Often, we wonder what to wear and what not to wear when we are going out for an official get together, or a formal dinner, or in fact as simple as an interview.
But, how do we decide what color to wear, which accessories to pair them with, or how to manage our hairstyle, or match our makeup according to the occasion and the outfit.
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First, there are some obvious factors that we consider. Those are:
If we talk about a formal event, you cannot go overboard, so do not experiment here. If you are not sure how to dress up, always stick to subtle. Subtle is always classy. And, if you are unsure about the colors to wear, the trick is to stick to neutrals here. Trust me, they can never go wrong.
That’s basics. Of course, you cannot wear an overcoat in summers, or a mini skirt with bare legs in winters however badly you want to because it just doesn’t fit a formal event. Always dress up according to the season/weather.
For Example, you can pair a sleeveless dress with a warm and elegant stole or a shawl.
- BODY TYPE:
I am sure you must have heard people saying this or thought this yourself a lot of times that she should wear what suits her body type, right?
Okay, so understand this first, that this statement is not offensive and neither is it body shaming. It only means one should have a sensible dressing sense.
For instance, if a woman has bulky arms, she would look much better in an outfit with full/three-quarter sleeves, rather than a sleeveless one. Or, maybe I woman with shorter height might carry a midi better than a maxi dress. She will look taller in the later.
Another pro tip: Vertical stripes make you look tall and thin, while horizontal stripes make you look wide and timid.
- COMFORT ZONE:
You must be comfortable in what you wear, because if you are not, you will be self-conscious, and that will reflect in your body language, in your face expressions, and hence, will automatically fade away from your confidence. And, we don’t want that.
So, if you are comfortable in a jumpsuit, or in a saree, or a short dress, carry it like a pro.
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You need to be authentic. I am not saying you can’t follow fashion bloggers or celebrities for inspiration, but they are just that; Inspiration. You don’t have to copy someone.
Create your own style statement. Observe their styles, how they mix and match, how they carry different types of outfits on different occasions and get inspired! Just don’t copy!
Okay, so to sum it up, when we dress up as a Professional, it should always be for these three very simple objectives:
- When you walk into a room full of Professionals, you want to be taken seriously:
You have to dress up in a subtle and elegant way and leave the hidden child in you at home, just for the meeting I promise.
Dress tastefully in a suit (western), or trousers and a blazer, paired with heels, neatly set hair, and minimal accessories, like a watch or a bracelet with simple (not necessarily small) earrings.
Make sure your clothes are creaseless, and there are no stains. Be crisp and tidy. Walk tall!
- You want to be noticed, and stand out:
Standing out doesn’t have to mean to go overboard, or you have to wear bright colors or prints. It does not mean you have to wear loud makeup, and definitely not over accessorize. Never!
You just have to keep a balance. You might understand it better by an example.
I am a white person, so I tend to incline towards wearing white on special occasions. Now, if I am wearing a white blazer, I would definitely pair it with black or dark blue (dark but subtle) to make the white pop out.
Now, if my Outfit is black and white, I can use bright colored footwear, with maybe a bright lip shade because they both are poles apart, so they will complement the outfit at their own respective ends.
Now, since bright lips, so wear nude makeup on the eyes.
- You want to leave a lasting impression:
If you do the above things right, now you just have to pull the look that you have designed for yourself with the following added elements:
- Confidence: Walk, talk, eat and breathe confidence.
- Always wear a warm smile, and smile to strangers as well.
- Making short but meaningful conversations.
- Compliment people but in a way they that they would remember, like maybe the color of their eyes, or their chemistry with one another, or maybe how their work, but just be creative.