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Most of us have grown up hearing the phrase, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” But what does that mean? This phrase is about working towards your goals. So if you’re hoping to receive a promotion, you should start dressing as if you already got that promotion. It makes you look better (more professional), but it’s a daily self-affirmation of what you’re trying to achieve.

The rules and tips for dressing for the job you want will likely vary, depending on the industry and niche. So take some time to research the job you want, including how people tend to dress. In the meantime, there are some general guidelines you can follow.

Invest In Yourself

Most professional wardrobes have a few high-quality core pieces, such as decent pants, a few nice tops, and professional-looking shoes. Don’t be afraid to purchase a few of these items for yourself – but don’t forget to stay within your budget. 

Investing in higher-quality clothing (that fits your industry) is essentially investing in yourself. You’ll look good and feel even better wearing these clothes. Best of all, high-quality pieces tend to last longer, so you’ll save yourself money in the long run.

Leave Room for Adapting

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to dress more professionally is going too hard too fast. In other words, people try to flip a switch, going from dressing casually to professionally in the blink of an eye. This is a mistake. You won’t feel comfortable in the clothes, and a sudden transition such as this will cost you more. Instead, take the time and slowly adapt and adjust. Do so by adding new pieces to your wardrobe as you can afford them.

Holding Yourself to a Higher Standard

The goal of dressing for success is about holding yourself to a higher standard. This means taking the extra steps each day to look your best. In other words, you need to hold yourself to a higher standard. This means leaving enough morning to finish the look, be it a manicured look or simply a clean outfit.

Consider setting out your outfit each night before you go to bed. This way, all your major wardrobe decisions will be made, making your morning all the simpler. And remember, you’re doing this for yourself!