Sunday, May 8, 2011

Reinvention 3: Look The Part You Play

By Will Deyamport, III, MSEd

"Dressing for success today means looking positively unforgettable. Yet, most of the people I know who are not moving up have one thing in common: they don’t look polished and professional. Too busy taking care of their customers and bosses; they haven’t paid enough attention to their physical fitness or wardrobe choices. And that’s a shame, because all of the research I’ve read points to the fact that about 65% of communication is visual. So, make sure in reinventing yourself, your packaging is fresh, relevant and reflective." - Robin Roffer

Since I have moved back to Mississippi, which is a lot warmer than Boston, I don't wear suits like I used to. Here, I've adapted my wardrobe to not only reflect the climate, I've refined my look. I like to tell people that Vice-president Joe Biden is my fashion role model. I like how he's old school but with a foot in the present. That's exactly how I dress.

Most of the dress shirts I own are French cuffs in the color blue - though I have 2 white ones for more formal occasions. My favorite collar is the spread collar; however, I do wear pinpoint ones. In lieu of the jacket, I wear sweater vests, and I have traded in my belts for braces. I never thought that I would wear those, but I like how authoritative and executive they look. My dress pants (pleated) are in navy blue, black, and grey - with variations such as pinstripes. I only wear black shoes, and I never leave without them being clean.

Physically, I don't look like I did in Boston. I've let myself go, but I am working on getting my suit sexy back. To get there, I will be following Dr. Roizen's and Dr. Oz's dietary advice in their book You On A Diet. I will also be walking, hitting the treadmill and doing some weightlifting for toning.

I have until April of 2012 to get myself suit sexy. That's when I'll be able to actively pursue full-time positions at a university. In the meantime, I'll be working my plan and completing my dissertation - which hopefully, I get the approval to start in the Fall.

Next month will be my last posting following Robin Roffer's "4 Things You Can Do Now To Reinvent Yourself." As always, I welcome your feedback.

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