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You can look polished and professional in 5 minutes – there’s no excuse


Gone are the days of excuses. If you’re an executive,looking polished and professional is essential.  It is about knowing who you are and presenting yourself with true confidence, credibility and a style that is reflective and complementary of who you are.

Interestingly, there is actually evidence to suggest that dressing in a way that makes you feel empowered will actually help you become more powerful. In 2012, researchers at Northwestern University came up with the term “enclothed cognition” to describe the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer’s psychological processes.

Imagine feeling excited about getting dressed every morning, knowing you have items in your wardrobe that will take you from desk to dinner in a flash. This allows you more time to focus on your work and your areas of expertise.

Your wardrobe is not just the clothes you wear but one of your most powerful marketing tools. It’s how you differentiate yourself using detail, colour and style.

Here are my 5 top tips towards a polished, professional wardrobe:

  1. Set up your wardrobe like your own mini shop. Do a stocktake. Identify gaps, and always shop with a plan. This alleviates the impulse purchases we have all made.
  2. Explore organisational, space-saving solutions. You don’t have time to rummage through your closet. If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it.
  3. Always be open to having your pieces tailored to better fit your body. It can mean the difference between looking average or polished.
  4. Understand which colour/styles best suit you. This is also a useful tool for developing your brand.
  5. Invest in classical, timeless pieces and use accessories to create your own unique style.Try a great bag, killer heels or earrings.

You deserve to have a wardrobe that reflects who you are and where you aspire to be. Stop waking up each morning uninspired and start being excited about your day ahead. If you are stuck and don’t know where to shop or what to buy, it may be worth investing in an accredited image consultant. With a polished, professional wardrobe, you can put your best foot forward with ease, every day.

Come and see for yourself at our next business women’s networking event, Champagne Diamonds,where I will show you my insider tips and tricks to looking polished and professional in 5 minutes, from desk to dinner!

Join us for this exclusive evening of substance and style, networking and pampering, luxury and inspiration. With strictly limited spaces, this fabulous evening is not to be missed.

Find out more and book now:

About Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis, founder of Style Confidante, is one of Australia’s leading personal brand, image and empowerment specialists. Her 1:1 sessions, corporate workshops and networking events empower professional women to elevate their confidence, visibility, influence and style. For more information, call 0405 440 366 or visit

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