They say clothes make the man (or woman). And, when you're successful in your career, your clothing will reflect that. Even if you have a way to go in your career goals, dressing the part can help, both mentally for you and in how people react to you.
So, how do you dress for success?
o Skirted suit or pants suit
o Skirts should be knee-length or slightly above or below
o Wear neutral or flesh-tone hose
o Pants should break at the top of the foot or shoe
o Watch the the neckline of your blouse: not too low
o Low heel flats better than flats or high-heels
o Don't overdo it with the jewelry
o Go with a conservative suit: navy, black or grey; solid or pinstripe
o Add a solid white or blue dress shirt
o Go with a simple silk tie, nothing too flashy
o Shoes should be lace up and polished
o Make sure your socks match
o Keep socks calf-length or above
o Wear a belt that matches your shoes
What about accessories?
o When it comes to jewelry, again, don't overdo it. Keep it simple and conservative. You want them focused on you, not your five rings and gold chains.
o For women think red when choosing a handbag. See our video on women's handbag. (Just click on the below label for "dress for success," you'll see it.)
o For both men and women a briefcase can be very professional. Leave the backpack at home.
o Remember, a pen is an also an accessory. Do you really want to write notes with a cheap, throwaway stick pen? Invest in a stylish pen and bring it with you.
o Avoid strong cologns or perfumes. You never know if the interviewer is sensitive to strong smells.