Dressing For Success with Surprise Ending

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Dressing For Success with Surprise Ending



While still in college I was given an assignment by one of my business professors. He put a lot of emphasis on learning to 'Dress for Success' in the business world.  I remember a book with the same title and all the women dressed like men in suits! Never the less, we all believed the author and followed suit! No pun intended!


A co-student and I were tasked to 'Dress for Success' and go on  job interviews and  follow up on the results with the class. Which one us was offered the job  (same job interviews mind you on the same day) and why? My co-hart decided to wear a suit and tie. My part was to not 'Dress for Success' but rather wear the typical female dress of that era, so I did. Nothing fancy, just a little too 'girlie' in my opinion way back them. I fully expected he'd get all the job offers and they'd think I was kind of a flake.


Well turns out it was the opposite  of what we expected on most of the job interviews. I honestly didn't know why back then (at first) because he looked pretty darn sharp. We concluded after reporting results to the class along with a lot of class discussion that 1) knowing how to interview in a professional manner is important 2) knowing the subject matter of  the job interview and asking relevant, in-depth questions is important, and 3) dressing clean and neat was more important than following a certain style of dress. 


I still think this is relevant today about 'Dressing for Success'. Following the customs of ones business local is far more important then dressing up in suits every day.  For us folks here in Phoenix - it's hot in the summer and you won't see anybody (other than attorney's going to court) in a suit!  In fact I'm not sure I even own a suit anymore.  There was a day I had a closet full of suits. Not anymore!



Which Dress do you think is the Best for job interviews?


Dress 1 Or Dress 2 and WHY?










Dress for Success Dress 1


Dress for Success 1



Dress for Success 2


Dress for Success 2


Got cha! Now let's get out there and create more success!



Dressing For Success with Surprise Ending

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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We wear professional dress all the time - shirt and tie for W and a slacks or dress for me. We're not typical of the realtors in our office or in our neighborhood.

Aug 16, 2018 05:15 AM #33
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The last time I wore suits and ties was when I was an NAR RVP whioch was a requirement. My main purchases now is in swim trunks, sandals, shorts, and polo shirts with a few tees thrown in. I will wear a sport coat and a collored shirt when I speak at seminars. it has become a casual world and the more time I spend at our home in S Florida the more casual I become.

Aug 16, 2018 06:33 AM #34
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Decades ago, I applied for a job with Dreamworks and was very qualified. I wore a 3 piece knock em dead suit (the position was executive) only to enter into an office full of people all dressed casual and in tennis shoes which was their culture. While waiting to be final-interviewed (10-15 minutes), I was stared at by the many coming and going and I saw it wasn't a good fit as they did too...Since then, dress, body language and presentation matter 

Aug 16, 2018 06:45 AM #35
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Anna --- so much of the world remains at a visual level today - like it or not.

Aug 16, 2018 08:39 AM #36
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

If we were in a climate controlled office building all day long, we could dress differently, but we are not. We are in the trenches, in and out in the heat (or inclement weather) all day, and we have to dress for the weather. In my Mississippi, it's just too hot in the summertime to worry about a jacket, much less a suit!

Aug 16, 2018 02:16 PM #37
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - As a Recruiter in my former world, I met some of the most well-dressed women in the interview. The best dressed didn't always get the job. What comes out of the mouth is what made the difference. Credentials, knowledge, and integrity wins and succeeds. Always be your authentic self and don't be a cheap imitation, even if you are wearing the most expensive suit or clothes you can buy. 

Congratulations on your feature!

Aug 16, 2018 05:21 PM #38
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty

I love your story. It’s true that the outfit is important but doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’ll get the job. I always dress professionally it’s just what I feel most comfortable in  

Aug 16, 2018 05:30 PM #39
Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service

Mostly when working, I wear something comfortable, like a plain blouse and a pair of slacks. My "suit" is my namebadge, proudly representing C21!

Aug 16, 2018 05:56 PM #40
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I had tons of suits and wore hose and heels. Then the pantsuit came and slowly our dress code has gotten more casual. I know longer worry about it as I always dress neat and clean and wear what I like. It is pretty conservative.

Aug 16, 2018 06:08 PM #41
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

The context definitely matters for your dress choice.  It is possible to dress for success without a suit for sure.  

Aug 17, 2018 02:17 PM #42
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Anna,  I dress for the occasion and what I feel "suits" me.  I did the suit thing for many years, nylons & heels too while working for Corporate America.  Show up clean, on time, know our craft, and be professional ... that is all it takes for me in my world.

Aug 17, 2018 02:19 PM #43
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is an important topic.

I have been thinking of listing agents to use when we sell our home and the broker who was dressed for success comes to mind. She looked good and made a lasting impression.

Aug 17, 2018 02:26 PM #44
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 ,

Love the topic and loved reading the comments. I'm with Debe Maxwell, CRS "a professional, knowledgeable agent is being sought after for just that, not their appearance. However, wrapping that package with nice attire is really the 'bow' on the package!" Congrats on the feature well deserved!

Aug 17, 2018 05:17 PM #45
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I do think that you can 'Dress for Success' more casually today, and do agree that where you live can dictate what is acceptable, above acceptable, or not even in the ballpark, Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886.  For me, knowledge and presentation (basically your style and personality) are so very important!  I've had 2 distinct career fields where I had to dress formally in one and that meant I 'blended in' (lived back East and was decades younger), and in the second I dressed the same as the guys did and that meant I totally 'blended in' (dressed in dark suits with loafers).     

Aug 17, 2018 11:16 PM #46
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

First of all, love the  star on this post - and also the topic.  In  my opinion, it's more dress appropriately and have the right attitude of professionalism.  We are also rather casual around here, but I may wear a skirt one day, a dress another, and wear dressy jeans another day.  As for Dress one or two, I'll take two - looks more Christmasy. Lol. 

Aug 18, 2018 07:00 AM #47
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your post Anna. Very interesting outcome.  Snicker - maybe substitute happy for surprise!    Anyway, I like the 2nd dress for obvious reasons - looks more like the real deal vs. synthetic! 

Aug 22, 2018 05:35 PM #48
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Stopped by to check in with you! I should pick up the phone, huh?! 

I hope all is well and that you're just super busy with work, Anna - always a great thing! Sending hugs to you & Gary!

Aug 22, 2018 09:29 PM #49
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

When I first came in the business we had a dress code, it got lost some where along the way...

Aug 26, 2018 11:15 PM #50
Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

When I first moved to Phoenix I wore a suit and tie to all meetings and events, until I went to a Chamber of Commerce meeting and they told to me to take off the tie or they'd cut it off.  I agree, the locale dictates the dress code. Good post Anna.  Best wishes to you.

Sep 13, 2018 01:15 PM #51
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Can I admit I'm laughing so hard I'm crying? Dress for success means jeans with ripped knees & t-shirts for me. Scuffed-up sneakers and maybe a bandanna and I'm done! I make a living getting spiders in my hair and heaving broken-down boxes into recycle bins. It's all gloriously relative.

Sep 13, 2018 03:33 PM #54
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