First impressions – they matter!

Man and lady are walking across the road looking professional in outfits

Your style image – Is It Important? Whether it’s in personal and professional life, the first impression is often one of the most enduring.

With the advent of video conferencing and more flexible working conditions, it can be easy to drop your personal image standards. You don’t always have to look your best every day, in fact it’s impossible, however, your next big client or friend could be influenced by how you first present.


Not everyone values style the same. Sometimes older generations may perceive an untidy style as not being worthy of respect. Whether we like it or not, we all make assumptions on how people present. Whether you are deliberately making a new contact or it happens out of the blue, the clothes you wear can determine how your message is received.  

It’s not about fitting in, but more about, not fitting out.  If we all looked the same we would be poorer for it. Presenting a good style image does not mean you have to wear a suit or buy a new wardrobe every season. It means taking a few simple steps and being organised. 

To iron or not to iron…. That is the question! A wise manager once highlighted the different style image between Baby Boomers and Generation Y. Her observations included how Gen Y didn’t seem to prioritise ironing clothes and that Baby Boomers did. Below are some tips on how to fit yourself out better. 

6 tips to help your first impression matter 

  1. Buy clothes that require minimum ironing. Many fabrics require minimal ironing.
  2. Hang your clothes out as soon as they are washed. To avoid wrinkles, shake out your clothes before hanging them out.
  3. Spend that little extra on a decent iron and board. A clean device and good temperature control will avoid scolds. 
  4. Do your ironing while listening to a podcast. One suggestion is Generations Based Marketing 
  5. Get someone else to do it. Connect with the older generations who like ironing.
  6. Or alternately, help stimulate your local economy by paying someone to do it. Is your spare time best-spent ironing or networking for your next big break. 

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About the author

Lisa Mangelsdorf

I confess that I work to live rather than live to work. But when I can combine my passions into my work, I work best. This blog brings together discussions about one of my passions which is connecting people. I endeavour to fight the norm by chasing flexible working options and change seekers, hence my involvement with this blog. I'm fortunate to be connected with a global team at GAIA Insights. Retaining Gen Y within the workforce is an issue for most businesses across the globe. For help contact us because we know EXACTLY what they want from the workplace and we can help your business retain that key talent.

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