We asked our friends and followers on various social media platforms about common businesswear faux pas and for practical fashion advice for their colleagues in the industry. Here are some of our favorite responses.
We tell our clients to get rid of the ’80s furniture, so we need to get rid of the ’80s business suits. —Jessica Tremonti
Wear your REALTOR® pin. It’s a great conversation starter. —Linda Andries
If you are selling a million-dollar house, dress like you can afford one. —Ryan Hussey
What Not to Wear
Here are some items that readers mentioned being disappointed seeing among their colleagues. No names, please!
visible bra straps
dirty clothes and shoes
too much makeup
Dress to match your personality. No one wants a fun agent in a stuffy suit! —Melissa Britt
Have basic pieces of clothing that withstand the test of time. —Shaun Arceneaux
Wear your nametag and place it on the right side, just under your collarbone. Not too low or crooked. —Naomi Farley
Always wear cute heels... but have a backup pair of flats in your purse. —Kelly Gettel & Co.
Showing a corporate client downtown? May consider suiting up. Showing a stay-at-home mom who may bring her children? Take it down a notch; you might be holding that baby while mom focuses on the home. Showing farms? Get yer boots. Showing investor properties with crawl and attic space inspection? Dress according to the occasion. But put some thought into it every time. —Kristen Ueckert
Be yourself. I’m not a “suit and lipstick” gal. I don’t pretend to be what I’m not. —Dee Toohey
I always make sure my nails are done. A great manicure complements a firm handshake perfectly! —Capri D’Amario
If you are out showing property, wear shoes that can be easily removed. And make sure your socks match and are holeless! —Lori Clark
Skirts should be a modest length, no shorter than two inches above the knee. The skirt should still cover your thighs when sitting. Make sure the skirt is appropriate for walking, climbing stairs, and sitting. —Oana R Nearing
If you aren’t wearing a smile, it doesn’t matter what you are wearing. Buyers and sellers care more about the person under the suit than the suit itself. —Michelle Krapf