When looks matter, it matters how you look. First impressions go a long way, so dressing for success cannot be underestimated. Clothing makes a statement! Hence, this article covers tips that will help teens and young adults project a professional image yet maintain their uniqueness.
Avoid inappropriate clothing.
What’s inappropriate? Anything that’s too tight, too short, cut low, revealing, sagging, or bagging is inappropriate. All of the aforementioned send the wrong message. A leader is always under the microscope; someone is always watching.
Build on the basics.
First of all, young ladies need at least one dress. Yes, dresses are still in vogue. Second, young ladies need at least two skirts and two blouses; white is not only classic, it is a necessity. By the way, if the dress or skirt is not lined, invest in a slip. Third, find a jacket that can be worn with either a skirt or slacks.
Even a tailored jean jacket can be worn with dress slacks or khakis. Fourth, young ladies should purchase at least two pair of dress shoes, flats and heels. Finally, jeans are okay as long as they are clean, ironed, and a good fit. Unless you’re working for a sports organization, avoid tennis shoes.
Young men, on the other hand, need at least one suit, two shirts, two ties, and a nice pair of dress shoes. Occasions will arise when you need to attend a special event. As for daily attire, a pair of khakis, a shirt, and casual shoes will work.
Where can you find these items? If you’re short on cash, visit a local thrift store.
Accessorize with taste.
Less is more. With that said, avoid large, bulky, and gaudy jewelry. On the other hand, a pearl necklace is classy and essential. Think twice before piercing your lips, nose, and eyes. If they’re already pierced, remove all jewelry before going to an interview unless you’re applying at the tattoo shop.
Wear clothing that fits your body type.
Nothing is worse than seeing a nice outfit on the wrong person. If you are not sure about what works best for you enlist the help of a fashion consultant. While you’re at it get your measurements and find out what colors complement your complexion. Once you discover what fits your build, stick with it.
Make sure your clothes are presentable.
Leaders don’t look like they just rolled out of bed. So, make sure your clothing is clean and ironed. If you’ve never ironed, now is the time to learn.
Keep hairstyles conservative.
Stay away from loud flashy colors and wild hairstyles. Braids, locks, and natural looks should be well-maintained. A fresh hair cut for a young man does wonders.
Try to avoid tattoos.
Tattoos tend to send the wrong message. If, however, your goal is to lead a motorcycle gang, it really doesn’t matter.
In closing, youth leaders exude confidence, and their style of dress says it all. Make the right statement by looking like the leader in charge. Remember, you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.