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  • Do you dress to impress?

    17th July 2018 | Blog
  • Do you dress to impress ? 

    What do you take that question to mean? 

    Is it asking whether you dress smartly, colourfully or outrageously?  

    Dressing to impress is normally said in relation to a job interview or another situation where the spotlight might be on you. 

    Whatever you take it to mean, the answer is ‘Yes, you do dress to impress’, however unconsciously that may be. However you dress you will make an impression. 

    We all form an opinion of someone we meet for the first time within seconds. What you’re wearing and how well you’re wearing it form a significant part of that impression. 

    There is no definitive right or wrong in how you choose to dress or present yourself but when it comes to a business or job situation, you might want to think about the impression you’re likely to make. What will your clothes, style and overall appearance say about you? Is it the message you want to convey? 

     Years ago, I used to train social workers on how to appear in court. They would typically be giving evidence in care proceedings so would be representing the interests of the child/ren. It was therefore important that they had credibility. 

    For much of their working week, social workers could choose to dress casually. Many would argue that they shouldn’t need to dress differently because they were going to court. Their argument was that how they were dressed shouldn’t make any difference to the value of what they had to say. A valid argument, but, rightly or wrongly, how you dress does make a difference. 

    It’s not just what you wear but how you wear it that counts. However smart your outfit might potentially be, if it doesn’t fit well, isn’t clean or ironed, it could give a worse impression than wearing something that is. 

    What impression do you want to make and how can you reflect that in your style and grooming? For example, if you’re part of the young upbeat business it would be appropriate for you to wear something completely different than someone representing a more classical profession. 

    There are several elements to weigh up when thinking about the impression you want to make. At the heart of it should be you and your personal take on that impression, so that you don’t have to compromise your own personality or try to look like someone you’re not. 

    For example, if the occasion calls for a dress or a suit, find something in your own style. If dresses or suits are absolutely not your thing, what could you wear instead that would fit in with expectations for the event? For example, could you wear a jacket and trousers in colours and style to suit you? A tunic with trousers underneath? 

    What would you want people to say about how you dress and what small changes can you make to match that? 

    Whether you like it or not, you already do dress to impress. Make that impression consciously. 

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