The beginning of a new year is often a time when we reflect on our lives – what we’ve already accomplished and the dreams we still have. Then we set goals, intentions, and resolutions to make these dreams a reality. One aspect of fulfilling our ambitions is to recognize the importance of first impressions, and then act on how to make them positive. First impressions are automatic, instantaneous, and made in approximately four seconds. In this short window of time, our clothing, body language, and grooming habits are judged. These judgments are then formulated into opinions. Once these assessments are made, it’s very difficult to reverse them.
Dressing well to make a good impression may seem daunting at first. Where do you start?
The silent language of clothing reflects how we feel about ourselves and determines how we are treated by others, who our friends become, and it can influence if we get (and keep) the job. Every time you get dressed, you send a message. A lackadaisical attitude toward dressing can reflect an attitude of carelessness; “I don’t care” is a clear statement. Think about it. If at your wedding, your future mother-in-law comes dressed in a sloppy sweater and dirty tennis shoes, you might think she doesn’t respect you, your ceremony, or your marriage. A simple dress is all it would take to change this scenario. Dressing with consideration is part of civilization, and it will help to