Most professionals know that attire matters. What you may not know is exactly why.
According to Lydia Dishman, writing for Fast Company:
… recent research shows that what you wear has just as much to do with how you’re perceived by others as it does on your focus and productivity.
Dishman wrote a fascinating article entitled “The Surprising Productivity Secrets Hidden in Your Clothes,” which looks at the relevant studies, and how the data might impact company dress codes, work culture, coworking and other issues.
For example, one of the studies Dishman looks at found that
Respondents felt most authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire but friendliest when wearing casual or business casual attire.
Information like this could lead companies to modify dress codes based on an employee’s department, or type of work that employee does.
For all professionals – business owners or not – the fundamental takeaway is that how you dress matters, and perhaps for more reasons than we realized.
With this in mind, take a look at “How to Dress for Work and Job Interviews” by Dawn Rosenberg McKay. This helpful piece goes back to basics, covering
• Seven tips for workplace attire
• Rules for casual dress at work
• How to dress for a job interview