7 Fashion Rules for Professionals

1. It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression.  So, make it a positive one. A refined look at first glance will be perceived as polished and professional. Flaws in your clothing draw unwanted attention.  Iron or steam your clothes, trim any loose strands, tuck saggy pockets, remove stains.  These seconds can determine how others treat you in the work place.

2. Invest in the best clothes you can afford.  When it comes to a solid wardrobe essentials, quality is the key.  Often the fit and fabric is better in a designer item because it will flatter your shape and last for years to come.  The amount of wear you will get out of these pieces, will be worth every penny. Remember, natural fibers normally hold longer.

3. Your suit jacket and pants does not have to be worn together all the time!  Wear your suits as singles.  It will be easier to pair each piece with other items in your wardrobe.

4. Plan your outfits in advance.  If you’ve got an important presentation or work trip coming up, take some time to plan your wardrobe or hire a stylist (like me!) to do it for you. Then, you will be able to relax knowing you are prepared and confident that you look impeccable.

5. Dress for your next promotion.  If you want to have the part, start dressing the part. Go for a polished and well-put together look that will make you look like you are the one running things.

6. Try some trends.  Ask a stylist what trends are a good fit for your body type and style personality.  Try out 1 or 2 inexpensive trends each season.  Some of them will stick and some won’t. Just try them, they can become classic to you.

7. Find a skillful tailor.  Most clothing items in catalogs or magazines are tucked, pinned or altered to fit models.  A $20 investment in a simple alteration can make you look 10 pounds lighter.

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