Dress Code in the Business World
In addition to your qualifications and skills, employers consciously or unconsciously evaluate your appearance, because they want to see the representative of their company in you. You might not think that's not fair, but things just work like that. The first impression is very important, and you can only get that one, so you have to pay attention to the dress code.
The right color of your outfit can help you to show your self-confidence and professionalism. It is vital to avoid vivid color patterns and choose monochrome pieces. You do not want to employers stay focused on your clothes, but on your skills you present. Blue, for example, indicates trustworthiness, confidence and responsibility but it is also predictable and conservative and that's why it's absolutely perfect for banks, insurance companies and other financial companies.
It is critically important to understand what dress codes mean and to follow them. Many highly intelligent, well-qualified, capable men and women are often disqualified or dismissed because they don't sell for what they're worth,“ says Darlene Price, the author of "Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results.“
"They've left the 'business' out of 'business casual' and the lack of professional appearance holds them back. It's frustrating, because clothing certainly does not determine one's actual competence and credibility; it does, however, influence others' perception of those qualities — and that reality impacts career opportunities. Clothing plus communication skills determine whether or not others will comply with your request, trust you with information, give you access to decision makers, pay you a certain salary or fee for contracted business, hire you, or purchase your products and services," she says. If you think about it for a moment you will realize it makes sense, because all people around the world judge other people's clothing style. That's how we get to know all things and people around us, visually right? Ultra-conservating style is very important for business world because it shows your true quality as a worker and your respect for your employer and a client. Price also says „Let's be clear: In the big picture of ultimate reality, what you wear neither defines who you are as a person nor determines your value as a human being. However, in the temporal realm of mere mortals, fair or not, people judge us by the way we look and that includes the way we dress. If you want to achieve career advancement, avoid an unprofessional image that may enslave your career to others' misperceptions."