It’s a tough job market out there. Most people are looking for any edge they can get, and the first step in that process is to look good.
This blog will give you tips on how to look handsome in the workplace so that you can start impressing employers from day one!
– Keep your hair looking good.
– Facial hair is great for those who can’t grow a full beard because it’s less noticeable and requires less maintenance (e.g., shaving, trimming).
– If your hair is curly, straighten it first before styling it down for work. This will make the style look more polished and professional.
– If you have hair on your face, shave it off.
– If you’re bald or close to being so (i.e., have thinning hair), invest in a good wig and/or get your scalp tattooed with hair.
– If you’re not balding, keep your hair short and comb it neatly.
– If you’re bald, wear a hat! You’ll look suaver if your head is covered and it will help keep you warm in the winter months.
– If your hair is longer, use a volumizer and/or curl it to look more professional at work or in job interviews.
– Make sure to shave any visible facial hair, such as a goatee or mustache if you have one, so that it’s not noticeable and looks neat (even though most people will be too caught up in what they’re saying/doing during the workday).
– Wear clothes that fit you well.
– Make sure your clothing is clean, fresh, and wrinkle-free.
– Keep it light and fresh by swapping out a dark tie or jacket for something more neutral like brown (or even pastels).
– Whether you keep it short and professional, or long and sleek, make sure the style is appropriate for your work environment.
– For men of color, in particular, avoid styles that might draw attention to their ethnic backgrounds (e.g., cornrows). This will help establish a more individualized look.
– Wear makeup that matches your skin tone to avoid looking like you’re wearing cover up or too much foundation. This will make you look more natural with the little effort you have to put in.
– Avoid wearing too many accessories or jewelry because this can become distracting for others and may detract from what they’re saying.
– Wear fitted clothes that are made of natural fabrics such as cotton. This will make sure that your clothes look professional and don’t feel too tight on you.
– Wear a suit jacket with an expensive shirt, even if the rest of your attire is less formal (e.g., jeans). You’ll look more like someone who takes their work seriously but doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
– Wear a tie that matches your suit jacket and has simple design details, such as stripes or polka dots.
– Wear cufflinks if you’re wearing a formal shirt with French cuffs. Otherwise, wear a nice watch to add some personal flair to your outfit.
– Wear a belt to emphasize the waistline for men or camouflage any muffin top if you’re a woman.
– Get fitted for shoes at least once per year so they don’t start sliding off of your feet.
– Wear black dress socks in the winter, white ones in summer.
– Dress for what you want to be seen as and not what society tells you is attractive. You are a unique human being with your own preferences, so take ownership over how you look!
– If it’s too cold outside, wear an extra layer underneath.
– Wear a monochrome palette to look clean and fresh.
– If you wear glasses, make sure they’re the appropriate shape for your face.
– Makeup should only be applied as needed or when going out at night. Use light colors on the eyelids with dark eyeshadow in the outer crease for an easy, natural look.
– Use soap to wash off any excess oil on your hands after touching up or applying makeup so that you don’t leave behind smudges on everything you touch.
– Choose clothes that are appropriate for work environments so they’re neat, tidy and comfortable enough for the day’s activities.
– Make sure your clothes are clean and free from stains.
– Brush your teeth at least twice a day (morning and night) to avoid bad breath, which will make you look less attractive and more unprofessional.
– Use deodorant each morning after showering or bathing so that people won’t be able to smell the unpleasant scent of your body odor.
– If you wear glasses, invest in a good pair and keep them clean.
– Wear cologne or perfume so that you have an attractive scent (just make sure to not overdo it).
– Wear an undershirt or a tank top underneath your clothes to avoid sweat stains.
– Wear professional and stylish clothes that look like they’re tailored for you, so that you look sharp at work but not overdressed.
– Dress appropriately according – dress more formally during meetings and less formally when working on projects by yourself in the office. Make sure to dress conservatively when dealing with the public.
– Make sure you’re wearing clothes that fit your body well, so that they don’t look too baggy or too tight. When in doubt go for a more fitted look rather than oversized clothing.
– Wear closed shoes (no sandals) as open ones can get dirty quickly.
– Your shoes should be shined and your belt should match the color of your suit (or pants). You don’t want any surprises when it comes to what’s underneath all those layers!
– Make sure you wear the right shoes with these outfits! You don’t want to show up in an interview wearing dressy sandals when everyone else is wearing closed-toe pumps.