First Impressions

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s the end of August.

I know, just let that sink in.

For those of us who are still students, the end of August means more than just losing the summer heat, it also means losing the summer freedom and carelessness. To make this transition a bit better for you (I know you love me that much) my next several posts will be school themed! Today’s post however could be used for just about any occasion such as a job interview, meeting the family of a significant other or just day to day style tips.

I took a class many years ago on how to make a good first impression, and while the class taught about all sorts of topics like posture and body language, the one part that really stuck with me was the fashion aspect.

As stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe once said, “Style is a way to say who you are, without having to speak”

I’ll be giving you a run down of the do’s and dont’s of making a good first impression with your style. The right top, pair of pants or shoes could make all the difference to a college admissions official or a potential boss.

I’ll take you through a list of do’s and font’s and I’ll explain each point and how they could hurt or help your look.

Color

Color is very important when you want to make a good first impression, you don’t want your look to be too harsh or too boring.

Dont

  • Don’t wear red. The color can be very harsh and intimidating.
  • Don’t wear all white. This color head-to-toe can make you look like you try too hard. Also, this color can be associated with being naive.
  • Don’t wear all black. This can be a bit too intense. Obviously.

Do

  • Wear pastels. These colors are very easy on the eyes.
  • Do wear tans, beige and camel colors. These tend to give a down to earth vibe.
  • Wear blue. This color is considered the friendliest, which is not a bad vibe to give ever.
  • For a pop of color, if you must, wear either orange or yellow, as these are the happiest colors.

Style

The type of clothing you wear can also be very important. Rather than focusing on what is trendy at the moment (aka please DO NOT wear lace) this may be the time to bust out some classic pieces, like a white button down.

Dont

  • Don’t wear ripped anything. Leave your boyfriend jeans and your shirts with holes at home.
  • Don’t wear too much hardware. If you have a pair of pants with zippers all up and down them, these may not be the best. This also includes any articles of clothing with lots of sequins or rhinestone embellishments.
  • Don’t wear a t-shirt dress. Don’t do it. Please.
  • Don’t wear anything too baggy. This can make you look sloppy, which is not a look you want to go for. (Unless you do)

Do

  • Do wear clean cuts. No frayed edges, please. Clothing with clean cuts make you appear cleaner.
  • Do wear a blazer. Whether its a casual boyfriend blazer or a Ralph Lauren one, these are usually a good idea. Pair them with jeans to be casual or with trousers.
  • Do wear appropriate clothing. This is very important! This is perhaps one of the most important style rules. If you’re going for a college interview there’s no need to wear a matching pant suit. If you’re trying to become the assistant to a CEO, don’t wear jeans.

Accessories

  • Don’t wear a designer bag. There’s one big rule when it comes to handbags or watches in an interview (this tip is especially for jobs) do not wear an item that could be too flashy or look like it costs more than something the boss could afford. This would mean if you’re going for a librarian assistant position, Prada is a nada.
  • Wear one statement piece, not many. I would advise against wearing a statement necklace with chandelier earrings and a bangle stack all at once.

Those are the majority of my tips! I will certainly be showing you guys what I wore this week (yes, I start my mental descent aka beginning of school today) but I must disclose something to all my readers.

Honestly, I am at the point where I no longer care to dress differently for the first week or few weeks of school. Let’s be honest, there is no point in wearing a blazer one day and then wearing ripped denim and flannels for the rest of the semester.

I say this to say, dress how you want to dress and be who you are. I would never tell you guys to be someone you are not to impress others. This post should just serve to give you some guidelines for a major event or to answer style questions.

Keeping all of this in mind, good luck to you all if you’re reading this before an interview and for those of you heading back to school

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Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!

3 Comments

    • August 26, 2015 / 5:37 am

      Thank you so much for your support! Would love to collaborate with you sometime!

      • August 26, 2015 / 5:40 am

        That sounds like a great idea, I’m on a bit of a break before the next semester starts so that would be super 😃 What in particular would you like to collaborate on?

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