The Naked Truth About Business Attire and Great First Impressions

As you move along in your changing career path, you’ll want to make a great first impression at every opportunity. This will include being aware of what you’re wearing, and where you’re wearing it.

Unfortunately, making a great first impression can be blown in less than 10 seconds simply because of inappropriate attire. The fact of the matter is that people will judge you based on your looks. Oh sure, they may have a pleasant conversation with you, and even take your business card. However, they know they won’t recommend you to their network of friends and colleagues because you don’t look the part.

If you don’t take your attire seriously, those you meet won’t take you seriously… not a good thing if you’re looking to make a splash in a new career.

Make a great first impression by dressing as if you’re a leader in your field. There are dozens of sources of information about dressing for success. Here are the five points I believe to be the most important:

1. Keep your shoes polished

It never ceases to amaze me at how often this point is neglected. I’ve seen men and women wear great looking outfits, and then have the look ruined by unpolished or well-worn shoes. This can be easily remedied by a little elbow grease on your part, or by taking them to your local shoe repair shop. I’ve found a few that not only polish the shoes by machine; they then buff the shoes by hand, and add a glossy finish to the welts. That extra touch helps you to stand out for the right reason.

Also make sure your shoes are in good repair. You shouldn’t have excessively worn heels and soles. Make sure that the laces aren’t frayed. Don’t forget to use shoe trees to help your shoes keep their shape.

Under no circumstances should flip flops be considered appropriate footwear in the business world, unless your business is located on a beach, near a pool, or in a locker room.

2. Have your clothes tailored/altered to match your current physique

You can spot a poorly fitted outfit a mile away. If you want to make a favorable impression, make sure your clothes fit you properly. If it’s been a while since you tried on your clothes, go through your closet now and do so. Make sure your clothes aren’t too loose or too tight. Are all of the buttons and fasteners intact? Did you grow another inch? Then have your pants cuffs or skirt hems lowered to match your new stature.

3. Dress appropriately for your new profession, and for the area in which you live

I believe you can never go wrong with dressing conservatively (suit, tie, dress white or blue long sleeve shirt or blouse, etc.) however, if your new career won’t be in the corporate world, your new “work clothes” may be a bit more casual. That doesn’t mean sloppy.

When meeting with others, maintain a sense of professionalism by wearing “business casual”. In the words of The Career Center at Virginia Tech, “business casual” is “crisp, neat and… appropriate.” This would include wearing a navy blue or black blazer, polo shirt or blouse, and dress pants in a complementary color (usually gray, khaki, or tan). During the cold weather months, wearing a turtleneck or a sweater is fine.

If your new career is one in which you’ll get dirty, make sure you have a set of clothes that are your “meeting clothes”. They aren’t to be used for anything but business functions. This would include a collared shirt, well-kept jeans, and clean work shoes.

Observe what others in your new profession are wearing in your part of the country. Proper attire on the east coast will be different than that in the southwest or Hawaii (though you will see some people in a suit there too!). Since we’re looking at making a great first impression, don’t be too casual until a solid foundation for your business relationship has been laid.

If you have tattoos, cover them until you’re firmly established in your new career. In some companies and professions, they’re definitely frowned upon. Always remember, you don’t want anything to detract from your skills and talents.

4. Personal grooming counts

Use cologne and perfume sparingly. Keep your hair neatly trimmed and styled. If your hair is dyed, make sure it’s a conservative color. You want to stand out from the crowd because of your skills and talents; not because your hair is the color of a famous clown.

If you have facial hair, make sure it’s neatly trimmed. The “stubble” look should be put aside until you’re established in your new gig. Keep your fingernails clean and trimmed to an appropriate length.

Women should also go with a more conservative approach in makeup and nail polish. The more natural your look (within reason); the better.

5. Wear jewelry to highlight, not overpower

For men, there should be no more than one ring on each hand, located on your ring finger. A nice wristwatch is optional. For women, this is not the time to go overboard with clanging bracelets and oversized earrings. Piercings in places other than your ear lobe shouldn’t have any adornment. You want people to pay attention to your credentials and what you’re bringing to your new career; not how loud and distracting your jewelry is.

As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Don’t let your clothing ruin that for you. Take the time to look at your wardrobe from the standpoint of those with whom you’d like to connect, and make an impact for the right reasons.

Wedding Dresses: The 5 Whites Out There And Which Is Best For You

You’re a future bride. The wedding is fast approaching and you need to choose from a huge selection of wedding dresses which is only adding to your stress.

Tradition dictates that you choose a white gown, after all, white is always right for a wedding, no?

The answer is yes AND no, as there are actually many shades of white and despite them only being subtly different in some cases, the wrong shade could really clash with your skin.

Here’s what you need to know about white and which shade you should be choosing for your wedding dress:

There are many different elements to consider when choosing the ideal wedding dress, but one that is often overlooked much to the bride’s misfortune is the shade of white that the dress is made in.

Pure White

This is the ‘whitest’ of white colors, perhaps like chalk. This is not the only white and in fact it is too extreme for many skin tones. Believe it or not the best white for brides with dark skin tones, as it can make paler brides look too washed out.

Diamond White

This is still very white, but it is very slightly ‘off white.’ In pictures you’d have a hard time differentiating between this white and pure white, but the naked eye should be able to see. This is the standard color for wedding dresses worldwide and so don’t be surprised to find your dress in this color as it suits most brides’ skin tones.

Ivory White

Like an elephant’s tusks, this white is slightly creamy colored and has slightly yellow undertones to it. As such it is a good choice for Caucasian brides with quite a normal or even slightly pinkish skin tone.

Champagne White

Champagne is quite creamy white, but also has a slight pinkish hue that you can often see better in bright light. Asian brides will prefer this color as their skin will often be more tanned and with a slightly yellow or olive undertone which works really well with the champagne color.

Ecru White

Ecru is even warmer than champagne and is best described as looking similar to linen’s color. It isn’t really suitable for brides with olive skin, like Mediterranean or Asian brides. As it’s quite an unusual color for wedding dresses it’s not so likely to be seen in many weddings and so could be a good choice for brides seeking to make an impact with something different.

So as you can see, even white isn’t so simple when choosing a wedding dress, but luckily if you’ve taken this advice you can avoid a white faux pas and look dazzling, not dull, on your special day!

If you are still wondering where you can find white wedding dresses then don’t leave it too late! Log on to the internet today and check out the many online stores, as there you’ll find the best choice and cheaper prices than in stores across town!

Want Better Sex? Dress for the Part

For many people, one of the lures of sex is the chance to be naked with another person. But what if they could have even better sex by staying clothed? For some couples, especially those who have been together for a while, it can pay to dress up for sex – in a manner of speaking. Wearing a little outfit to bed won’t take the place of maintaining excellent penis care, but it may add a little zest and zing to that thing called lovemaking.

Not role playing

Deciding to dress the part for sex isn’t necessarily about role playing – although couples should definitely investigate that as an option for keeping the sexual fires stoked. Role playing involves taking on a whole new persona, pretending to be someone else, in order to add a sense of excitement, mystery or intrigue to sexual escapades.

No, what is being discussed here is simply the idea of having sex while clothed – in some degree or another. It’s an experience that most people have had at some point in their lives. But often it’s something associated with days when sex was furtive for a person. Clothes remained on because a couple was making out in the backseat of the car or on the sofa in the living room, just a few steps away from where a parent or two was lightly sleeping.

When people become adults, it’s something that occurs less frequently. Yes, a “quickie” in the bathroom of a bar or in the supply room at work may involve simply a loosening of the fly and a lifting of the skirt. But more often sex becomes about getting totally naked with another person. And that’s a lovely and quite enjoyable thing.

A change

But engaging in sex while clad becomes exciting when it’s something a couple hasn’t tried for a while. In some cases, it brings back those memories of the early sex days, and that adds a renewed touch of excitement. It may also allow a couple to fantasize that they are with one of their earlier lovers. (This doesn’t mean they regret sleeping with their current lover, but people may like to fantasize about a different person in their arms on occasion.)

But there also can just be something arousing about being with a person who is partially clad. For example, a man who sits down at the breakfast table wearing a shirt, tie and socks, but no pants or underwear or a woman who greets her lover at the door with bare breasts is presenting a very sexual image.

A little says a lot

There are any number of ways a person can present themselves in a partially clad manner. Men can simply enter a room with their fly down and their penis out. A woman may wear a blouse and thigh-high hose with no panties or skirt. Being bare but for socks, a hat or a scarf can add an extra sense of allurement to a situation.

Sometimes a couple may start out in a semi-clad manner but completely doff their clothes when they get into the actual sex act. But others find that keeping some clothing on while becoming intimate heightens the experience even more. There’s no right or wrong – only what helps get the couple excited.

Opting for a dress-up situation is one way to look for better sex, but a man also wants to make sure his penis is in proper shape for any kind of activity. Regularly applying a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help maintain that precious health. Ideally, the selected crème will contain both acetyl L-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid. The former is an amino acid which helps protect against peripheral nerve damage from rough sex (which can be fun but can cause damage). The latter is a potent antioxidant that attacks the free radicals that can lead to aging, wrinkled penis skin. Alone, these two are bang-up ingredients; together, there’s a synergistic relationship that makes them even more effective.