Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DRESSING FOR SUCCESS, REALLY?

We have all heard about the saying "dress for success." Well, do any of you actually believe it? Has it really worked for you?

I have had this thought that I would like to be a more successful person. You know, the kind of woman that can go into a store and buy what she wants. One that is more than capable of being independent. One that can basically take care of herself. Now of course I was thinking if I stop walking around in jeans, t shirts and tennis shoes, maybe it could happen. Maybe if I wear a nice dress or skirts, with high heel shoes, that perhaps the universe will make something magical happen.

I know just how crazy this sounds, but that is the whole thing behind dressing for success right? Dressing for the life or job that you want. I do not see how clothes can make it all happen. Though, I am 26 years old and I have gotten many comments that I do not dress my age. Apparently I am always dressing older.

So do you dress for success?

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  1. I dress for comfort - jeans, or sometimes (sssshh) I stay in my pyjamas to write - even more comfy!

    I have a whole wardrobe of skirts and dresses from when I wasn't a gym instructor, and I really ought to wear them more often.

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  2. I dress more for the occasion than success. Dressing up makes me feel good especially after days working in "comfort" clothes. I think your dress might not make you successful but it says something about who you are and how you feel about yourself and even the occasion.

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  3. I like to dress nice, but not really for success more for vanity. I thought about imploring this dress for sucess tactic when writing just to see if it would help me a sell a book. I think it just makes me annoyed LOL.But I will dress in character to write and that does help.

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  4. Annalisa - I write in my pyjamas too! It is the most comfortable thing to wear.

    Ryshia - Thank you so much for this good explanation. I have heard the saying about if you look good, you feel good. I should try it.

    Beth - Thank you so much for your honesty. I should try this dressing up thing.

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  5. I feel that one should dress for the occasion (e.g. a corporate job interview as opposed to a fancy dress party?) and also wear clothing that you feel comfortable in.
    I think that the phrase "dress for success" also has to do with creating a perception... a persona... a certain image you may want to portray...
    However, I truly believe that success is a combination of perseverance and hard work, plus being prepared for and seizing the golden opportunity when it comes your way.
    Consider this scenario: You are dressed for success, but "miss the boat when it sails by" because you are unprepared and/or lacking judgement or just too laid back!
    (I hope this makes sense?)

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  6. Mish - Thank you for the great advice.

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  7. I dress for comfort when I am not working (and I mean really really comfortable). For work I have to wear a suit, hose & heels. I hate to admit it because of what it say about people, but I ALWAYS notice a huge difference between the way people in stores, airports, restaurants, basically everywhere treat me when I am dressed nice and when I am dressed comfortably. Don't get me wrong, I know that normal people (I don't put myself in that category on this topic) can & do dress casually without looking like a slob, but when I get out of my work clothes or if I am working from home I want to be comfortable and to me that is my favorite pair of jeans, sweats or p.j.s & an old plain, soft, cotton t-shirt.

    I just tagged you in the Lucky 7 meme on my blog.

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  8. Melissa - Thank you for the tag!

    I never dress up, considering that I work from home and when I ever do go out, I just wear jeans and a t shirt.

    Thank you for sharing your style with me. I am going to see if I dress nice, if it will affect the way people treat me. It would be a nice change.

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