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Dress for success - 
the Buckmaster Hawkey guide

Dress for SuccessClothes maketh the man, style maketh the woman.

It may sound clichéd and superficial, but the fact remains that when you arrive at an interview or business meeting, the first impression you make is with your appearance. That impression starts with the receptionist who greets you and then carries through to the people you meet - and pass in the hallway.


Your appearance can say a lot about you, so if you want a successful career in property, your wardrobe and grooming is something you should consider and manage carefully.


The property industry tends to have conservative dress expectations so to fit in and be successful, your dress sense and grooming should always be professional and in a classic style.


You can make the right impression with your appearance by following the Buckmaster Hawkey Dress for Success Guide.

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Women

Let’s face it; women not only know fashion, to some extent they tend to judge and be judged by what they wear.


If you want to be seen as the right material to be employed and promoted in the property industry you should ensure you own the ideal work wardrobe.


Your work wardrobe needs to include:

  1. At least two well-fitting skirt suits. At least one of these should be in a darker colour
  2. At least three elegant tops, shirts or blouses
  3. Panty hose 
  4. Leather handbag 
  5. Court shoes


Most organisations will expect you to wear a suit and dress conservatively at work. That’s exactly the way you should dress for an interview.


Your suit should be no more than three years’ old and in a classic style - avoid the latest trend or worse, a short-lived fashion look from a few years ago. Wear panty hose and conservative shoes and ensure your whole look is neat, trim and proper.


There are a few don’ts as well. Plunging necklines, open toe shoes, bare shoulders or exposed midriffs are absolute no-nos and skirts should be no shorter than two fingers above your knees. In other words, you should look like you’re ready for work - not a party!


Grooming 
Before you go to an interview or property meeting, you should pay attention to all facets of your grooming.


Glasses
The right pair of glasses will give you a strong, professional and fashionable look. Wear your best pair - and make sure they’re clean!


Sunglasses
Remove your sunglasses before you enter the office and place them in your bag. Don’t leave them resting on top of your head!


Hands
Hands are bound to be noticed. Ensure your nails and cuticles are in top shape.


Hair
Make sure your hair is neat, tidy and stylish!


Make up
Light makeup will help enhance your look but keep it professional. Lip stick and light foundation are a minimum.


Accessories
Ensure your accessories are neat, trim and proper and complement your overall look.


Ear Rings
Choose conservatively and avoid dangly, flashy earrings.


Tattoos
Where ever possible, cover tattoos before an interview. They will only create a distraction and leave older interviewers with the wrong impression.


Piercings
Remove any visible piercings before an interview. They may look good on the street or at a party but they’re unlikely to create the right impression with older interviewers.

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Men

As a guy, you already know that looking great in a business suit can be hard to get right, but getting it wrong is dead easy.


Whatever you do, ensure you get your work wardrobe right because the proper look is an important factor in ensuring you make the right impression at an interview.


Your work wardrobe needs to include:

  1. At least two well-fitting business suits
  2. At least three business shirts - including a traditional white shirt and a light blue business shirt
  3. At least three neckties
  4. Black leather shoes and belt


Your suits are the foundation for your entire work wardrobe - purchase at least two that fit you well.


Look for single-fronted, two or three button suit jackets with one or two vents. Navy blue and charcoal are the most favoured colours and if you like pinstripes, choose thin chalk lines in a classic style that won’t go out of fashion. Avoid double breasted suits, multi-colour pinstripes or suits with a heavy check. 

Your suit pants should fit you comfortably around the waist with the bottom cuffs touching the top of your shoe’s heel.


A classic cut, dark coloured suit may never go out of style, but neckties will. New York and London style experts now estimate that ties have a fashion life of only ten weeks!


While wearing ties is optional in many work places, you should always wear a tie to an interview. Fashionable silk ties can be bought for as little as $25 and can give your suit exactly the right look. Light colours with uncomplicated patterns are generally best. Avoid red and black coloured ties, ties which are wide or skinny and any tie featuring a cartoon character!


Wear your tie with a half Windsor knot and with its bottom touching your belt buckle. Never wear a striped tie with a striped shirt or jacket. When it comes to your shirt, ensure the cuffs and collar protrude at least one centimetre from your suit’s cuffs and collar.


If you have a shirt with French cuffs, your cufflinks should have a silver coloured frame and be no larger than 1 centimetre across.


Grooming 
You should pay attention to all facets of your grooming at interviews or business meetings.
Glasses If you wear glasses, choosing the right pair will convey a strong impression that you’re both professional and fashionable. Wear your best pair but make sure they’re clean.


Sunglasses
Remove your sunglasses before you enter the office and place them in your satchel or pockets. Don’t rest them on the top of your head!


Hands
Your hands are bound to be noticed. Ensure they are clean and that your nails are cleaned and clipped.
Hair Neat, tidy business hairstyles are favoured for men. If you have waves and use product, keep it tidy and practical.


Ear Rings
Avoid wearing earrings to an interview. Even small studs may convey the wrong impression.


Tattoos
 
Where ever possible, cover tattoos for an interview - they will only distract and older interviewers may be left with the wrong impression.


Piercings 
Remove any visible piercings before an interview. They may look good on the street or at a party, but they’re unlikely to create the right impression with older interviewers.

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