Your first impression is always a lasting impression. Appearances matter, and you will be judged based on what you wear and how you carry yourself. It takes just seconds for a person to form an opinion about you based on appearance. “55% of another person’s perception is based on how you look” and “75% of recruiters believe that how a person dresses for work affects one’s job, salary, and possible promotions” (http://wingsforsucess.org). It is critical that you maintain a good appearance, present yourself as respectable, and as professional as possible whether it is for interviewing purposes, or while engaging in networking events for a prospective or current job. Your clothes are responsible for 95% of the first impression, which influences your ethos. You want to be taken seriously.
Remember to keep your colors neutral, classy, and covered. Black, navy blue, and gray are general colors that are considered business professional. Be sure that your clothes are well fitted.
Remember: if you are not sure how to dress for an event or interview, it would not hurt to over dress. It is better to be overdressed than under dressed. It also never hurts to ask.
Refer to the CCP’s Guide on Professional Dress for tips and examples.