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.
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.
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.
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What do you wear to make a good first impression? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!