Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.”
It’s a little harsh, but there’s a grain of truth in the statement. Not everyone gets to wear the same thing every day like Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs.
Here are a few reasons why you should dress for success.
Your clothes tell your story
John T. Molloy, author of Dress for Success, claimed that clothing is a primary impression management tool.
You communicate with people through the clothes that you wear, and if you want to make a good impression, you should dress well.
Dressing sharply will boost your confidence
It’s hard not to feel great when you go in front of a mirror and see yourself in a sharp, well-fitting outfit. Feeling good about how you look will help you exude confidence – whether it’s during a job interview or a big presentation in the boardroom.
Your colleagues will react to how you dress
Dressing well at the office will have an effect on your colleagues. If you dress in an inappropriate manner, your peers may not take you seriously.
If you often look disheveled or messy at your office, your subordinates may think that you don’t care much about your job. They may then not work as effectively under your management.
It’s not about wearing a suit every day
It’s not about always wearing a suit to work. Companies have different dress codes these days. You should just ensure that you’re dressing above what is considered the norm for your workplace.
In some sectors, like finance, you may be required to dress formally every day. For industries that have more relaxed dress rules, it may simply be the choice to wear a nice pair of jeans and a polo shirt instead of shorts and a t-shirt.
In the end, it’s about more than looking and feeling good. It’s about ensuring that your office attire shines a positive light on you, and helps people take you more seriously. You may not have control over some other aspects of your work life, but you will always have control of the clothes you wear. Use them to your advantage.