If you want to be promoted, you've probably heard that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
Of course, this depends on your industry and your company. If you aren't sure what to wear, check what your boss or manager is wearing.
How does the president of your company dress? How do your clients dress? Even if they are men, you can still see if they wear conservative suits, or if they dress more casually.
Whatever your industry, good quality is fundamental. It shows that you have invested in your business clothes and shoes. This is visible proof that you care about your career, and are committed to it. It also shows respect for your company and clients.
Here are 7 looks that project the image that you are rising the corporate ladder. Tailor them to your industry and your personal style.
1. A suit, or a jacket and pants or skirt, always look professional. Buy the best quality fabrics, in business-like colors such as grey, navy or black, as the basis of your work wardrobe.
2. Tailored dresses and sheathe dresses, topped with a sweater or cardigan, are always chic.
3. Neutrals as a base. Start with business-like neutrals, and add a pop of color in a blouse, or accessories.
4. Good quality accessories, such as a leather handbag or briefcases, and classy jewelry.
5. A great pair of shoes. Business shoes can be both stylish and professional. Look for an updated style that's not over the top - the classic pump with a twist. Try a metallic color, or a bit of hardware - anything that adds panache without looking party-like or too casual.
6. Non-traditional jackets, such as a safari style, or the new swing styles.
7. Non-traditional but good quality fabrics, such as a silk/linen blend, tweed, or anything with a subtle pattern or texture.
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From Lynda Goldman, author of 30 books including How to Make a Million Dollar First Impression