For a lot of men, their work wardrobe requirements don’t change much from year to year. It’s usually suit-and-tie, with the occasional business-casual outfit, and as long as you have those basics covered, you’re fine. That said, if you’ve been coasting along with the same few outfits for several years now, here are some reasons why it’s definitely time to start updating your style.
1. Like it or not, how people perceive you matters. Although it would be nice to live in the fantasy world where no one cares about appearances, that’s not reality, and how you come across to others can make a huge difference in your business success level. Your boss, your coworkers, and even your clients will notice if your clothes are outdated, ill-fitting, or simply look worn out. Updating your work style can affect how you’re treated in the workplace, and can make people notice you more and look at you in a different light.
2. How you perceive yourself matters even more. When you look your best, you feel better about yourself, and when you feel better, you perform at a higher level. This domino effect can extend to small differences like improved posture and more confident body language, or larger things like higher energy levels and bolder decision making. Over time, these changes can easily translate into more tangible benefits like faster career advancement.
3. An up-to-date style keeps you relevant. Probably the worst thing that can happen do you in the world of business is to be dismissed as irrelevant or behind the times. After that, no one cares about what you do, so it’s important never to seem like you don’t care about what’s happening right now. Keeping your style relevant may seem superficial on the surface, but your clothes are an outer reflection of who you are on the inside. It’s up to you to decide whether you want that outer reflection to show someone who isn’t interested in keeping up, or someone who is slightly ahead of the curve in every way.
5. Updating your wardrobe is not just about you. Not only will a style update benefit you directly, for a limited time you can turn your old work clothes into a new opportunity to make a difference for others. From now until November 4th, you can take advantage of our 22nd Annual Trade-In Sale, and bring in your old suits, sport coats, slacks, shoes, and ties. Use the trade-in value to help you get your work wardrobe up to to date, while the donated items and five percent of the proceeds benefit Goodwill. It’s truly a win-win situation, so there’s no reason not to come in right away!