What to wear when you are going to ask your boss for a raise Dress for success.

So you want to ask for a raise. You’ve worked hard at the office; you’ve delivered, fair enough. Certainly, the way you present your request and how you present yourself will have a tremendous effect on the outcome of the meeting with your boss, so pay attention to our tips on how to behave and what to wear to ask for a raise.

Our first tip: be prepared

Don’t just walk into your boss’ office. Find the right moment to ask for a raise, for example, after successfully closing a deal or in a positive moment for the company. But, before even thinking about what to wear to ask for a raise, set up a meeting with your boss and prepare yourself. Write down, if you must, all your accomplishments and added value, goals, and what you can bring to the company. Rehearse. Say why you deserve a raise and not why you need a salary increase. Be yourself.

The right look

To ask your boss for a raise, you should dress for the part, but be careful with what you wear. Elevated office looks are ideal, but don’t overdo it because you don’t want your boss thinking you’re trying too hard. Look polished and professional, but not dull. Wear an outfit that shows your personality, but remember that less is definitely more when it comes to office looks! Simplicity is the key. Avoid too much makeup and stay clear from tight and revealing outfits; you surely have much more to show your boss than your boobs, don’t you?

So, get inspired by the office looks we selected for you because we know that few things are quite as confidence-boosting as the right outfit.

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If you are in your 20s

Look 1 on what to wear to ask your boss for a raise; leather shirt, combo pants and sandals.
Arket leather shirt, Veronica Beard trousers, and River Island sandals.

If you are in your 30s

Look 2: what to wear to ask your boss for a raise; white shirt and red pants.
Vince shirt, Stine Goya trousers, and kith&kin macramé bag.

If you are in your 40s

Look 3: what to wear for a meeting with your boss, beige top and midi skirt with tiger print bag.
Mango satin blouse, By Far tote, and Diana utility skirt.

If you are in your 50s

Look 4 what to wear for a meeting with your boss; plaid trousers, white shirt, and loafers.
Pinko trousers, Tory Burch loafers, and French Connection lace embroidered shirt.

You can complete your office outfit with some bangles. By the way, do you know why they’re also called slave bracelets?

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