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The Clothes Make the Man…and the Woman!

Whether we want to admit it or not, we form several preconceived notions and stereotypes based on what a person is wearing. In fact, within just 7 seconds of someone catching sight of you, they make thousands of computations : Are you someone to approach or avoid? Are you friend or foe? Do you have status and authority? Are you trustworthy, competent, likeable and confident?
Getting people to listen to you, hinges on an important message – and you need to dress that message appropriately. More often than not, your grooming and fashion choices will change the way people hear what you say. Who you are and the value of what you have to say changes based on how you dress yourself.

With all that in mind, not all of us have the budget to change our wardrobe on a regular basis or invest in high end clothing. So here are a few tips and tricks for dressing yourself well on a budget…

  1. Find a decent dressmaker or tailor

High quality attire that fits you superbly is expensive. Clothes that fit relatively well, however, can be fixed with some simple tailoring. Keep your eyes open for bargains and sales of high quality clothes that may not fit perfectly but can be altered cheaply.

2. Remember your audience and the message

Carefully consider who it is you’re trying to influence and why. Do you know what they care about and why it is important? Knowing the answers to those questions will enable you to present yourself in a way that focuses on these ideals. When you think about who you are talking to, you may be surprised to find that the most expensive route is not always the most effective one.

3. The Darker the Better

If you’re shopping for a wardrobe on a budget, buying clothes in darker colours is a better idea as the quality of fabric and construction will not be as evident. This is also beneficial if you are prone to spilling food on yourself – darker clothes hide stains better.

Whatever message you are trying to convey to the world, never forget that the clothes you put on that message will determine the way it is received. So dress it carefully…

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