First impressions are everything, right? And aside from a killer personality (of course), the simplest way to stand out in the best way is with a perfect outfit. But there's a fine line between a stylish, attention-grabbing ensemble and one that's just too much.
To ensure you always kick things off on a positive note with whomever you're meeting, we rounded up the seven ways your look could ruin your first impression—along with tips on how to avoid each.
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Wearing clothing that doesn't fit properly is one of the easiest ways to ruin a first impression. It shows that you don't know what you're doing and don't care about how you're perceived. Dress for your specific body type, invest in a good tailor when needed, and you're set.
You want to come across as approachable as possible when you're meeting new people. So hit on a few trends without going overboard with a too-flashy look. Pick one or two trends to highlight, and you'll look like you know what you're doing (in a non-aggressive way).
The easiest way to strike up a conversation without speaking? Wear an outfit with interesting details to spark interest. We're talking prints, accents, textures, and everything in between here.
A well-styled outfit will instantly give off that much-desired fashionable vibe. But that doesn't mean hiring a full-time stylist to create the perfect everyday look—just think about new ways to style your staples. Instead of wearing your button-down as is, tuck part of it in, or try layering your leather moto jacket over your shoulders for an interesting look.
While over-the-top and high-concept ensembles totally work in some settings, it's best to think simple so it doesn't look like you're trying too hard. That doesn't mean boring, however—an of-the-moment silhouette or cool print goes a long way when paired with otherwise classic styles.
Topshop Unique David Denim Super Wide Trousers ($180)
An expensive-looking fabric makes your overall vibe look put-together and luxe—rather than cheap. But remember, you don't need to shell out a lot to look great. Brands like Forever 21 and ASOS stock high-end–feeling materials (think faux suede and leather) that look way nicer than the affordable price tag suggests.
Forever 21 Genuine Suede Open-Front Jacket ($55)
Now, in no way do you need to show up to your daily meeting like you would a fashion show, but there's no reason to look uninspired—especially when it doesn't take a lot of work to look fashion forward. All it really takes is a few smart accessories. C'mon, the right bag or pair of shoes can just completely make your outfit.
Gianvito Rossi Buckle-Strap Ankle Booties ($1095)
What do you wear to make a good first impression? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!