So when did we become such a casual industry? Does showing up for an appointment dressed in dockers, jeans, open collar shirts, baseball hats, sandals, etc cost you credibility and impact the amount of money you make? I would say yes.
I run a property management firm and no matter how I insist that wearing a tie to a meeting with those that hire you is a good idea, they still don't listen. I am thinking they pay me to represent them, shouldn't I look professional?
I know for a fact that some of my clients chose me because I look like a professional and in their business they respect that. I think that people like to work with successful people, and you are judged by your appearance. Think I am wrong? I challenge you to choose any publicly traded company you want and look at their President/CEO/CFO/COO and tell me what they look like. How many would guess short, overweight, balding guy with poor teeth-even though that guy might be the most qualified.
So think of this-How many clients would not work with you if you dressed a notch better? I bet none! How many clients would prefer you over the other guy simply because you had the nice professional appearance and the clean car? I bet at least one or two at some point. So what's to lose? And maybe you will see yourself in the mirror and impress yourself as well!