Dress for success

dress up show upOne of the tips I share in my book, ‘Coping with the Horroffice’ is to dress for success.
I’ve seen the difference for myself in more than one office environment or workplace.  When I first started out as an audit junior we had a very strict dress code.  The the whole ‘business casual’ thing came in, and everyone started to dress down.  And although it was lovely not to have to be suited and booted for the office every day, rocking up to work in something a bit shabbier definitely didn’t feel quite right.  And as the time wore on, the outfits got more casual and less business.  And then my mum stepped in, and told me I didn’t look like an accountant, I looked like a drudge.  It was a bit of a shock, and no-one ever likes to admit their mother is right, but her comments stayed with me.
I started making more of an effort at work.  And I genuinely noticed a difference.  Other people took a little bit more notice, I got more comments on what I was wearing and that made me feel better.  No-one wants to be invisible.  But even on the days when no-one commented, I still felt better when I’d made the effort to dress up and show up – and that changed my energy internally.  I felt more positive, ready to take on the challenges of the day, just a bit more confident in myself.
And ever since then, whenever I’ve had a challenging day looming at the Horroffice I’ve made an extra effort with my outfit, and it’s always made a difference.
Try it out for yourself and let me know what happens.  Just please don’t tell my mother she was right!

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