When it comes to making a good impression in the office, getting your outfit right is key. Studies have shown that attractive people are hired quickly, always bag that promotion and tend to earn more than their less attractive coworkers. Emirates Woman reveals how to use your style to your advantage.
Are you about to reach for those comfy black trousers and off-white shirt? It may be time to think again, as that old saying “dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got” rings true. It’s been proven that well-dressed workers tend to bring in more money for their companies, therefore are seen as valuable assets. And it doesn’t stop there – according to new research conducted by Debenhams, you’re more likely to earn brownie points if you share the same style as your boss.
It’s not just your wardrobe that matters, your hair colour can also make an impact. A 2010 study discovered that blonde bombshells are raking in as much as seven per cent more than their darker haired colleagues. We guess that’s why blondes are having more fun – they’re earning more!
We spoke to inspirational speaker and health and wellness coach Helga Bergsteinsdóttir for insight on how to nail that promotion.
Helga says: “Prints are artistic. They give the impression you’re fun, interesting and light-hearted. They also show you have a great sense of humour as they’re not aggressive, nor soft. A girl who wears prints looks confident and independent. However, if you’re in finance then think twice about wearing print. Bosses may not take you as seriously.”
Helga says: “Pastel hues are calming, soft and don’t draw too much attention – the opposite effect of red. They show honesty, vulnerability and that you could be a good person at heart. Similarly white is simple and pure, you are likely to be trusted more if you wear white. By wearing a white blouse with a pale pink skirt you will appear trustworthy and approachable.”
Helga says: “Black conveys feelings of mystery and seriousness. It is also considered elegant and timeless. The classic tone can make you appear thinner too. People who wear black want to climb to the top of the career ladder. If you want to be treated seriously, the typical black suit with a splash of green or blue works well while a daring soft leather skirt can be chic choice for the office. Just ensure it’s not too short!”
Helga says: “Red is a bold colour and will make a statement, so use it in the right context as it will draw attention to yourself. Wear it where there’s romance, excitement and money to be discussed as it makes people’s hearts beat faster. But beware: don’t wear anything red that’s too short or tight in the workplace as it gives off the wrong impression.”
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