During a negotiation, you want to demonstrate different professional qualities. That is why it is important to make a good first impression. A more conservative and formal work outfit can support you in this. Although comfort should not be forgotten either.
Read in this blog post how to combine the formal and comfortable for your next negotiation outfit.
Why a conservative outfit works during negotiations
It will maybe look like a typical corporate outfit – the black pencil skirt and white blouse combination – but this time it will play in your advantage.
Especially when you work in a male dominated industry or work environment, you will be faced with the challenge of prejudices, being taken seriously and speaking up for yourself.
This more conservative outfit will create a certain calm around your outfit, so that less attention is drawn to it and it is not subjected to prejudice. It will give you more of a chance to be heard, which is what negotiations are all about. It gives you more room to show off your communication skills.
Comfortable yet professional negotiation outfit
Negotiations are stressful, demanding, and sometimes unpleasant. Wearing an uncomfortable outfit would make it even more unpleasant.
So don’t choose a pencil skirt in a stiff uncomfortable fabric. On the other hand, a pencil skirt in a too light fabric that crumples quickly and has no shape does not look professional either. Opt for a pencil skirt that emphasises your silhouette – yes, you can play up your feminine charm in a subtle way during a negotiation – and has an ease of movement.
Sweat can also break out during negotiations. A blouse in a light breathable fabric that feels like a second skin is therefore a must have during a negotiation.