By Vickie Elmer
"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." -- Mark Twain
Mark Twain forgot to mention accessories, from glasses to belt and even your coat, can make you appear to be a winner, a leader, a standout -- or else someone who's stuck in decades old items. Your suit may seem fine to you, but the HR manager across from you is wondering why you are wearing something so outdated or ill-fitting.
And while professionalism is crucial for job interviews and networking events, it does not mean boring. "Show a little personality. It's about having you come alive," said Jayne Mattson, senior vice president of Keystone Associates, who helps people explore career options and transitions.