Business Dress for Women: Making Impact

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Buying a suit can be an important investment when you are trying to improve your look for business or career advancement. Wearing a standard off-the rack suit for business or a job interview does not always mean success. Fit is very important. The outfit may be great but if it does not accentuate your positive features or is not the right color, you will not look as good as you can.

Start by determining your body type and then choose the suit that will look best on you. For instance, if you are a triangle shape you are smaller on top than bottom and will want to bring the eye across the shoulders to create the illusion of greater width at the shoulders. Choosing a business suit with horizontal lines can achieve this effect. Choosing the perfect pants, skirts, accessories and even shoes will depend on your body shape.

Some things to consider:

1. Spice a gray or black suit up with vibrant colors such as burgundy, blue, violet, rust, green etc. You need not look boring just because you are dressed in gray or black.

2. If you are applying for a position with a new company or are trying to look more professional in your present company, take a look at the company's dress code and what the other employees are wearing. Your outfit should not make you appear under or over dressed.

3. Give your business outfit more pizzazz by wearing scarves with different patterns and colors. Take into consideration your size; you body proportions and the features you are trying to accent.

4. Make sure your shoes are in good repair, complement your outfit, give your leg the desired effect and are stylish. Being stylish doesn't mean the latest fad but instead a look that is timeless.

5. Make sure that you buy items for your business wardrobe that coordinate well with each other, saving you money and time.

6. To make sure you have the look you desire buy a full-length mirror so you can always check yourself from head-to-toe before leaving home.

Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who teaches women how to dress to suit their body type and look fabulous. You can reach her at to download her ebook, "Image Makeovers" and get "How to Build a Wardrobe" ebook free.

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