Dressing for success includes your outfit, personal grooming, and accessories. Clients and investors pay attention to details, and so should you. Even the briefcase you select says something about who you are.
The following tips for adding accessories to your business wardrobe will help you look your very best.
It is fine to wear tasteful scarves in the office; just make sure they are accessory scarves and not winter wear. Tie your scarf in an infinity knot or go with a simple knot — resist the urge to be trendy and tuck it into your belt.
Choose colors that complement your overall look and not that compete with it. If you wear a chunky scarf, size down your jewelry (and skip wearing a necklace).
Avoid wearing large or costume jewelry. Earrings should be conservative and small. Necklaces should not dangle between cleavage, and bracelets should not make noise. Do not wear ankle bracelets, but do wear a conservative watch.
Purse colors should coordinate with your shoe color. A good purse should be small, but easy to open in case you need to find an item inside.
Pantyhose should be a neutral tone and compliment your suit or dress. Avoid wearing hosiery with patterns and lines. Carry a bottle of clear nail polish in your purse to dab on snags and runs to stop them from spreading down your leg.
Portfolios and padfolios are preferred over briefcases and should be padded in a neutral color. If you take a briefcase, it should be as small as is practical for your needs and made of leather in a neutral color.
Your car is not an accessory that you wear, but it is an accessory you are likely to take to business functions. Always keep the inside of your car clean and free of children’s toys and clutter.