Re: Avanti Group
7/02/2019 - Avanti Group
She explains “For me, part of our USP is our colourful approach to accountancy…no grey suits here…so when I dress for a work day, I choose an outfit that I’m comfortable and confident in, that reflects my love of all things colourful but also projects the image of a competent, professional who knows her stuff. Women no longer have to conform to formal suits to be viewed as professional. Your clothes should make you feel empowered”
Like it or not, before you utter a word you have started to create a first impression by the way you dress, and the way you carry yourself.
Pam Davis MD of Ipswich based Fashion Candy Style advises “As a personal stylist, I help clients find their own authentic personal style, make the best of your image and gain confidence to achieve your professional and personal goals. Looking smart is essential when you are attending a networking event. We all know that initial appearance is important as people form a subconscious impression of you. Most networking events these days have a very relaxed dress code, as most attendees are either, going to work after the event or coming straight from work to attend. You must look smart when you are networking, but it’s important to add your own personal touches to your attire”.
Victoria adds, “We were recently asked by a visitor to an event we were hosting, what do I wear? Our advice;
Reflect what you do, if you work within the trade industry, it would be unusual to see you arrive in a suit, so consider a branded jumper or T-shirt with smart casual trousers. Likewise, if you’re a professional who wears jeans, smarten them up with a tailored blazer. Anything goes, but remember people buy people, so make yourself approachable and marketable”
Ultimately the aim is to dress appropriately and professionally. Establish yourself as a successful person, which you can do by dressing the part. You don’t need to wear expensive clothes, but wear something a bit on the smarter side and leave the comfortable clothes at home.
Offering networking from as little as an average of £28 per month to new members (inc. joining fee), the next time you dress to impress at a business networking event, make it Avanti Networking.