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look the part

To look like one specifically fits a particular role, occupation, etc. You can be an amazing actor, but to land a role, you also have to look the part. It turns out he's a hugely successful financial investor, but with those cargo shorts, he really doesn't look the part.
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look the part

COMMON If someone looks the part, they dress or behave in the way that is characteristic of a particular kind of person. You look the part of an English gentleman, so people trust you. Friends say he was in the Foreign Legion. He certainly looks the part: his hair is cut very short and he has a deep wound above his left eye. Note: This probably comes from the idea of an actor wearing a costume that suited the role or part that they were playing.
See also: look, part
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

look the part

have an appearance or style of dress appropriate to a particular role or situation (even if not being actually very well suited to it).
2005 Scotland on Sunday Sharapova meanwhile was having problems of her own. Dressed to kill in a gold trimmed dress with gold trimmed and spangly shoes, she looked the part even if her game did not let her act it.
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look/dress the ˈpart

have an appearance or wear clothes that are suitable for a particular job, position, etc: I think Tim Evans should play Robin Hood. He really looks the part.He’s a funny kind of bank manager; he doesn’t dress the part at all.
See also: dress, look, part
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Her black dress, simple to austerity, suggested her bereaved condition, and I was innocently astonished that notwithstanding a real emotion she was able to dress the part she had to play according to her notions of seemliness.
You see, if I am to be squire down there I must dress the part, and it may be that I have got a little careless in my ways out West.
The special assistant said during her appearance in the accountability court, Maryam Nawaz made her 'dress the part of a marketing campaign proving that she was devoid of political maturity'.
It is also important to find out how the employees who work in the organisation dress, though your aim should be to dress the part. Whatever you choose to wear, it should be decent too.
This goes without saying: Dress the part and be on time.
Organisers said they had heard from many parents that the expectation to dress the part for prom put many school leavers off attending.
The public is invited to channel their inner elf, dress the part and join the pack of elves as they visit five of the City of Highwood's most popular establishments to enjoy live music, Goslings Rum, food and drink specials and raffle prizes.
"Anyone who knows us knows that we love history, and often dress the part of historical figures," he wrote in a post that has since been deleted, according to the (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6327603/Dad-dressed-kid-Hitler-Halloween-says-received-DEATH-THREATS.html) Daily Mail.
The theme of the workshops is famous Disney soundtracks, so if the kids want to also dress the part, as well as sounding the part, they can come as any Disney character they want.
If you yearn for simpler times, you may want to dress the part, and Klein Bros.
For the third straight year, Cleveland star LeBron James threw another mean Halloween bash and his teammates pulled out all the stops to dress the part.
"We're encouraging people to get into the spirit of the evening and dress the part."
"With prizes for the winning teams, it promises to be a fun evening, with people encouraged to dress the part in 1920s' fashions."
Speaking to reporters at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton said he had been invited back and would definitely dress the part.