The old adage is quite true. When we conform to the professional world both physically and mentally we are bound to succeed. However, with that being said…….when you work in an environment where the dress code is quite laxed, and the only people wearing suits is management, the mental mindset is undoubtedly what determines whether you will continue up the promotion ladder or not.
I am quite lucky in that I’ve been promoted 4 times in the past 12 years. In the federal government you are promoted on merit and you take exams which will determine your current skill set, and, if you’re able to take on the additional responsibilities of the next higher grade. What you wear is not as necessarily important as what you know.
I have seen various forms of dress from sweat pants to suits. For myself, it depends on my current mood as to what I’ll pick out from my vast array of “vestments” from my colorful closet. Today was a “blah” kind of day.
sweetly pointed out I was dressed as all the others. I knew I was and yes, it was also a wake up call to perhaps step out of my comfort zone of jeans and t-shirt and break out my summer dresses and tasteful blouses.
I also realize if you dress for success it actually does affect your psyche. I do feel prettier and far more professional.
Just today wasn’t the day.
Perhaps tomorrow I’ll release this funk and create a fresh start. Certainly my mood warrants it.