We are constantly trying to achieve something: someone wants more money, someone is looking for the perfect partner. And those who give up are unlikely to achieve what they want. A personal stylist told us about what image will help you get the desired position, succeed in negotiations and “knock out” a salary increase without any problems.
We owe the symbolic perception of colors, shapes and textures to Carl Jung and his theory of the collective unconscious. It was he who suggested, and then proved, that these seemingly insignificant nuances carry powerful images to which we all react about the same. In other words, red is always passion and intensity, cashmere is a symbol of comfort, warmth and luxury, and a triangle with the base down is an invariable association with the female sex. Knowing these and other codes of perception, you can easily manage the impression of yourself, which means you always get what you want. And now about everything in order.
What should I wear for an interview?
Going to a meeting with a potential employer, of course, it is important to demonstrate your best qualities: professionalism, endurance, diligence, sociability, ability to adhere to regulations, cool mind and vision of the result. Restrained, cool colors will tell about all this: muted blue, gray-brown, dusty green, as well as shades of taupe, cocoa, latte and mocha. The presence of a jacket with a hard shoulder is mandatory, because this is how your future boss will understand that you can be relied on. A low, stable heel and a stiff-shaped bag are also desirable attributes of an outfit for an interview, they will indicate your unbiased position and the ability to be specific and collected.
How do I get a promotion?
The new position shines only for those who are able to show their high potential to the leadership. Not just the ability to cope with current responsibilities, but also the ability to take on additional responsibility, the talent to manage a team, stress tolerance and perspective. This will be illustrated by the traditional colors of the business environment (shades of blue, gray, white and brown), the almost complete absence of drawings, a simple and understandable set of things, as well as their cut and combinatorics. Jewelry includes stud earrings, a tiny pendant on an inconspicuous chain and an engagement ring. And there is no creative layering, unless you are applying for the chair of the creative director of a fashion house. And of course, a well-groomed appearance: a neat hairstyle, light makeup that emphasizes the freshness of the face, an elegant manicure in nude tones. All these nuances together will say for you: “I can, I will cope, I am worthy, and I deserve more.”
What is the reason to ask for a salary increase?
There is no smoke without fire. Money goes to those who treat them easily and are able to earn money by seeing hidden potentials and different opportunities. How to show it in your bow? It is better to ask for a salary increase in the clothes that are most comfortable for you (the same lightness, remember?). No, we do not suggest going to the boss’s carpet in sweatpants and a cozy hoodie. But it is also not worth wearing something new, just acquired and not yet fully appropriated. Choose things that are adequate to the situation on the one hand (business style is an ideal option), and on the other — do not cause itchy self-doubt. For example, if you are used to going to work in trousers, a soft blouse and elegant pumps, then this will be a suitable solution for talking about salary. As a “money magnet”, you can choose a palette of pink or mahogany, wine, as well as bitter chocolate – symbols of luxury, status and prosperity. From the drawings, place your bet on a cage and a discreet goose’s foot: the first will evoke an association with Scottish clans and their continuity, the second will remind you of elegance, charm and charm.
Effective sales palette
Offering something to someone, first of all, we ourselves must inspire confidence. Otherwise, they will definitely not buy anything from us. You can strengthen a trusting impression of yourself with the help of a brown scale. After all, brown is a derivative of orange, the friendliest, sociable, cheerful and positive color. Gastronomic associations will also help to create the right impression: wine, nougat, caramel, cinnamon, the color of butter or vanilla, strawberry ice cream and tea. As for the textures, they are more likely to communicate, of course, soft and pliable fabrics, but not too thin, so as not to hint at characterlessness. From the drawings, it is worth selecting those that do not have excessive sharpness and barb in their geometry: after all, you are not selling, but are in a dialogue with the client, offering the best. In other words, place a bet on smart-casual and you will not lose.
Colors for successful negotiations
As in the case of sales, it is important to build trust in negotiations and demonstrate your reliability to future partners. In the language of color, this can be said with the help of green and brown, which, when combined, are associated with an archetypal symbol of prosperity, solidity, monumentality and rootedness — a sprouted grain or a tree with a wide trunk and a spreading crown. As a result, the overall impression of the onion, assembled in green-brown tones, will turn out to be very specific: you are a reliable person who has all the prerequisites for growth and obvious abilities to bring profit to the company. It seems that this is exactly what potential partners need? Complete the outfit by adding traditional colors for the business environment: for example, white, associated with cleanliness and impartiality, blue as a sign of respect for personal boundaries and working distance, and gray – an indicator of neutrality and versatility.
Personal stylist-coach, founder of a fashion blog.