Dress the Role
Simply put, you can’t just dress and continue to act like an associate and get the role of manager. Dress for the role that you want instead of dressing for the role you have. Putting the time and energy into your look is critical to the creation of your character. In other words, if the script is being updated, the costume needs to also be upgraded.
The costume you have will allow the people around you to identify all of the elements of you as a person before you speak or move. Costume doesn’t merely include the items on your wardrobe. It also encompasses the way in which you communicate, how you carry yourself and in fact, your overall presentation.
If you happen to be an actor and you will be auditioning for a specific role, the chances are good that when you walk into the waiting room with the other people auditioning, you will be very similar to them. You might have the same build and height and have the same skill set and be of around the same age.
The question then is how can you ensure that you stand out?
Even though we aren’t all actors, this also applies to your everyday guy. Say you are in competition for a position in your company that has just become available or maybe you are up for a raise. This might be the ideal time to get a new “costume” and a makeover to both make you more comfortable and also to prepare you for the part or position that you are trying to get.
To get that promotion, be at work on time in clothes that have been freshly ironed. This could mean that you have a tie on and a tucked in shirt while all of your coworkers show up in ratty jeans. Dressing to impress is crucial if you want to get noticed, get that raise and a promotion. Overdress even if it is just for networking. You will make an impression that will last.
Remember that you are the actual star of your own life so dress like it.