How to Dress for Success
In an era when CEOs sport jeans and hoodies, it’s hard to know how to dress for your job. Real Simple asked professionals in a range of industries to reveal what they think about your 9-to-5 style—and what it means for your climb up the ladder.
Dress = Success?
Anyone who owns a power outfit knows that the right clothes can be a big confidence booster. There’s even proof: In a 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, subjects who donned doctors’ lab coats scored higher on attention-related tasks than did those who did not. And while an employer should really be focused on your brilliant ideas, it helps to have the whole package. According to a survey of business leaders published this year by the Center of Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, two-thirds said that when it comes to getting ahead, image makes a major impact. Curious how your work look measures up? Real Simple consulted human-resources professionals, executive coaches, and style experts for the new office-wear do’s (flashy colors!) and don’ts (flashing skin!).
See what the experts had to say about office dress codes in What You Can (and Can’t) Wear to Work.
So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.