023 Dressing the Part

Dress to Impress

In today’s episode we speak to the lovely Carol Hanson about Dressing the part. I highly recommend hitting the play button above or getting your trainers on, grabbing your phone and opening up your favourite podcast provider to have a listen. If you haven’t got time to listen here’s a quick summary of what we spoke about. 

Professor Mehrabian combined the statistical results of the two studies and came up with the now famous—and famously misused—rule that communication is only 7 percent verbal and 93 percent non-verbal. The non-verbal component was made up of body language (55 percent) and tone of voice (38 percent). So even though the rule might not quite be the rule we make out out to be you know yourself that although we say don’t judge a book by it’s cover we inevitably make snap decisions before a person even speaks. It is important to remember this especially in business.


Dressing on a wedding day

  • Do wear comfortable clothing
  • Do wear muted tones to help you blend into the back ground
  • Do be conscious of your accessories and how they may interfere with your job (jaggly bangles when filming is not a great idea)
  • Do consider a uniform good quality logoed polo shirts are a great option
  • Do wear flat shoes


  • Don’t wear a suit it is restricting and uncomfortable and will limit you 
  • Don’t wear bright stand out colours that draw attention 
  • Don’t over do the accessories think practically
  • DO NOT WEAR A TRACKSUIT! This is never an option unless you are part of the entertaiment and it’s part of your role to dress up like you are going to the gym!


Dressing the part


Dressing at appointments

You need to let your personality shine through. People buy people and if you are going to spend the whole or part of the day with the couple you need to both know you can get on well. So, don’t hide who you are don’t try and fit into a mould of what you believe they want. Be YOU!

Clothing wise:

  • Do dress up a little as effort shows respect for your clients
  • Do wear smart clothing you are comfortable in 
  • Do accessorise to finish your outfit 
  • Do wear colour on your lips (ladies) it keeps attention drawn to what you are saying
  • Do wear your uniform if that makes is easier
  • Do consider who you are meeting and tailor your look (modify don’t completely change what you would wear)


  • Don’t wear formal wear if it makes you uncomfortable
  • Don’t wear lounge wear that’s not the comfortable we are talking about
  • Don’t over accesorise big earrings, small or no necklace, big necklace small or no earrings


Dressing Sustainably

Carol is all about utilising the clothes you have in your wardrobe but if you feel that perhaps what you have in your wardrobe isn’t suitable then here is what she suggests

Shop second hand, you can find some great quality pieces that are kind to your pocket and by rehoming the garments you are preventing them from ending up in landfill for longer. If you want or need to shop new visit Good on you Thier tag line is ‘Wear the change you want to see’. You can download their app to discover ethical brands and see how your favourites measure up.

To show your professionalism isn’t just about your work it’s about how you present yourself and you work especially when you’re a service based provided and will be present on the wedding day. 

Until next week 


Resources & Links

Good on you

Find Carol:

Website https://carolahanson.com

FB https://www.facebook.com/consciouswardrobestylist/

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolahanson

About the author 

Donna Eade

Donna Is the Founder of the SPWV. She has spent over 10 years in the wedding industry 9 of those as a wedding photographer and then as a wedding planner.

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