One of the most challenging aspects of getting dressed everyday is deciding WHO you want to be. Who you are is already unique. You have a set of skills, a sense of humor, and a history all your own. Not to mention your personal goals and fears.
How do you convey who you are in that simple "first impression"?
A quick 17 seconds is about all the time you get when someone creates a first impression. The fact is, YOU CAN'T SAY it all. In a time of snapshots, soundbites and taglines, you must edit.
1. Decide: who you want to be.
(Something so psychological really is at the core of getting dressed each day.)
2. Be honest: people read through bull.
(Present yourself in a genuine way. This means your facial expressions that match your outfit and clothes that match your lifestyle.)
3. Brand yourself: if your outfit was a tagline, what would it say?
(Let this guide your shopping habits.)
Whether interviewing, on a first date, or just making an acquaintance, stepping out the door with an appearance and a smile that is honest and highlights the best in you allows the opportunity to take the next step.
If you don't know what people see when they see you, NEITHER DO THEY.
Only YOU can define yourself honestly and successfully.
First impression research:
First impressions are formed within 7 to 17 seconds of meeting someone; 55% of a person's opinion is determined by physical appearance (read more).
Visual first impressions count when making personality judgements (read more)
Top photo by Kate L Photography.
Model, Leah Kane.