Here are 3 starter tips on how to leverage style as a business owner:
1. Dress to make an impression
In today's fast-paced and very visual world, first impressions are often made in a split second, especially on platforms like Instagram. Before prospective clients even delve into the details of your services, they'll make a snap judgment based on your appearance. Up to 70% of communication is non-verbal, which includes your clothing. To exude confidence and professionalism, opt for structured pieces like blazers or shirts, and maintain a cohesive color scheme. The goal is to look put together and trustworthy.
2. Incorporate a signature element or color
This is a powerful strategy for two reasons. First, it fosters recognition and helps to build your personal brand. When people see your signature color or accessory, they'll immediately think of you. Second, it builds trust. Having a consistent visual identity creates a sense of reliability and consistency. Think of it as your visual calling card.
3. Dress for yourself
It's not just about dressing for others - it's about dressing for yourself as well. Even if you're not meeting anyone during the day, what you wear can significantly impact your mood and productivity. The phenomenon known as 'enclothed cognition' demonstrates that the clothing we wear can alter our psychological states and performance. So, choose outfits that make you feel confident, capable, and ready to take on the challenges of the day. This will not only boost your personal mood and productivity but will also reflect positively on your business.
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At the beginning of our conversation, I've also shared how I started and grew my business in personal styling.