By Derrick Johnson
We’ve all heard about how we need to dress for the jobs we want, not the ones we have. Dressing for success is much simpler for men than it is for women. This does not mean that it is easy. Here’s a look at five essential ways that a man can dress for success in the office.
- Tailor Made
At least one or two tailored suits are an essential part of any corporate man’s wardrobe. Consider it an investment. It is not necessary to go for expensive fashion labels but there is no compromising on quality.
Talk to a tailor and ask them to explain to you how you can tell whether a suit is good quality or poor quality. Getting some professional advice will help you to get the best possible deal you can get on a tailored suit.
- Right Colors
Business suits should always be black, grey or blue. Pretty much any shade of these three colors will do. Darker colors tend to be safer because they are associated with authority. Avoid flashy colors like white unless you are an entertainer. White is a great color for a shirt and in some cases for a tie but not for the suit itself.
When it comes to accessories, always go for quality and simplicity. Don’t pick anything tacky but again don’t pick anything too expensive or flashy. Great accessories for the office are cufflinks, watches, collar stiffeners, and phone cases.
Too many accessories may make you look too stiff depending on the dress code in the office. The most popular are watches and cufflinks. Have them in neutral colors that will not stand out. A good watch for example costs about $300 or more. Cufflinks could cost much more or much less depending on many factors.
Neckware is very important. Sometimes a man stands out for wearing a nice tie – and sometimes he stands out for NOT wearing a tie at all! On Fridays or in the evenings you can go without a tie.
Sometimes not wearing a tie gives off the impression that a man is really busy on the job – the white collar equivalent of a handyman rolling up his sleeves.
When it comes to ties, there are two knots that every man must learn: the Half Windsor and the Full Windsor. Learn these two and use one of them whenever you need to wear a tie. In some occasions you may need to wear a bow tie.
Avoid the pre-tied bow ties; learn how to tie a bow tie! To learn how to tie a bow tie or a tie, visit YouTube and you will find many videos. The internet is a fabulous source of information. If you don’t want to use the internet, you can get a professional to show you how. It should not take more than 10 minutes.
- A Snug Fit
Whatever clothes you buy, make sure they fit perfectly. Nothing ruins a look more than ill fitting clothes. Have several fittings to make sure that a tailor made suit fits very well. If store bought, you may have to get the suit adjusted to fit well.