I love fashion and firmly believe you should be yourself and celebrate what makes you unique in life, but I’ve also learned that the office might not be the place to celebrate your inner fashionista to the max. So, I’ve compiled my guidelines to help you decipher what to wear for every occa-sion. I hope these fashion guidelines give you some insight into how to feel and look your best, whether moving up the corporate ladder, heading out for a date or becoming the life of the party.

Tip 6: Dress the Part

Many young women in business wonder why people do not take them seriously. One of the ways that they can manage this is by “dressing the part.” Knowing what to wear can make all the difference in how you’re perceived at the office. The more professional you dress, the more you change the image of a young girl in business to a professional woman in business.

Unfortunately, the way you present yourself starts with how you look, and a lot of that has to do with your outfit. Take cues from successful women around you and work to make your own unique look a professional one. As women age and gain success, they are often afforded more options in how they dress. Note styles they’re wearing and have fun translating those looks to your own ward-robe.

Of course, there are some caveats. Successful women can harm their image when they are over the age of 40 and are dressing in a manner that might have been suitable when they were 20. I struggle with this, too! At 41, it is hard to see beautiful fashion out there and not be able to wear it any longer. In these moments, I typically take a picture of myself in the outfit and send it to one of my girlfriends who I know will keep me in check. Often times, she tells me to change out of the outfit, and I do…sadly. I know, though, that it is important to project the image that you want people to receive from you. At the end of the day, I want people to hear my words much more than I want them to look at my outfit.