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Dress for success

By Ellie Murray

Whether you are selling a farm, a mansion or a ground floor apartment, what you wear as a real estate agent while representing your client speaks volumes. First impressions are everything, and this is where fashion comes into play as well as professionalism.

Most vendors appreciate and notice good taste and great style. It’s amazing how many vendors comment on a pair of shoes, a rocking clutch or interesting item of clothing one might be wearing. I find it is a great ice breaker and a way to find immediate connection when meeting someone for the first time.

“Dress according to the business you want to get, not necessarily the business you’re currently doing”

Gents, what you should be wearing

It is OK to mismatch your blazer and slacks, but you must do it right.

Both jacket and slacks need to fit well – slim cuts are best, cropped trousers are an option for those with great socks – and colour combinations need to be considered carefully.

Your conservative look would be neutral colours paired with traditional navy, so khaki, beige or grey pants paired with a navy blazer

You can freshen up the look of your old navy suit with a baby blue pocket square, or take the plunge and embrace prints.

Polka dots are always a stylish option, whether in your tie or pocket square. Monochromatic prints are also very much in vogue.

As for shoes, for men, you can’t go wrong with the classic Oxford, and the double monk strap is everywhere at the moment.

Ladies, it’s all about a (stylish) take on the ’70s

Bell sleeves and high-waisted pants suits.

A great way to modernise your existing wardrobe is to cinch in a traditional or oversized suit with a belt to give it a more feminine silhouette.

Buttercup – a really fresh and energising yellow or lilac grey, with a purplish tinge. As prescribed by colour connoisseurs Pantone, rose quartz – a soft pink – and snorkel blue, a “maritime-inspired” blue.

There are two main shoe rules for women – choose a thicker heel and be very wary of wearing open-toe shoes.

You have to be very careful with colour. Some people come out with their horrifying patterns and bold colours – a touch of colour is fine. Not head-to-toe because that will turn-off some people. Made-to-measure or well-tailored suiting is essential and be bold with your accessories, no one wants a boring real estate agent.

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