It seems hard to believe but many women don't wear make-up, iron their clothes or even wash their hair when preparing for a job interview, a survey has found.
Hmmm. Hadn't they heard about first impressions?
Fashion faux pas for women also include clothes that are too tight or too short, showing too much cleavage - or leaving lipstick on your teeth.
Also, if you're taking your laptop to a job interview or to work make sure it's not in a shopping bag.
We all know first impressions affect success, but it now apparently extends to fashion items such as laptop bags and iPad holders.
Understandably, research from mobile accessories brand Targus reveals that first impressions have an effect on our relationship and career prospects.
It says that 97 per cent of the women questioned in its survey believe the way people dress and accessorise affects the way they are perceived by others.
And more than three-quarters admit to passing judgment on others.
Despite being quick to judge, women are not taking the same level of care when it comes to their own appearance, the survey found.
They're also rather harsh about men.
The women say they will dump a guy based on how he accessorises.
More than three-quarters surveyed would not go on a second date with a man if he wore too much fake tan or socks with sandals.
Also not surprisingly, nearly half of the women surveyed admitted to trying to change the way their partner dresses.
Some dress-for-success tips:
1. Don't wear too much fake tan.
2. Don't allow your underwear to be visible.
3. Don't wear clothes that are too tight or show cleavage.
4. Lipstick is for lips, not teeth and make sure your nail polish isn't chipped.
5. No socks with sandals.
6. Pay attention to detail.
7. Keep things simple. You don't need to wear high-end clothes to look good.
8. Lose the tatty, ratty bag you're using to carry round your accessories. Get a beautiful, sleek laptop bag.
9. If you can't be bothered ironing, don't buy clothes that need it.10. Clean your shoes.
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