Dressing for Success

Dressing for success includes a lot more than just choosing the right kind of outfit. To complete your professional look, you must consider different types of accessories and personal grooming. How you present yourself to others can make or break a job interview or promotion chances at work.

Employer Dress Code and Dressing for Success

Remember your appearance is your employer’s appearance.  How you present yourself at the workplace is a direct reflection of your employer as well. If your office environment is conservative then regardless of your personal taste for style, you have to adapt your looks and dressing style which can fit into a conservative corporate environment.

At the workplace, you should always dress smartly to impress investors, clients and customers because a winning sales pitch is not always enough to seal the business deal. A woman’s appearance needs to support her professional accomplishments and not to show off her “wrong” assets.

One of the simplest and best advice regarding dressing for the workplace is probably the most obvious: know the dress code of your employer!

Perfumes, Scents, and Odors in the Workplace

Avoid wearing perfume and heavily-scented products in all your business meetings.  Although you like them, they have no place in a business environment. Scents can overpower a room or even trigger asthma and sometimes they are more offensive than pleasing to others.

You maybe know that many business places are smoke-free and now some are also now going scent-free.  So do not let the first impression you make about yourself is all about your personal perfume preference.


If you are not sure, ask your human resources staff if there are any unique requirements about the workplace dress code. Speaking about smoke-free environments, you should never smell like smoke.

You go for an important business meeting or job interview and you smoke in a car, your clothing will always pick up the odour. A strong smell may distract the person you are meeting from focusing on your skills if all they can think about is how you smell during the meeting.

How to Present Professional Looking Hands and Fingernails

Many women use their hands while talking, so they become a focal point. It is very important to have hands and fingernails looking professional, not like you are heading out for a party with friends. Your nails should always be trimmed, sculpted and clean. Avoid using shocking or unusual nail paint colours for business meetings or interviews.

Hair Styling Tips for Business Women

Hair gels or sprays with a strong scent or odour should be avoided and your hairstyle should be neat and preferably off the face. With few exceptions, hair colour should not be unusual or shocking.


Business Makeup Advice

Wearing no makeup at all is almost as bad as wearing too much makeup so try to keep it simple and appropriate for the office environment.

Jewellery for Business Women

While you are in the workplace your Jewelry should not be noisy or too large, so no metal bangles in the office. Try to keep earrings simple, small and above the earlobe. It is better to wear no jewellery at all than to wear too much jewellery during office hours but all working women should at least wear a nice, conservative wristwatch.

Closing Thoughts

Paying attention to the details of your appearance sends a message to others that you care about your personal appearance and communicates to the person you are meeting with that they are important to you.

Also read Why Women are so Successful in Bootstrapped Ventures


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