By Surbhi Kanur
It is said that the first impression is the only impression, and it’s true that the initial vibe you give out can make or break a professional relationship. When it comes to grooming and maintaining a professional look, the impression you make is entirely in your hands. By maintaining a professional look, you can help make a great first impression. We’ve got some tips that can help you ace the professional look and make a good impression in the corporate world.
1. Maintain good grooming
Grooming is the crux of maintaining a professional look. Spend time grooming yourself before going to the office or a corporate meeting. Always wear clean and ironed clothes to work. It is also important that you wash your face and comb the hair neatly before heading out. You would want to ensure that your shoes are polished and clean. In winter, moisturize your skin so that it is not dry and scaly and, in the summer, wear a mild cologne or a perfume.
2. Know the office dress code
Every office has a dress code, and they expect employees to stick to the rules. When you join a new place, inquire about the dress code. You do not want to look out of place on your first day wearing casuals when the dress code is formal. It creates a bad impression in the mind of the bosses and could hamper your professional life.
3. Avoid clothes with poor fit
Putting together a professional look requires confidence and that begins with wearing good clothes that fit you well. When buying new clothes, try them on to ensure that they fit you correctly. If they are too loose, get them altered or if they are too tight, get a bigger size. If you’re wearing something pre-owned, tailor it so that it fits you well.
4. Pay attention to your bag
While at work or in a business meeting, you don’t want your bag to look odd with things sticking out of it; you would also want a bag that is not too bulky. If you’re using an old bag, make sure the bag is kept clean, even on the inside – especially if it doesn’t have a zipper. People can catch a glimpse inside your bag if it is not secured. You will also come across as a messy and unorganized person if your bag is dirty or untidy.
5. Don’t go overboard with your jewelry
We all love jewelry, whether it is worn to work or a social function. While it is perfectly alright to wear a lot of jewelry to social functions and weddings, when it comes to the office, you want to go minimal. It is best to go with platinum jewelry or pearl jewelry to work. It looks classy and it is not over the top.
6. Don’t wear strong perfumes or colognes
Although wearing colognes and perfumes is good, it is best to avoid wearing strong perfumes. The fragrance can be a problem for people in confined spaces such as an office or meeting room. Many people are allergic to strong scents, so some might find the aroma problematic and difficult to bear.
I’m Surbhi, a writer based in Hyderabad, India, with interests and writing experience spanning across many industries. Over the past decade, I have written for established publications on a variety of subjects like fashion jewellery trends, health, digital marketing, business etc. Diversity across various categories helps broaden my vision and makes me learn more about my writing.
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