Making a lasting first impression

Mimo Kassis

In your lifetime, you will have many opportunities to make a lasting first impression. And to be honest, it usually starts with how you look. Whether it be interviewing for a job or impressing that certain someone, you want to make sure you look the part. Keep it in good taste.

Styles change, and sometimes it may be hard to keep up. But no matter what the case, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure it out. Fashion comes from within, so you do not necessarily need expensive clothing to make you look like a million bucks. Confidence is key, and when you look good, you feel good. Wear what you are comfortable in. Discomfort shows through when nervous or flustered, so every little bit helps.

There are a few different sides to personal style. Certain occasions call for dress up and others for dress down. So why not incorporate your personality into the ideal guidelines of wardrobe for these specific occasions.

Job interview:

Keep it classy and professional. Ladies, keep those fingernails at a reasonable length. Too short is not lady-like, and too long looks a bit on the trashy side. A nice button-up blouse and a knee-length skirt, along with a nice pair of heels, gives a feminine, professional look that can help boost your confidence and make you look like you know what you’re doing, even when you don’t.

Don’t cake on the makeup. Leave the crazy shadows and red lipstick in the 80’s and get with it.

Dress like the position you want to have. If you want to be the big boss, you better look like you should be!

School:

Our place of education has definitely become a runway for the latest trends, but keep it on the comfy side, If you are walking from one end to the next, the last thing you want to do is wear uncomfortable shoes.

On the other hand, Saddleback is in the top ranks for schools with the hottest chicks in California, so do your thing girls. Strut your stuff, but do it in good manner.

Gym:

Although one usually looks horrible after a workout, it doesn’t mean she has to go in looking beat up. Comfort is key, and wearing outfits that have a wide range of motion always helps to make your workout easier and more enjoyable.

It’s hard not to stare at someone when they are working out on the machine right in front of you, so if u must be stared at, give them something to talk about. Avoid the big sweats and multi-colored shirts that don’t match. Baggy clothes get in the way of a workout, so wear fitting clothes that you are still capable of moving in.

First Date:

This one usually takes the most time, depending on where the date is taking place. But you also don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard.

Do not go out of your way to look like someone you’ve never looked like before.

Keep it personal. Reveal little things about yourself in the way you dress. Maybe wear a favorite color or a piece of jewelry that means something to you and may help to spark a conversation.

People usually have a different perception of you than you have of yourself, so do a good job of portraying it.

If you are punk rock on the inside, make sure he sees you for who you really are and ROCK ON!

Leaving a lasting impression takes much more than just the way you look. However, the road to success starts somewhere. So when attempting to play a role, look the part before you attempt to act it.

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