I’m not suggesting you run out and purchase a $1,000 suit; however don’t forget Rule #7 – you’re being judged. With that said there are considerations, the industry you are in, the culture of the organization, and some careers were there are uniform requirements.
Attention to detail is as important here as it is with your work. Yes, first impressions are lasting impressions. You might be surprised the opinions formed of individuals with scuffed, worn shoes, frayed cuffs and collars, bad breath or plaque, weekend work under the finger nails and of course inappropriate attire for the environment. Don’t let your appearance distract from your good work. If they are talking about what you wear versus what you do, you might consider making some wardrobe changes. Where appropriate, consider dressing for the position you want, versus the position you’re in.
At the same time create a style that gets you noticed – in a positive way. With that said, think Barack Obama versus Tupac, Lauren Bacall versus Lady Gaga. Buy the best you can afford. Nothing tight; loose, yet well fitting cloths portray quality. Keep it simple; don’t go over the top with jewelry, or makeup for the women.
Be attractive. Being attractive is more than simply physical attributes, nose, eyes, shape, figure etc. it’s about style, what you wear and the way you carry yourself, your appearance. Beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder, but you can take time with yourself and influence what others see. Develop charisma, charm, a’ life is great’ attitude, have presence and personality. Sit up straight, walk tall, proud and assured. These things are easier to acquire than looks anyway.