you want.
Flaunt Your Strengths
It’s not just about assets; your clothes should also define your strengths. A hardworking person can speak volumes even without uttering a single word if they wear the right clothes. If you’re an athlete, for example, the kind of shoes you wear will show people how professional you are. Your actions are secondary to your clothes, as clothes can be seen without you moving an inch. If people see you wearing clothes that don’t align with how professional you say you are, they will have a hard time believing anything you say.
Versatility is another important consideration when you’re dressing up, especially if you have a full day ahead. You want to look good for appointments, but this should not be done at the expense of your punctuality. You can choose to wake up earlier than usual just to get the right look if it’s one interview. However, this will not be sustainable if you have to lose sleep every day just to look professional. It’s more efficient to learn to prepare your outfits in advance or to trim your wardrobe to just the essentials, with each piece versatile enough to be worn with anything else in your closet. This way, you’re not wasting precious time rummaging through drawers just to get the perfect outfit.
There are certain industries that care about your clothes more than others. If you’re aiming to be a fashion editor, for instance, be prepared for questions about your leather jacket. If it’s real leather, it might make heads turn but not in a good way. On the other hand, if you wear products from brands that are known to be against animal cruelty, you will be presenting a very different image of yourself. Being deliberate in the brands you support is important when you’re making a statement.
You’re not limited to one way of dressing up, but it pays to be aware of how your choice of clothing speaks on your behalf.