3 SECRETS TO A POSH NETWORKERS WARDROBE
THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED
Article by Toya Styles
Philosophy of People
Magazine: Issue #18
We all know first impressions are incredibly important, I don’t care what people say looks matter in business. You can stand on that soap box if you want to and be absolutely forgettable. When you are networking you want to be remembered. Now this is not where you close a sale, this is where you make a lasting impression through networking, so when you follow up with potential clients they actually remember you!
Here are my 3 secrets to acquiring a tantalizing wardrobe that will help you make a lasting impression.
1. The Fit - If you read my blog posts you have soon realized I am the tailor’s advocate. The majority of us simply buy clothing off the rack as opposed to custom-fit. These generic items of clothing are created from a flat pattern. You, on the other hand, are not flat. So you need a tailored suit. Everyone should have a dark colored suit in their closet. Pants should be properly hemmed, jackets tapered at the waist are just a few must haves. The difference in the tailored and off the rack can leave a lasting impression on future clients.
2. The Color - Let’s face it, everyone cannot wear every color. It is important to learn what colors work best for you; I personally cannot wear yellowish greens. Taking the time to pay attention to this detail makes all the difference. People will subconsciously or consciously react to your appearance, so lets not distract them with bad color combinations! You always want to steer clear of garish colors that might overpower you and distract from establishing a connection with the other person.
3. The Flair - I know you are having an “Office Space” flashback but I promise this is not as corny. Once you have the fit and the color down, next comes flair. The flair, in essence, is a conversation starter but in essence it is just your personality made tangible. It could be as simple as a gorgeous red lip or an ornate hair clip. Something that catches the eye above the chest like a pair of vintage earrings or an adorned lapel pin. Why is this a secret? Think about this... when attending a networking event you encounter many people, some of which you remember the interesting ones, especially specific details about them such as their turquoise earrings. So be rememberable!
Philosophy of People is a compilation of self-improvement articles written by entrepreneurs seeking to bring holistic solutions to everyday problems. Read more articles from our 2nd Year Anniversary issue.
Toya Styles is the Social Facilitator, equipping self employed CEO's to take center stage in their business by cultivating networking, goal setting and assessment skills in her Social CEO Prep! Check in with Toya online at Toya Styles.