How to Dress to Move Up in the Workplace

When you walk into an office, I’m sure you can distinguish whose a manager and whose an associate. Maybe the managers have their own office, or you can visually see whose leading who. But have you ever looked at what those managers and CEOs are wearing?

I know that hard work and consistency helps you grow in your career, but have you ever realized that what you wear to work can affect your perception from your managers and co-workers??

How you dress to work can be an excellent extension to your work ethic! Have you ever thrown on a blazer an immediately felt more powerful or put together?

I challenge you to take the time to look at what your managers are wearing, and picture that in your wardrobe. I’m saying that you have to copy them and forfeit your personal style…all I’m saying is that dressing like you’re already in that position can be an advantage to you. Not only should you dress like you’re in that position, but you should act like you’re in that role already. If you do both, you’ll send off a presence that you’re already there. You’ll be one step ahead of the game.

In Hawaii, Aloha print shirts & dresses is what’s considered “business” wear. Prices for Aloha shirts can go up to $98+ for brands like Reyn Spooner & Tori Richard.

Everything is an illusion. And in the workplace, as degrading as it sounds, you can manipulate your higher ups to have a particular perception of you. So put that image of you, as being in whatever position you want, into your bosses’ heads so when you do ask for that promotion, he/she would already have seen you “acting” like a boss and most likely give you that position!

In my experience, I always try to study what my co workers and managers are wearing. I also study what other people wear in different departments or locations…then I top that. I want to give myself a competitive edge so I can prove to my higher ups that I want to advance in my career. What I’ve noticed too is that my co-workers, who are at the same level as me, show me a little more respect in the workplace.

It’s amazing how style and fashion can be used as a tool. Use it to your advantage. I believe that what you wear can have a major impact on your life. Who knows, maybe that Zara blazer might help you get that $3,000 increase 😉

And as always, thank you for joining me. I want to hear your thoughts on this. Do you notice a difference when you dress a certain way at work? Leave your comments down below!

5 thoughts on “How to Dress to Move Up in the Workplace

  1. Awesome! I don’t think it really pertains to me as a hair dresser but, my husband is getting into business and this would be an excellent tip for him!

  2. Hi! Loved this! Excellent unpacking of that old phrase “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” (Side note: I worked in magazines where staff could get away with wearing a bikini top if it was on trend!)
    If you’re interested, I did a similar post on how to style (and hide) your baby bump—whether you work in a corporate, creative or home office. About 90% of pieces used are NOT maternity wear, however, so the styling can appeal to non-pregnant peeps too!

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