With summer internships winding down and the first day of class on the horizon, it is important to think about lasting impressions and first impressions. As you leave your internship, you want your supervisor to look back on your experience with positivity. (A glowing recommendation wouldn’t hurt either.) However, as you head to your first week of classes, you want your new professors to get the feeling that you take school seriously and are there to learn. A big part of making a good impression, whether first or last, is your appearance.
Being well-dressed goes a long way in making an impression, just ask this Fashionisto. He looks polished, professional and fashionable all at the same time. His trick? Putting his own modern take on classic pieces.
For starters, I love that he opted for gray slacks instead of the traditional black suit pants. Gray is universally flattering and a great neutral. Plus, the lighter color allows you to still embrace the lasting few weeks of summer weather. As with any dress pant, it is important to make sure they are well-tailored. Baggy and ill-fitting dress pants come across as sloppy. By opting for a slim-fit dress pant, like this Fashionisto, the look is instantly more polished.
His leather portfolio also caught my attention. So often, Fashionistos opt for bulky computer bags or backpacks to tote all their daily necessities in. To me, there is nothing more jarring then seeing a well-dressed Fashionisto carrying a casual nylon backpack. If you are going to work hard in putting together a fashionable ensemble, don’t forget about your accessories. This Fashionisto’s leather portfolio is clean and chic. It is still large enough to hold important documents and an iPad. Plus, it just looks far more put together then a casual backpack.
Follow in the footsteps of this Fashionisto and I am sure you will make a lasting impression on all who spot you.
Hint: When investing in accessories, tan leather is always a great option. As discussed just last week, tan leather is neutral while still adding a pop of interest. For Fashionistos, look out for tan leather portfolios and loafers as you start your back-to-school shopping.