Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
Many professionals who are eagerly seeking promotions, and employees who go unnoticed despite their outstanding performance, might be victims of the same mistake—they aren’t dressing the part. These career-minded individuals are ready to take the next step up the corporate ladder, but their wardrobe still says “entry-level”. They need an upgrade, but their budget requires reasonable prices. Personal stylist Kim Turner has written a new e-book that can help — ’25 Ways to Polish Up Your Professional Image with Little to No Money’ is now available at for $1.99.
Just as she does in her FashionCents.TV blog, Turner takes a sensible and cost-effective approach in this short, easy-to-read guide geared towards employees who want to look their best on the job. The advice in her book is essential for career-minded individuals looking to advance in the workplace and provides valuable information for new professionals as they start their careers. “It isn’t about buying expensive clothing,” Turner says. “It is about making what you have, no matter where you purchased it, work hard for you. So don’t let a budget keep you from looking smartly stylish.”
Tips in the book fall into four categories: 1. Keeping what you have in great shape, 2. Grooming, 3. In the office and 4. When you buy it new. The information Turner offers may surprise many career-focused individuals who believe that a professional wardrobe requires costly maintenance. According to Turner, there’s no need to dry-clean garments after each wear. Even clothes worn weekly can be dry-cleaned once a month. And no need to replace that great pair of shoes that are perfect for the office. A trip to the cobbler and a few dollars can make them almost as good as new.
Turner’s advice reminds professionals about simple things that may get overlooked particularly in corporate settings that have become more casual. Even in a casual environment she says, “You lose all credibility when your apparel is wrinkled.”
Cheryl James, vice president of human resources at a Fortune 500 company, echoes that sentiment. Simply complying with the dress code may not be enough—and may make it harder—to get noticed for that promotion, even if you are doing an exceptional job at demonstrating your ability to work at the next level. “You have to dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” James says. “At the end of the day when you walk into a room, people make an assumption about you. Even before you open your mouth, they have formed an opinion.”
Ignoring Turner’s tips, even when professionals are buying new clothes for their work wardrobe, can diminish the positive impact of that new outfit. She advises to take the labels off the sleeves, open up those stitched pockets and remember to remove the labels off the bottom of new shoes because “everybody doesn’t need to know what you paid for them.”
‘25 Ways to Polish Up Your Professional Image with Little to No Money’ can help professionals at any level upgrade to the look they want. “You will find that taking the effort to do these 25 things will give you a more polished wardrobe and stylish appearance, and who knows you might find that you will be more confident about yourself too,” Turner concludes in the book. “An improved appearance and confidence gets noticed, trust me.”
About Kim Turner
Kim Turner has an MBA from the University of Michigan and an Image Consulting Certification from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is a personal stylist in the city of Chicago with both corporate and individual clients. Her goal is to help her clients make the right style statement everyday without breaking the bank. Contact: Kim Turner 312-498-3079 or kim(at)fashioncents(dot)tv
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