This has been weighing on my heart rather heavily these days. I used to feel for bad for feeling the way that I do. I thought maybe I was shallow, and ultimately worried about the wrong things. But in all honesty, I know that I'm right. When you look a mess, I'm missing the message you were probably trying to send.
I am often attending conferences and networking events for my day job, and I'm always astounded by the number of professionals (in any field) who are thought leaders and influencers that physically look a mess. People that I KNOW have a coin to their name. And it seems as if they just don't care. Messy hair, ill fitting clothing, raggedy shoes. On the flip side, I'm always seeing aspiring businesswomen who look a mess as well. How are you going to prove to someone that you can handle their business, their financial baby, and you can't even keep yourself together?
I'm not sure why this concept is hard to digest for many, but I'm telling you from what I see day in and day out in the business world, many of you just aren't getting it. If you don't take your appearance seriously, I'm not going to take you seriously as a businessperson. Point blank period.
You've heard it a million times before "Dress for the job you want, not the one you have" and it's true! Look like money and you will attract money. Don't let your physical appearance be a reason that you actually repel business.
Let's just think about it this way. If I did my makeup horribly, would you trust me to make you look neat and pulled together? Don't even try to think of an answer other than "HELL NO", because you'd be lying through your teeth.