Jury’s Out: Welcome To First Impressions Month on HSS!

What “first impression”-related topics would you like to see covered this month?

There’s that saying we’re all familiar with – don’t judge a book by its cover. It’s sound advice. I’m sure we can all recall at least one instance when we pegged someone completely wrong.

But the truth of the matter is that no matter how many times you tell yourself not to do such a thing, no matter how hard you try not to, we make assumptions about other people based on how they look.

Which brings us to another saying we all know very well – you never get a second chance to make a first impression

And that, loyal HSS readers, is what we’re going to explore this month.

If you read this site, you know that how you dress plays an extremely important role in how you are perceived by other people. And there are countless times when a positive first impression might actually matter more than most things in the world at that particular moment. A job interview? First date? And so on.

We’ll be diving into this topic rather quickly so now is the time to let us know what you want to see covered! Chime in below.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo

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  • Dan Nazaruk

    Scenarios I’d love to see are: going out on the town (meeting people), first date, meeting the parents, interview, networking events, etc.

    • Michael Valentine

      I’d like to second @Dan Nazaruk’s request for opinions on networking events, such as conventions, conferences, work-organized “mixer” events with other sections of one’s business. I know there will be a lot of variability depending on the business, but if there are any rules of thumb, I’d love to learn them.

  • Thomas

    So, I’ve been working as a freelancer in the cultural field (Photographer) I meet most of my new clients for the first over phone and email, witch means first impressions are already formed during these conversations. I always wonder If my clients visualize what I look like based on the tone of voice and words used in these talks, but also based on my website and work I did so far, a.k.a. ‘visual brand’

    Then I’m always wondering that if we meet for a follow up, my real life appearance matches or even exceed their expectations and elevates their trust and confidence in me. I dont know if this can translate into a scenario for HSS – but It could be an interesting topic nevertheless how to translate your (personal) ‘brand’ or proffesional tone of voice into the clothes you wear.

  • Jonas

    I would like to know how to make a good first impression if you meet new colleagues or class mates in leisure time. Sometimes it is hard to find an outfit that is on point, not too sloppy and not too formal.