When it comes to health one of the quickest ways people can tell if you’re healthy or not is by looking at you. If you’re not healthy you won’t look healthy and probably won’t take time to really care for your appearance. Countless people have said that they find that just by putting on certain clothes they felt more confident, better about themselves, more capable and more focused. I’m always amazed how the seemingly littlest things can make such a big difference.
Let’s be honest, we all have our ‘lounge around the house clothes’ and some of us who are lucky enough to work from home don’t really get dressed up before sitting down to work each day. And that’s just fine, we certainly don’t need to look ready to meet someone really important every second of every day. It’s good to get out of the clothes that you wear to your job or to meet with clients and take time to relax.
But whether you work from home or not you most likely will still have interactions with people, whether that’s going to the grocery store, coffee shop, family activities, or to meet with a client. I enjoy my ‘house’ clothes as much as the next person, but unless you’re really sick or really pregnant I don’t agree that you should wear just anything when you go out. Part of the reason is because you are creating impressions everywhere you go anytime you go anywhere. People’s judgments of you isn’t the question, but rather it’s about you showing your best self to the world.
If you look put together and like you care about how you look, you’ll get more respect and usually have a better experience than if you go looking like you don’t care about anything. Your appearance is the first impression you make on someone, and while it’s always possible to repair first impressions usually we only get one shot. So don’t waste your opportunities and choose to put your best foot forward every day. If you’re not sure what your best foot looks like, make the time and investment to talk with a stylist to talk about the clothes, and hairstyle, and when appropriate makeup, that’s right for you.
I encourage you to put a little extra effort into your appearance each time you go out this week and see what a difference it makes for you personally and with your interactions with the world.