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Vector illustration of speech bubbles“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.” ~Zig Ziglar

Whilst there is less formality about dress in the workplace than there used to be, it doesn’t mean that dress doesn’t matter anymore, it does. How you appear to other people will have an impact on how they regard you and how they treat you. If you look like a loser, people will treat you like a loser, unless you are absolutely exceptional in some other way. People like Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson may dress in a casual style but they never look scruffy, neither does Bill Gates. Every company has a dress code, even if it is not stated overtly. On Wall Street or in the City of London, generally some formality in dress is still important. In young technology companies, they tend to adopt a more casual style. Wherever you work you have to fit in. So you should observe the accepted norms of dress within that environment. However having a small number of very good quality items in your wardrobe is far better than having a lot of cheap tat to wear. Be casual by all means, if that’s the company dress code, but look smart too. In my experience if you dress like a winner people will take you much more seriously. And if they take you seriously you’ll be treated with respect. If you want to succeed in your chosen profession then you will find that being treated with respect by others is a necessary first step.

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