Workplace dress codes are not what they were even just twenty years ago. Gone are the days when every office across the board expected all employees to be fully suited up, and some companies no longer even require men to wear a button-down shirt with a tie. So if your boss says you can dress casually at work, is there any point to making more of an effort?  There certainly is – here are just a few of the ways that looking your best every day can benefit you in the business world.

Dressing well helps you get ahead. Have you ever heard that you should “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”?  People in positions of power may say that it’s okay for employees to dress down, but you’d better believe that they take notice when someone chooses to go the extra mile anyway. In the world of business, how you present yourself matters – whether you’re trying to impress clients, colleagues, bosses, or all of the above.

Having appropriate clothing can help you stay focused. Creating a clear line between the way you dress for business and the way you dress when you’re at home can make a huge psychological difference to your concentration level. If your brain knows that your custom suit and tailored shirt mean it’s time to get down to business, you’ll be on your A-game and do a better job when you’re dressed that way. It’s all about creating a complete atmosphere that defines who you are when you’re at work.

Showing your style makes you memorable. In a corporate world where more and more people are spreading Casual Friday to every day of the week, dressing to impress now goes further than it ever has. Wearing a suit makes you stand out from the crowd in a good way, and the better the suit is, the stronger the impression you make. Little extra touches like designer accessories and the perfect shoes will ensure that no one ever confuses you with someone else.

Most importantly, dressing well is good for your self-esteem. Nothing beats starting the day by looking in the mirror before you leave the house and seeing yourself looking your absolute best. If you do this a couple of days in a row, it’ll change your week; if you do it every day, it’ll change your life.

As we head into the last month of the year, we’re all thinking about what we’d like to achieve in 2019. If you want to improve the way you feel about yourself, change how others see you, and get ahead in the business world, it’s time to step up your style game and start dressing for the success you know you deserve.

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