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We’ve all heard the saying “You’ve got to dress for the job you want”. And I assume you want a job that pays more than you make now. Well if you want more money, you’ll have to look like you deserve it. But, how? Well here’s the key steps from going from the rags you’re used to wearing, to the ones that’ll bring you the riches you want.
Assess The Landscape
First step is understanding the industry you want to work in. It doesn’t take long to see that Wall Street folk dress very differently than those Advertising execs in California. The former wears suits, the latter, sandals. Dressing for the part means standing by how you put yourself together. Not by dressing completely differently from everyone else.
Take The Extra Step
Often times when it comes to clothing, just a change to one article makes a world of difference. If you’re the type to wear sneakers to the office – no matter how Italian made they are – try putting on some monk straps instead. You’ll see just how differently people start treating you.
Invest In Yourself
See that man there? That’s Brunello Cucinelli. You can’t go wrong buying his brand of clothes, although, you won’t leave the store without easily spending $5000 on just one outfit (suit, shirt, and tie – shoes not included). Of course, if you’re trying to climb the ladder, you likely don’t have that kind of money. However, you should be spending as much as you can possibly afford on key items such as suits and shoes. After all, you need to look at your clothes as an investment.
To piggyback on the last point, no matter how much you spend, if your clothes don’t fit you right – all is lost. Believe it or not a $300 suit that fits you properly is always better than a $5000 suit that’s too big. So make sure once you’re done shopping to get a good tailor, and have him overlook and tweak everything, if need be.
Stress The Details
When it comes to dress, consider your hair part of your outfit. There’s no point looking sharp in your outfit, and dull in your face. Whether you’re clean shaven, or rocking a beard – make sure you keep the hair on your face neatly groomed. As for your hair – here’s a tip: If you think you need a haircut, you need a haircut.
Hitting The Gym
Know what the best outfit you’ll ever wear is? Your body. Consider this tip number one: workout and get in shape. Clothing always looks better on muscles than fat. Plus, being in shape gives you confidence, which is just as important (if not more) than what you wear or what shape you’re in.
Don’t Dress Like A Mogul
Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that just because Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg can dress in jeans and hoodies that you can too. In fact, it’s safe to assume you already made this mistake, as this is already likely your look. When you make your fist billion, then you can wear what you want. Until then, try to dress like a millionaire first.
Don’t Brag About Your New Look
See Donald Trump here? Don’t be like him. Arrogance or bragging about your look only makes you look worse, because you look like you’re trying too hard. Wear your new clothes as if they’ve always been apart of your wardrobe. That’s how you dress, and act, like you deserve that higher paying job you want.