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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Greaves

Dress for Success

Most people would agree that there is a time and a place for everything. A time and place to explode with laughter, a time and place to keep your silence, and a time and place to listen to music aloud. With that being said, one could also agree that there is also a time and place for certain fashion statements. You would not wear knee-high boots and a heavy coat in 90-degree weather. Neither would you wear a swimsuit to church. Specific outfits are appropriate in specific places. The outfit you wear does not only affect how people look at you or your health conditions, but it also determines your ability to get the job that you want. Anyone who has ever been to a job interview or even interviewed anyone for a job can stress how important a person’s clothes are in determining if they get the job or not.

There is a quote that says “dress for the job you want not the job you have,” and all it really means is that it is important to dress for success. You could be getting interviewed for a janitorial position at any company but it still should not stop you from dressing up as the CEO of Amazon. Appearance matters extremely in the case of getting a job. An interviewer can determine whether or not a person is worthy enough to be hired just by looking at their appearance alone. The first impression is the best impression.

For many job interviews, no matter the job position, professional or casual business apparel is favored. For job positions such as office jobs, a suit and tie would not be frowned upon. A beautiful business dress, or a silk blouse and knee-length pencil skirt, or even a tailored pantsuit with a pressed collared shirt with the addition of a blazer and a tie mark you as an individual ready to excel at the job and all that was said without you even speaking a word. When dressed in the right clothes, your outfits speak on your behalf.

It is true that some jobs do not require the possible employee to dress in any type of professional attire, I would know because I went to an interview for a choreography job and the required attire was sweatpants and a shirt; anything comfortable enough to dance in. There are quite a few job interviews where professional or casual business attire is not required but there is still great importance in your appearance. In the interview, one might be only required to wear sweatpants and a t-shirt, or a leotard and a tutu, but that does not mean the sweatpants cannot be the best sweatpants they have ever danced in or the most comfortable leotard they have ever worn. The phrase “dress for success” will always be applied to any job criteria. When wearing any attire that implies comfort to any job interview make sure that there are no holes on any part of the garment. Your t-shirt should be void of any wrinkles, and you should make sure everything is pressed and fresh - the interviewer does not want to smell your sweat nor see any stains from you sitting home all day on the couch and eating pizza. Although they are comfortable clothes, they must be presented as if they are brand new. The same goes for the leotards and tutu - there should not be holes or stains in either. The clothes you wear represent you, and though they may not be a tailored suit or a nice professional black dress they must still be neat and clean.

Overall, what one wears at an interview is just as important as what they say at an interview. A person's clothes step into the room before they do to introduce them. If someone was to dress lazily, the outfit would have already spoken a bad word on his or her behalf. A bad outfit shows the employers that he or she does not make an effort to dress properly, and perhaps then he or she does not have what it takes to do the job. Whatever job you do, always remember that the first impression is the best impression, and it is not only about what you do or say it is what your clothes say about you as well.

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