The Balance Between Professional and Classy: What You Need to Know to Succeed
Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:13pm | by jennaleesmith1
Finding a style that works for you can be a challenge. Despite what we would like to believe about ourselves others, we judge people, on some level, by their appearance. In the professional world, the way that we present ourselves can make or break our success. It's about confidence, grooming, class, and fashion.
Gone are the days when a blue suit and white blouse were the uniform that successful women should wear. Now we can choose clothing and accessories that aren’t generic. But, as with everything else, it’s a balancing act.. Just follow a few simple tips.
Forget the Price Tag
Finding the best clothing and accessories isn't about how much the items cost, but more about the quality of the product. There is no reason to run out to the high-end stores and pay $200 for a nice skirt and blouse. Many department stores (such as Macy's or TJMax) offer great clothing and accessories at reasonable prices. The quality and durability of these items are higher than both high-end stores (such as Ralph Lauren), and superstores (such as Walmart or Target).
It isn't about how much you pay. It's about how the items look.
Don't Forget the Face
Many women get so focused on making sure that their clothing is perfect, they forget what both employers and clients will be focused on all day: the face.
Employers and clients will stare at your face all day during meetings, or just in passing. If clothing makes a good first impression, the quality of the make-up will leave a lasting impression. Don't spend money on cheap drugstore brands that will wear off or show crease lines as the day wears on. It is worthwhile to spend a little extra on quality products. Visit department stores and test out products before you commit to purchase.
One brand for mascara that make-up artists often refer to for the highest quality is Maybeline. But a general rule of thumb about make-up: Don't buy it unless you can try it.
While it doesn't seem like it should be such a big deal, the jewelry you wear can make a difference in how others perceive you. The idea is to keep it classy and simple. Here's how: stunning gemstones set in simple (yet gorgeous) white or yellow gold.
Black diamonds are classy, mysterious, and alluring. You can even look at black diamond engagement rings to find a ring that is right for you. Just because they are called "engagement rings" doesn't mean you have to be knocking on the church doors to wear them. There are a number of classy designs that are versatile enough to be useful for everyday wear as well.
Before you go to the store to stock up on accessories, consider what your jewelry says about you. Wearing jewelry that it too plain doesn't convey as powerful of a message as jewelry that catches the eye. However, with that in mind it is also important to remember that wearing jewelry that is overly eye-catching can also be distracting.
Find accessories that are simple and stunning.
Remember, we all judge people by their appearance, even if we would like to believe that we don't. However, looking your best doesn't have to cost a fortune. It all comes down to quality.