Moving up in your career can take more than keeping your head down and working hard. While improving your resume and professional skills are important, you also need to make an impression on those around you. There’s a reason for the saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” If you want to turn heads and make an impression, here’s a couple of style tips to boost your career.
Skin care may seem like it is just for women, but men need to take care of their skin, too. No matter what type of skin you have, you can find products that keep your skin healthy, bright and fresh to make a positive impression.
To start, exfoliate once or twice a week with a scrub to keep your pores clear. Try using a glycolic acid face wash in the morning and at night to get rid of any dead skin.
For men having trouble with razor burn, try aloe shave gel to moisturize and soothe your skin. You also can try out different types of razors or shave gels to see if they work better with your skin type.
When it comes to your professional wardrobe, remember quality over quantity. You want to build a wardrobe of well-made, interchangeable pieces that you can use to create a variety of different outfits. Make sure to dress appropriately for your industry, and always make sure to dress up rather than dress down.
As a baseline, invest in pants and jackets in black, navy, grays or other neutrals. Then, add color in button up shirts and patterns through ties. In addition, finding a tailor to fit your suit jackets and pants to your body type is worth the investment. For suits, you need to consider how the jacket fits across your chest, neck, shoulders and the length of sleeves. The same rule applies for slacks and other professional clothing. They need to be the correct length and fit to your body without being too tight.
Hair Style and Accessories
Along with skincare, your hair style and any accessories help to complete your overall look. Follow some of these guidelines to look professional:
- If you have longer hair, style it so it looks managed and orderly. For women, consider pulling your hair back or going for a more conservative style. For men, try using a pomade, like this one from Aveda, to style your hair after you shower.
- Men also should manage their facial hair so it’s clean and conservative. This means you need to trim your unruly beard so it looks clean, hygienic and put together. Remember, the sloppy, dirty guy isn’t going to get the promotion over the groomed, polished one.
- To update your look, trade in your glasses for a fresh pair of contacts. Experience by Simplicity states that if you’re looking for a position in sales, consulting, advertising or customer service, it is better to wear contacts so you can make direct eye contact. If you’re looking for an easy way to purchase popular brands, visit Vision Direct online. However, if you’re working in accounting, information systems or engineering, you might want to upgrade your glasses to match your new wardrobe.
Katie is a freelance writer living in Phoenix. She attended the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing. She currently does marketing and communications work for The Phoenix Chorale and Mesa Arts Center. She has a passion for writing, arts organizations and nonprofit work.