It shouldn’t be true, the important thing should be what’s on the inside, but people do judge by appearances. With no way to actually tell the truth of people’s character on a first encounter, there aren’t many options but to make some kind of judgement based on appearances: you undoubtedly do it too, even if you try to set it aside in favour of how a person behaves once you get to know them.
If you’re trying to make a good impression – and you should be! First impressions are absolutely vital, especially if you’re starting something new, whether it’s a job, a project or simply joining a club – then you should start with your wardrobe. Clothes makes the man, but as you decide what to wear, that means you have the chance to and to remake yourself depending on what you want to achieve.
If you’re trying to chase success at work, whether that’s a promotion or a new job, tightening up your professional wardrobe can be a great place to start (as long as you follow it up with working hard and achieving lots!).
A job interview is your chance to make a first impression on people who are making a big decision about your future, so you can’t underestimate what an opportunity it is. As well as making sure you have plenty of relevant experience to discuss, you need to make sure you’re presenting yourself well: in the absence of any further guidance a suit is rarely a bad choice, but if you can, find out about the company culture and try to meet it. Being slightly too formal is never going to held against you but turning up in a hoodie to a job where a suit and tie is the unspoken uniform isn’t going to make you look your best.
Health and Fitness
Similarly, you’re going to need a bit of a wardrobe rethink if you’re planning on being healthier but don’t have the appropriate clothing. If you can’t move easily and know you look out of place then you’re going to feel uncomfortable and struggle to find your motivation whether you’re joining a gym or jogging round the local park.
The importance of feeling like you fit in cannot be underestimated. If you’re worried about feeling like a fish out of water, then getting hold of some up to the minute athleisure from Blood Brother or other boutique online fashion firms gives you the confidence boost you need to make good on your resolutions.