Why You Need To Dress Smart Plus 3 Simple Tips

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Why You Need To Dress Smart And 3 Simple Tips

I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women 
more beautiful, but also to reassure them. Give them confidence. 
-Yves Saint Laurent

Do you know why you need to dress smart? 

There's a psychology behind this. It goes beyond fashion statement.

Do you notice that people treat you differently if you look more presentable? They seem to be more interested about what you have to say and caters to your need when you look like you mean business.

On the other hand, you dress sloppily and some people look at you like "You don't belong here. You're just wasting my time. You better leave."

That's from a personal experience, yes.

judging the way you dress
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It's cliche but first impression matters. Especially in business.

Most offices have dress codes for their employees to follow. Smart casual, semi-formal, or what our office calls dress up.

Same with some restaurants, government offices and other establishments. You can't go in if you're wearing slippers, sleeveless shirts or tattered jeans.

Sad reality

Society judges you by your appearance first. It's sad but it's the truth. 

I don't agree with this superficiality

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:2)

My friend's dad (so humble and rich) walked into an appliance store looking like a broke dude. No one paid attention to him at first.

So, everyone's surprised when he paid for multiple items---in cash.

judging the way others dress can be a mistake

Why You Need to Dress Smart



If you're attending a seminar about financial investment and you get to choose who to listen to, which of these speakers would you pick?

a.) dapper man wearing an expensive suit
b.) a guy in a worn out shirt and jeans who looks like he skipped shower

Whether we like it or not, we are preconditioned to believe or respect more those who look more presentable.

When you dress smart, you increase people's perceived status about you. You command respect.

Dress smart for respect

(Side note about women dressing for respect: As a woman, I hate it when people blame the victim for getting abused because "she dressed like she's asking for it". 😤

Sexual assault doesn't happen because of the woman's dress. It happens because there's a sick person who thinks it's okay to abuse women.

It's never about what the victim is wearing. #StopVictimShaming)


"Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it." -Lady Duff-Gordon

Yes to that 100%. 

In a job interview, dressing smart helps boost your confidence and makes you look competent.

It leaves the impression that you're responsible enough to care about your appearance and you're serious about your job.

Your physical appearance may be a reflection of your inner self, but it also works the other way around. 

How you change your look affects how you feel inside.

I don't know about you but when I'm in my high heels, I feel like I can conquer anything.

Dress smart for confidence


Your wardrobe says a lot about you. 

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." -Rachel Zoe

Dressing up is not just about the expensive brands. Not everyone cares about the price of your clothes, honestly.

What's important is how you present yourself, how you're able to pull off a style without breaking the bank. Or how creative you could be with how much you have.

Dress smart and bring out your personality

Here's how to dress smart in 3 simple ways.

3 Simple Tips on How to Dress Smart

1. Invest in the basics.

You don't have to spend on designer brands to look smart. Just invest in the basic items. Buy tops with solid colors.

Neutrals, pastel or rainbow colors, choose whatever suits your taste. Choose what makes you happy. Just because you need to dress smart doesn't mean you should look boring.

There are versatile pieces like button shirt top that can be worn as a dress or a shawl that can be converted multi-ways.

What's important is that you're happy and comfortable with your ensemble.

Invest in the basic colors

2. Accessorize

Choose accessories that are easy to mix and match with your outfit. Find pieces that are classic and can be a statement piece.

Belts, shoes, jewelries can transform a basic looking outfit to a remarkable ensemble.

Adding a pop of color can bring a monochromatic drab attire to life.

Put an importance to finding the right pair of shoes because it can make or break your outfit.

Accessorize your outfit

3. Blazer 

Blazer completes the smart look.

Find a good blazer. There's something about blazers that make you look like you're serious about business. And it helps when it gets cold in the office too. 😉

Choose the right color and the right fit.

Blazers are also versatile. You can wear it with your office attire, over a casual or formal dress or layer your overall look.

Choose a smart blazer

What's your favorite go-to piece for your smart casual look? Do have tips to share?

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  1. Ohh, smartest is loud and clear in these fashion trends. Loved.

  2. I agree that it's generally better to be overdressed than underdressed!

  3. I always keep in mind to dress in age appropriate clothes!
    Thank you for the link. I will check out their website :-)

  4. Great post, Lux, and I especially love the first outfit in your photos. :)

  5. Lindos looks amei, obrigada pela visita, bom final de semana.

  6. Lux these proposals are all fabulous!
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  7. Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing :-)

  8. This is a fascinating read, thank you! I do think some people do respond better to other's when they dress with care...

  9. I like that frayed bottom.

  10. This is sound advice that many can benefit from reading. I know first hand that how a person dress drastically affects how people view you.

  11. I actually love dressing smart! Formal wear is my favourite kind of wear and I think I have more formal kind of things than I have normal clothing... whoops >.> But I just can't help but love it quite a lot. So this post makes me happy! I agree with all those reasons :3

  12. Although appearance is not everything, I agree that one needs to dress properly and dress well depending on the occasion :)