I have a weird love for random music. One of my favorites a few years ago (and I still rock it in my car sometimes today) was “I Look Good” by Chalie Boy. Now, you may be wondering how this coincides to Social Media or Online Reputation, well here goes it.
Perception is EVERYTHING in our world today. The way you carry yourself, present yourself, and even view yourself is how people will see you. The 1st impression is honestly the most important part of networking, interviewing, and in general….life. While most people will tell you to have a good suit to give a good impression, I think it goes deeper.
Having confidence in yourself is something that can make anything you wear, stand out. Believe me when I say that I don’t own a suit. I don’t think it fits who I am as a person, it doesn’t reflect my personality, nor give the impression that I want people to have about me. HOWEVER, even though my outfits aren’t suits, they are professional and give people a sense of who I am. I can pair a bright colored blouse with a gray pencil skirt, add a belt and heels …. ta-da, my outfit!
Here you can see an example of what I would piece together … The bright color embraces personality while the structured skirt gives a touch of professionalism BUT the item that is rocked the best is her smile! This conveys confidence in that “I Look Fly, I Look Good” sense (and yes, I do say this to myself on occasion as reassurance…especially when putting on an outfit for a business event).
You can create outfits that give a professional impression from the clothes you wear already, you just need to know how to put them together and have confidence that you look good. Believe me, it took me a bit to master this, and I still question my choices at times…but then I just remind myself that “I look fly, I look good”. As a college student and freelancer, I know that budgeting for “professional” attire is hard, so I try to buy basics that I can incorporate into my daily personal/professional life and am comfortable wearing.
Now, how does “looking good” matter w/social media and online reputation…well, PICTURES SAY A THOUSAND WORDS! While you’ll be meeting people in-person, the pictures taken at the networking event, school function, etc. will most likely always end up online. Presenting an overall polished look that reflects you as a person will allow others online to see you, form an impression of you, want to get to know you more!
Believe that you look good and you will outshine that person next to you. Perception is everything, but that doesn’t have to include a $500 tailored suit. You just need to let your personality shine thru with a smile.
And if you need more insight into how to pair clothing together, check out my Pinterest board as I regularly post professional outfits that I find for men/women that are simple.
Now….for your viewing pleasure (and for me as I get ready for a networking event tonight) … “I Look Fly, I Look Good” by Chalie Boy.