We all know that your mother thinks you’re the most beautiful and talented creature on the planet but in the corporate world – whether it’s morally acceptable or not – LOOKS MATTER a heck of a lot more than mom’s opinion!
Whether or not employers should put people on their scale of 1 to 10 hot-or-not rating meter, it happens no matter how many of them claim to make unbiased decisions when hiring. Just look at these statistics:
- Studies suggest that attractive people earn 5% more in hourly pay than their average-looking colleagues, who in turn earn 9 percent more per hour than the plainest-looking workers.[i]
- Not only do looks come into play, height does as well! A woman who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, well above the national female average of 5 feet, 3.5 inches, will make $5,250 more over the course of a year than a female co-worker standing 5 feet 2 inches.[ii]
- In Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book Blink, he polled about half the country’s top 500 CEOs and found that 58% were nearly 6 feet tall; in contrast, the average American male is 5 foot 9 inches tall.[iii]
Studies after studies show that people instinctively equate beauty with being higher-functioning and more successful in life. Obviously, this isn’t always true once we get to know a person but the fact remains that people are instinctively programmed to make first impressions. This is exactly why looks count during first impressions.
Based off of these studies, height, weight and facial features play the biggest part in determining first impressions – whether it can be changed or not. While not everyone has been dunked in the genetically perfect pool, there are certainly ways to improve yourself to bring out your most attractive features.
Even though jewellery is used for many purposes, such as engagements, gifts and marriage, did you know that jewellery also serves to bring out your own striking qualities?
Perhaps you’ve never noticed just how bright your blue eyes were until you put on a pair of sapphire earrings or how graceful your neck was until you wore a beautifully fit pendant. Gold jewellery can make bronze and darker skin glow while platinum jewellery makes fair skin radiant.
In the same way pants are tailored to slim the stomach and elongate legs, jewellery that’s appropriated to body types and skin colour can also be slimming and flattering. Heavier women look great wearing chunkier necklaces and cocktail rings because it can divert attention away from problem areas while drawing attention to the more becoming facial and body features. Thin, delicate pieces of jewellery fare better on slim women by not overpowering them or their outfits. For those on the short side of the height spectrum, putting on long-chained necklaces adds the illusion of an extra inch or two.
Since men can’t exactly walk around the office with false eyelashes and chunky necklaces as easily as women, it comes down more to presentation style and execution. Having a suit tailored to accentuate the body proportionately is great but beefing it up with accessories such as a perfectly-sized wristwatch, cufflinks and/or a tie clip will make a fantastic impression.
While we can’t always change our naturally given looks or stature, there’s much to be done with how we present and portray ourselves within the corporate environment. The next time you’re out shopping for a brand, new suit or getting a new hair cut or style to give yourself a boost of confidence, remember to look for the perfect jewellery that’ll pull your whole ensemble together!