I know we can all recognize the incredible comfort of sweat pants, t-shirts, and UGG boots, but none of the aforementioned items of clothing help me to get to know you. On the days when we try to look our “best” our underlying style and personality begin to show.
We pick outfits that make us look and feel good because “best” is something only we as the individual can perceive. This is something different for each of us; for me I love a nice pair of skinny jeans, a simple top, and an oversized scarf. I love to mix up stylish comfort. I didn’t develop my sense of style overnight, but it has been nearly consistent to the point of expectation for years now. Even better is that all I need to do to make my favorite outfits professional is to switch out my jeans for a pair of dress pants. I look and feel not only good, but like myself. For many students that come to see me this will be their first foray into a dress professional setting. I don’t expect you to look like you’re going to a board meeting; I expect you to look like you.
Something else quite wonderful happens when we try to look our best: Confidence. If you spend just of bit of extra time before coming in to meet with me to pick out that perfect outfit you’ll feel better while you’re here. You’ll be more open to exploring, meeting people, and thinking only about asking questions of me and not asking yourself if you wore the right shirt, pants, or shoes. You know you look good. It’s hard to go into a new place for the first time not knowing what to expect; I can do my best to prepare you during my introduction call, but those first few steps into the school are brand new and a bit daunting; you think, “I could be walking through those doors every day, pretty soon.” The outfit that you wear can be your armor and I can guarantee that the way you’ll carry yourself while you’re here will be different.
I can always tell when someone had trouble picking out what to wear; they never seem quite comfortable in their own skin. They’ll be in dress pants that have probably only found their way out of the closet once or twice before and a simple top that they tug and pull at as we go on the tour. It’s not to say that they don’t look nice; on the contrary, they usually look quite professional. They just don’t look like themselves. Professionalism mixed with your unique style is a road we will help you to navigate while you’re here. The first time you meet with someone at Empire, dress like you. That’s the person I’m most excited to see.