The way you appear drastically affects the way others perceive you. First impressions are often based on appearance, and it's hard to reverse people's opinions based on an instantaneous visual assessment.
A few months ago, I was hired to give a full-day training program to a group of executives on how to master their public speaking skills. At 10:30 a.m., when we reached our first break, I practically crawled to the washroom, where I hauled myself up onto the counter, my feet absolutely throbbing.
Since clothes reflect your employer's image and reputation, consider your surroundings before splurging on a runway knock-off or an ironic dork T-shirt. Erin Nadler, president of Better Styled in Toronto, suggests carefully observing the choices of your boss and colleagues before making any radical fashion decisions.
There actually is an unwritten rule that recommends not dressing up above your superior's style of dress. Simply stated, dressing more formally than your boss could be perceived as having the pretension of saying: "I'm better than you."
It seems naturally easier to look and dress more professionally in the fall and winter, when conditions beckon us to cover up in layers of wool and knits. It is possible to feel comfortable and look pulled together during the warmer months. Here are some tips to stay fresh at work in the summer months.