[continued from a few days back]
The ideal look is one that makes you noticed, but allows you to slip into the background. Try to avoid dress that is too ethnic; it’s fine that people accept you on your terms, but don’t force them. A sari may be a very beautiful dress, but it’s not for the workplace; it limits movement, and it draws too much attention to you. Short skirts should also be avoided; the shorter the skirt, the cheaper you look, and you should never look cheap enough to be rented by the hour.
Ties should be debated, as women don’t need to wear them. If you do, go short; if you can get away with cute, why not go for it? A single color tie is best, one with a simple pattern is okay, but avoid fun ties at all costs; the idea is to be taken seriously, and a fun tie usually detracts from that.
Also, don’t wear a cologne-based perfume; try for something more floral. Floral perfumes don’t usually triggering allergies and thus have people asking you to leave, and they also tend to be more memorable; if they remember your fragrance, then they will likely remember you as well.
Remember that your natural appearance is part of your appearance; skin should be either dark, white, or tan, and you should be somewhat athletic. This is not because you need to adhere some outdated model of classic beauty; it’s because you learn discipline at the gym, and that discipline will show itself in a number of ways. Besides making you a better leader, it also makes your posture better, allows you to move much more efficiently and gracefully, and makes you more aware of your surroundings. Not only are those admirable qualities in anyone, but they also add to attractiveness.
By keeping in mind how you appear to others, you can create an appearance that sets you apart from others, giving you a slight trace of the exotic, which further enhances your appearance. And appearance can be everything!