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It Turns Out: Dressing the Part Does Matter

Updated: May 18, 2023

A challenge on being intentional.

You’ve probably heard the advice to “dress the part” for work or even “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” But when you’re getting dressed in the morning, you may wonder whether your attire actually has any impact on your work life.

Below are 5 great reasons why being intentional about how you dress benefits you.

Boosts your own professional confidence: I feel that dressing the part boosts my own confidence, making me feel more aligned with the role and the responsibilities I hold. Dressing intentionally will put you in a different headspace. Do it because it makes you feel good.

Improves your motivation and productivity: Similarly to boosting your confidence at work, you may find that you feel more motivated and inspired to get work done when you’ve dressed the part. Sometimes, dressing the part provides the little mental shift that you need to transition into “work mode” for the day.

Ensure you’re taken seriously: While you may not intend to judge someone’s ability based on what they’re wearing, the reality is we all make these micro-assessments and are subject to these biases on a daily basis. You may find that when you start dressing more professionally at work, people are more receptive to your ideas and take your work more seriously.

Leaves a positive impression: Whether that’s your fellow team members, company managers or executives, or clients and partners, the reality is that your appearance sends a message about how you’re showing up to these interactions. Dressing the part ensures that the impression you’re leaving is positive.

Earn promotions and leadership roles: Last but certainly not least, all the factors above can ultimately help you earn promotions and leadership roles within your company. When you’re taking more seriously, doing better work because you feel more motivated, and feeling like a part of the team, you’re more likely to be recognized for raises and increased responsibility.

✨I challenge you to be intentional about what you wear to work for the rest of May. I’ll be checking in on you, so remember how dressing intentionally made you feel.✨

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