One of the most important pieces of advice on living the life you want is to act your way into that life. If you want to become a personal stylist, then look like one. Think very carefully about your fashion choices to make sure that you present the image of one who can be trusted to have great style.
Alternatively, if you want to become a model, work out regularly and practice your walk every chance you get. Treat the street as your ramp.
Pretending to be the person you want to become will strengthen your actions. At the same time, it will develop your sense of self.
Among the most important components of acting your way into the career you want is looking the part. Appropriate clothing is a must. However, some people are just not naturally gifted with a good sense of appropriate style. Even if they’re considered smart and creative, the struggle is real when it comes to dressing for the career they want.
If you have the same problem, stylists from top modeling agencies share their top tips to help you dress for success in the career of your choice.
8 Top Tips to Dress for Your Dream Career
1. Reflect on yourself to identify your authentic personal style.
You do this based on where you want to go and what you want to achieve in life. If you’re aiming for a career in PR, for example, think of the places the job will take you and how your personal style can fit into that setting.
You don’t have to deviate from what you naturally want. However, you can create looks using your natural style that seamlessly aligns with the standards of the profession.
Always picture yourself and your style in the usual setting or situations of your dream career.
2. Look your age.
As much as possible, don’t get heavily into trends because trends can date any look. Know what clothing pieces look good on you instead of subscribing to what’s “in.” This way, your outfit choices are always appropriate for your age.
3. Invest in pieces that are classic and offer great functional mileage.
These will demonstrate your attention to both quality and practicality. For any career, classic pieces always work because they’re universally acceptable and quite versatile.
4. Be consistent with your style.
Don’t manifest your personal professional style only when you need to impress people in the industry which you wish to belong to. You want your style to speak about what you do wherever you find yourself.
Dressed up or dressed down, your style should be identifiable and it should embody the career you want.
5. Consider hiring professionals to choose clothes specifically for you so you can be the perfect visual representation of the career you want.
This is a great strategy in making your life goal as serious as it can be. Invest in the professional services of a stylist who knows what’s work-appropriate and can marry that with your personality and sense of style. Most of the time, an outsider’s perspective is rather enlightening and it will serve your advantage to fully understand how the way you dress speaks about you.
6. Identify the clothes that make you feel like the person you are and the person you want to become.
The smartest way to go about this is by picking the perfect adjectives to describe how you want to be perceived through your outfits.
For example, “no-nonsense.” Do you want to look like a no-nonsense professional? There are straightforward ensembles that will show that you take things very seriously and that you tackle jobs with a clear purpose and sense of efficiency.
Know your adjectives and improve your clothes selection process.
7. Wear your height
Standing tall (especially if you really are tall) will make you stand out whatever your outfit may be. Also, it will create an air of confidence around you.
8. Find role models.
It’s good to have style inspirations to direct your outfit choices for the career you’re aiming for. Create a collection of pictures that you can refer to when you need to look your best to impress.
Dressing is a fantastic way to express your individuality and accomplish your goals. The tips provided here can help you dress your best for your dream career.
Jessicka Bell co-founded the Agen C, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the Agen C now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.