As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And while we should really never judge a book by its cover, the fact is that people do. We are constantly judged by our appearance, and whether you realize it or not you are also judging others based on their appearance. The way you choose to present yourself says a lot about you, especially at work. Although we may have given a bad impression in the past, we are more than capable of giving a good second and lasting impression going forward.
Dressing casual or sloppy at work can give the impression that you are unorganized and unprofessional. Managers, as well as coworkers and customers, may feel quite uncomfortable putting trust into a person that looks like they just rolled out of bed. However, when you dress for success, those around you will perceive you in a more professional light. This feedback will in turn encourage you to act in a more professional manner. Also, many people are firm believers that you should dress for the position you want. If your current position does not require a very professional dress code, yet upper managers are dressing professionally, you should dress like them! This will give you an edge in the workplace, and people (including management) will take notice and view you in a much different light. You don’t need to go out and spend an arm and a leg on expensive clothes, you just need to buy on the cheap and put a little more thought into your wardrobe.
Finally, while there are numerous benefits to dressing nicely, the most important one is how it will make you feel. You will feel better about yourself when you look nice and put together. If you know you look good, your self confidence will increase and you will carry yourself better. So why not? Go on, give yourself a little boost and look your best!