The Performance Pro

Tuesday, September 08, 2015


With the coming of fall, sooner or later you will be headed for some clothing updates.  As with this past summer,  color is everywhere. And so are the designs that are so chaotic they could make you dizzy. For making workplace attire choices, the formula is actually pretty easy.  Remember, if you want to be a rock star, dress like a rock star.  If you want to be seen as a leader, dress like a leader. If you want to be seen as a business professional, dress like a business professional.   People aren't mind readers. Within second of seeing you, they will make a judgment as to your socio-economic status, education and desirability.  An added kicker: They never forget their first impression of you. Make it a good one. A few tips:

  1. Know what colors look good on you and stick to them.
  2. Neck scarves are in.  Gals, a new scarf can transform and update those clothes you already have. Guys, for outdoor wear, throw on a nice wool neck scarf. 
  3. Keep the crazy designs at a minimum. Their CPW (cost per wear) is high.  You want classic looks that will frame your face and accentuate you,  not overpower you.  Don't get caught drowning in gaudy designs of fashion-trend mania. Just because it's there, doesn't mean it's the best choice for you.
  4. Guys, baggy is out, trim is in.  A classic blazer and crisp white shirt screams cool,  confident.....and don't forget to polish those shoes.
  5. When trying on clothes, look in the mirror. Ask the question:  What message does this send about you?
  6. Don't rationalize.  Remember: Clerks are there to sell.
  7. Go for the silent wow.

You are the billboard for the person you want to be.  


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