3 TINY TURNOFFS THAT SABOTAGE YOUR PROFESSIONAL IMAGE

Like it or not, you will always be judged by others within the first few seconds of meeting them. And because your personal image represents a whole package, anything distracting or out of place can sabotage your professional image. So, it isn’t only what you wear that matters; alone or together, those little details make a big statement as well.

Although it’s great to dress in a way that reflects your personality, some people take it to the extreme not considering the occasion or their objective. This can affect how you are perceived. Others may feel uncomfortable around you if you don’t fit their expectations. So, even though your personality is important, you need to take the purpose of the occasion into consideration. If you are unsure of the appropriate way to dress for the occasion, consider your goals first and dress accordingly, or follow the lead of others; then add a few finishing touches that reflect your personality.

A good fit is also crucial. No matter how gorgeous or well made a garment is, if it doesn’t fit properly it won’t look good. You are not going to look well put together or credible. If it almost fits, consider having it altered. Even changing the buttons on a jacket can make a big difference. Alterations will make your clothing look more expensive and make you look more successful.

The condition of your clothing and accessories is also very important. Often we will throw things on without checking if they are wrinkled or faded, if the hem is being held up by safety pins, or if the shoes are scuffed. These details send a negative message about your image and you. If you are sloppy about the way you dress and the way you take care of your clothing, you may be perceived as being sloppy in your work and how you handle other things in life, as well.

Make the big statement projected by your little details a positive and professional one it will impact your business dealings, and add to the overall success of your professional image.

Kimberly Law AICI, CIP

Association of Image Consultants International (AICI)

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Founding Director of

Institute of Image Training & Testing International (IITTI)

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