Dressing to Impress: Why Your Appearance Matters in the Workplace


We all know the saying "dress for the job you want", but do you know why it's so important? In this blog, we’ll be breaking down the psychology behind dressing for success and giving you some style tips on how to pair our timeless Weejuns with the ultimate interview outfit!

What Does Dress For The Job You Want Mean?

In simple terms, dressing for the job you want means that you are putting a little extra effort into your appearance, either for job interviews or even the first week at a new job.

Now, it may be true that clothes don’t mean everything, especially in certain industries, however, here is what putting in that extra bit of effort means to an employer:

  • You are showing effort.
  • It creates a positive first impression.
  • You take pride in your appearance, meaning you will take pride in the work you produce.
  • It shows credibility.

First impressions do count, especially when it comes to the working world because the effort you make speaks volumes. Not to mention, making that extra effort will set you apart from the rest. But, this will not only look good in your employer's eyes, you too will feel good about yourself. It has been proven that clothes have an effect on your self-confidence and by wearing something you feel comfortable and good in, you can boost your self-esteem. More importantly, dressing for success is an ongoing process and does not end at the interview.

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What Should You Wear?

Well, the best way to determine what you should be wearing, is to consider what profession you are contemplating.
Are you perhaps a number fanatic and want to go into the finance corporate sector?

Because then, your style will look a little like this: Black slacks, a button-up shirt, a blazer to match, and pair of the G.H.BASS Venetian Weejuns in the colour Black Leather. Generally, a tie is not always required, however, it certainly would complete this look.

On the other hand, perhaps you’d much rather prefer to explore your creative side by working in the media sector.

Then this is how your style may look: A long pleated dark blue skirt, a funky t-shirt tucked in, and casual blazer with rolled-up sleeves to match, and finally, a pair of our Weejuns WMN Penny in the colour Navy & White Leather. 

These are two drastic examples, so perhaps you are looking for style ideas that are in between these two.

Here's what that will look like: Firstly, begin with a polo shirt. They are comfortable enough like a t-shirt, yet still semi-formal due to the collar. Pair this with a pair of chinos, and our G.H.BASS Jetty, and just like that you have an outfit that is not too formal, yet also not too casual.

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The Psychology Behind Dressing For Success

As we mentioned earlier in the blog, when you look good, you feel good. Your confidence is boosted, and this impacts the way you act. You may find that when you are dressed in an outfit that is comfortable and makes you feel good, your posture tends to change for the better, your mood is improved, and you may feel confident enough to be yourself.

And, if this is how you are feeling internally, then this is what you are projecting externally. Others will notice this improvement. You would be surprised at how many small details others tend to notice, such as how clean your footwear is, or if your slacks are neatly pressed. This is why even those finer details should shine through, much like the various Weejuns designs that we have to offer.

Some have whimsical tassels, and others have a sophisticated ornamental detail – yet each one stands out on its own. This can be you. So take the first step in your very own pair of G.H.BASS Footwear.

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