Updated: May 25
For some, style and dressing is a way of life. For others, fashion and dressing is a chore.
So exactly how much care and importance you place on your image will be different for everyone.
Yet whatever group you fall into, the most important thing to remember is how much value your visual look has on how you are perceived.
The most immediate impression that others will make of us is based on dress and appearance.
And whether rightly or wrongly, women in are still judged far more harshly on our appearance. When was the last time that a newspaper headline talked about a male politicians choice of dress or weight gain?
But we need to view this from an empowerment perspective. We have complete control of the message that we send others, and dressing well and looking good gives you the power to step forward with a genuine confidence, as well as positively influencing those around you. It's a win-win.
Seeing is believing. And even if fashion and image aren’t at the top of your love list, taking the time to create the look you want to project is important.
So I want to encourage you to commit to dressing the best you can everyday.
Just spending an extra 10-15 minutes every morning can take your look from sloppy or standard to special.
And not only will you look great, but you'll feel great.
When we feel happy with what we see in the mirror, our mood is instantly elevated and we find ourselves surrounded with positive energy – it may sound cheesy, but the world rewards the efforts that we put in when we present our very best selves. As you continue to dress your best, your self-confidence will continue to grow - and that will dramatically improve your chance of success no matter what pursuit you are going after.
On the flip side, when you don't feel good about how you look, that energy is transmitted outwards and affects the way you carry yourself, how you interact with others and how others see you.
So think about how you want others to perceive you, and then look at your current situation and ask yourself if your current image reflects what you want others to think about you.
If not, take action and dress for the part or position you want in the world.