Dressing professionally does not have to be boring, but there are guidelines everyone should follow. If you want others to respect you, you have to first respect yourself. This begins with your image. It does not matter how smart or capable you are, no one is going to take you seriously if you always show up looking sloppy! Polished, Sleek, and Chic…this is what you should aim for every morning. People will notice that you not only take pride in your appearance, but also in the work you do, and where you are going in life. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have!
Go for fitted (not tight) pieces in structured materials. If you are in between sizes, buy up and have item tailored. Tailors can be your best friend and are usually inexpensive!
You can soften your look with the material of your blouse. Silky tops with bow tie necks or collars are feminine yet still professional and conservative.
Blouses should be tucked in and all clothing should be pressed.
Skirts and dresses should hit at or below the knee.
Cleavage and bra straps should NEVER be visible. Every girl should have a good bra that fits properly!
Stick to a neutral color palette: black, blue, charcoal, burgundy and white/cream.
Your blazer does not have to be the same color as your bottoms.
Shoes should be closed toe, low, and above all, easy to walk in. Remember, nude heels make your legs appear longer!
Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Nothing gaudy, nothing that moves around or makes noise. A statement necklace that isn’t over the top can work with a simple outfit.
When wearing white, undergarments should be nude, NOT white!
Nails should be groomed. If painted, opt for light, neutral colors.
*Hair and make up can make or break your look. People are looking at your face when you’re presenting, this is where you need to appear the most polished. Make up should be clean and simple and hair should be out of your face and tame.
This post was created for a presentation for the girls of The National Hispanic Institute.
*All images borrowed from Pinterest