Psychological studies at Princeton, NYU, and Dartmouth have found that people judge you in a matter of milliseconds after meeting you. In fact, people judge you so quickly that they often form an impression before their eyes can even focus… That means your appearance as a Realtor is crucial.
Fashion, what you wear and how you wear it, is a huge part of that appearance. It has such a huge impact that wearing a suit can even affect how you think.
In order to help you avoid the harsh judgment of your leads, we worked with stylist Dina Sherer, and HR Expert Laura Hendrick to find out what NOT to wear to work as a Realtor.
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- There is literally no combination of words that when written on your chest will make you look professional.
- Ripped jeans, or jeans in general, are banned at many Manhattan brokerages that have written dress codes.
- The whole “I’m so busy I literally just ran here from my yoga class” look does not show people that you’re a super hard worker
While you can, of course, get away wearing them under a skirt when it’s cold out, wearing leggings to work will make you look super unprofessional.
If you’re still not convinced, millennial fashion darlings American Apparel actually printed out a warning on their leggings that said ‘THESE TIGHTS ARE NOT PANTS”.
There is literally no combination of words that when written on your chest will make you look professional.
Think about it. What possible phrase or brand will make you look like a competent, experienced, local market expert?
Even wearing a T-shirt from your brokerage’s annual gala will make it look like you forgot to put your clothes in the dryer before you ran out of the house. Not a good look….
You’re not only revealing way, way too much to maintain a professional look, but they’re also damn hard to walk in.
Are you really going to bend over in front of your buyer to help her see whether or not there’s rot under a deck in a 9-inch skirt?! I didn’t think so.
Anything Leather That’s Not a Bag or Belt
If you’re anything like me, you spent a fair amount of your time as a teenager bopping around to the Ramones and The Clash wearing your favorite black leather Perfecto jacket.
You were young, head a head full of dreams, and nothing and no one was going to tell you what to do.
Think about that message today. Does your seller want a Realtor who is defiant and cool or a Realtor that puts their head down and grinds out a sale?
Sad I know, but it’s time to retire the black leather jacket to the back of your closet, or to your next weekend warrior night out.
You may as well wear a sign that says “I’m more interested in being comfortable than working hard.”
Don’t worry though. Shoe comfort actually has a lot less to do with bounce and softness than you think it does. Really. Ask your podiatrist!
Well made leather sole shoes that offer arch support are actually MORE comfortable after a day on your feet than those soft Adidas running shoes. They’ll also last you YEARS if you treat them right.
In fact, ripped jeans, or jeans in general, are banned at many Manhattan brokerages that have written dress codes.
There’s a very good reason for this. Jeans are for relaxing, not working. “People can be turned off by a broker’s clothes. If they looked like they just got out of bed or are too casual, it doesn’t give you the feeling that this person is taking care of themselves, you need to be put together.” Allison Dubuisson, Douglass Elliman Via: Real Estate Weekly
Anything that shows too much midriff
We know, Mariah Carey looked fierce in her frilly crop tops, but I have some bad news for you… You’re not Mariah Carey, it’s not 1994, and you’re showing a pied-à-terre in Murray Hill, not lip syncing on stage at the Grammys.
It shows them that you lack the ability to plan ahead.
Over the Knee Leather or Suede Boots
Plus they’re as uncomfortable as all get out which means you’re going to be uncomfortable, and look uncomfortable…
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