Tuesday, March 13, 2012


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?


  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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?)

  6. Mish - Thank you for the great advice.

  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.

  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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