Even though they say it’s what’s inside that counts but it’s not the only thing that matters when looking to land your dream job. Always remember that the first impressions matter and people will always notice how you dress and how you present yourself.
If you want to make a good impression and increase your chances of getting hired or promoted, dress for success using these 5 important tips!
1. Conservative is always the safest option
When it comes to dressing up for your job, being conservative is always the safest option at work, which makes things even easier for Muslim women. A long-sleeved buttoned up shirt or shorter blouse with blazer is good for modesty and comfort. If you don’t have a blazer, long cardigan is also appropriate to wear at work. If you choose to wear business suit, make sure that it’s fit or you can get it tailored.
2. Don’t go overboard
It’s highly recommended to choose solid colours that isn't distracting but enough to reflect your personality and aren't too loud nor too dull for your outfit. Try wearing black color if you want commanding color that shows authority. If you want to look seems calm and trustworthy, you can try to wear Dark Blue on important meeting or event. Grey also works great if you want to look sophisticated and confident.
Also for the hijab, it should be plain rather than patterned or very colourful hijab. But very subtly printed hijab is still good to wear at work. Do not forget to use pins and an undercap to hold your hijab so it doesn’t looks messy. Also, try to match your hijab with your blouse.
3. Try maxi skirts and long dress
Maxi skirts and long dress are also acceptable to wear at work. But please make sure that your skirt or dress doesn’t looks too casual and still appropriate for work-place wear. Many professional hijabi women wear maxi skirt and dresses at work and it’s definitely possible for you too. Just be careful about how you do it. Always wear plain-style and non-patterned dress if you want to go to important meeting or formal event. Avoid flashy fabrics such as satin, lace, or chiffon. Keep your look simple but classy.
4. Subtle pieces of jewelry
Always choose accessories that complement your clothing rather than distract from it. Well, we all know that accessories express your personality and accentuate your best features. But please keep it simple when you’re at work. Women in general tend to love and wear too many accessories. Always remember to avoid flashy costume jewellery and wear no more than one ring per hand.
5. Dress for the job you want
Dress for the job you want, not necessarily the one that you have. You should never feel pressured to compromise modesty in order to achieve a professional look. For some companies, not dressing professionally could be taken as an insult or offence. Because it will give people impression of the manner in which you carry yourself, your personality, enthusiasm and confidence.
The better you dress, the more seriously you will be taken and considered at work. We hope these 5 tips can help you to dress for your own success. Don’t forget to let your skills do the talking too.
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