“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe
A few months ago, social networks and various tabloids all over the country were agog over the public outcry made by a certain church about a certain wedding gown. As the story went, it seemed that the bride of their General Overseer’s son had worn a ‘provocative’ gown to her wedding ceremony.
Funny as it might have seemed, the disgruntled church members were having none of it! As far as they were concerned, the lady had gone against their doctrines by shining brighter and looking prettier than she normally should have. In a way, I got their point. How dare she wear such a lovely, lovely dress when women before her had been made to wear ‘china white’ or poplin for theirs? She even had the effrontery to make up and look all pretty! The chic had taken the tiger by the tail!
This is just one of many stories of how fashion has been made to look like a vain thing and the word ‘style’ has been kicked out of the dictionaries of many women. In actual fact, many people pay very little attention to their appearance and only settle to put on the first thing their hands touch when going out.
Well, I’ve got news for you! Believe it or not, fight it or embrace it, how you look matters a lot when trying to make it in life.
Fashion and style is a very important criteria in creating an appealing image- which is one of the keys to success. Contrary to public opinion, fashion is not just about the clothes you put on. It is an ensemble of your hair, clothes, shoes, accessories, make up and even down to your grooming!
We human beings are highly visual creatures and it is almost always the first impression made about you that sticks.
In the world of business and even in the world, Psychology tells us that it takes only 4 seconds for people to form an impression about you. After those 4 seconds, people would then look for things about you to justify that first impression they have made. People will use a series of selective impressions and will ignore things that are inconsistent with what they have decided to believe.
Therefore, your image can either make or break you in a critical business deal.
It is no news that the most successful people in every sphere of the society are those who look the very best on the outside. They do not leave their second impression to chance but give a lot of thought to their appearance.
Therefore, in a bid to stand out and move forward in life, you should strive to dress the way people above you in your place of work or office, dress. Simply put, if you are a receptionist, dress the way the personal assistant to the CEO would dress. This is guaranteed to attract the right people in the right places to help and open doors for you!
Now it is essential to cut your coat according to your size. No one is asking you to spend your whole salary on your wardrobe. You could always get nice and fabulous items at affordable and inexpensive prices. What I am trying to say is that you pay more attention to your appearance and grooming. And for those out there who strive for morality and decency, there are nice, modern and tastefully designed clothes which will make you decent and classy all at the same time!
It is no magic. If you dress awesome, you would feel awesome and you would also begin to exude all the pride, confidence and self esteem you never thought you had.
So to all my readers out there, always strive to dress like a winner cause if you dress like a winner, you would think and feel like a winner!
You only live once, make the most of your life!
written for Haba Naija blogs