DRESS TO IMPRESS – the importance of a business wardrobe
How important is dressing up for the occasion when it comes to attending an official meeting in an exceedingly corporate environment? Believe it or not, it’s very important! When you step outside of your home into a more corporate office environment, you need to look sharp and smart.
Dressing-up appropriately not only creates a good ‘first impression’ for your potential clients, but it also boosts your confidence since you feel great about yourself. As a result, you’ll be better equipped to handle tricky situations and negotiations.
Your dressing sense shows how passionate you are about your work.
WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME
Soloists, especially those who work from their home environments, assume that since they are working from the comfort of their own house, do not need to dress smartly when a client comes to meet them.
If your client will understand that people do not usually wear crisp formal clothes while being at home is a bad idea. Of course, you do not need to wear a sleek business suit when somebody comes to meet you at your house, but you cannot look sloppy and untidy either.
You need to maintain a good impression of yourself, irrespective of the fact that you are meeting your clients at your home.
MAINTAIN A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE
Dressing up nicely is important, but along with that, you also need to make sure that you are comfortable in whatever you are wearing.
The ultimate aim of dressing up is to portray a professional image of yourself, which is highly influenced by what you wear, how convincingly you carry it off, the way you talk, and the way you react to different situations.
People get an idea of who you are, by judging these elements along with many other ingredients of your personality.
Your dressing sense shows how passionate you are about your work. This notion is especially true in the corporate environment.
Imagine you walk into a bank and see an official is wearing sagged jeans with a torn T-shirt. What would be your reaction? How would you perceive his character? Will you trust him with your hard-earned cash? Probably not, since he comes across as a lazy, carefree person who is not really interested in what he is doing.
The same applies to your working environment. You need to look sharp in order to represent yourself as a dedicated, attentive professional.
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT CLOTHES
The clothes best suited for your work environment largely depend on what kind of industry you are working in. However, these are some of the most basic points which you need to take care of-
- Pick clothes that fit you well. Avoid anything that is loose or too tight. Also, make sure the clothes you are buying are comfortable enough.
- Avoid too much show of skin. Leave those skimpy skirts and hot pants in the wardrobe, else you can end up creating a wrong picture of yourself.
- Pick the right colours and textures. Avoid shades of gold, silver, and all kinds of neon colours. Also, do not pick anything scruffy, patchy, or transparent.
- So, the next time you meet your client, make sure you are dressed to impress!
THE PERFECT BUSINESS SUIT
When buying a suit, the most crucial aspect to focus on is getting the right fit. One of the best options is to get an off-the-rack suit and then have a tailor make adjustments, to bring the right fit. But it’s also essential for you to understand what a “right” fit is.
The suit should be part of your natural stance — when you sit, stand, and walk; you should be comfortable and look elegant.
So here’s what you need to know to get the perfect suit:
1 – JACKET COLLAR
If the collar is kept loose, it will appear flopping behind the neck, and if it’s kept tight, it will create a fold. Both situations can mess up your suit’s appearance. The jacket collar must neatly rest on your inner shirt collar. Improper collar fitting means the neck size is not right.
2 – JACKET SHOULDER
In a proper fit, the shoulders rest flat. The seam on the top part and the bone under it must be of the same length. The shoulder must meet the sleeve right where your shoulder meets your arm.
3 – JACKET SLEEVE LENGTH
One simple rule when it comes to sleeve: below the jacket cuff, half-an-inch of the inner shirt cuff must be visible. Jacket sleeve should not be long enough to fully cover shirt cuff, and also not short enough to show the stitch where the shirt cuff joins with the shirt sleeve. A small band of shirt cuff has to be visible.
4 – JACKET CLOSURE
Always check how the jacket looks after your button it. Whether it’s a one-button jacket or a three-button one, the two sides must meet neatly without making the lapels appear as they are loosely hanging down. When buttoned, the jacket must not look too loose or too tight.
5 – TROUSER SEAT
The trouser seat area must be a smooth drape over your buttocks. Here again, proper measure matters. Neither too tight nor too loose.
6 – TROUSER BREAK
The trouser break should be gently touching your shoes. One small, horizontal crease is considered ideal—nothing more, nothing less. The trouser break and the shoes must have a gentle touch.
Before buying, try multiple suits. Stand relaxed and then pose in front of a mirror. Pick the one that comes close to the required fit.
If working with a tailor, spend enough time to provide proper measurements. Specify what exactly you’re looking for. Mention all the areas that need custom adjusting.
Also, you should be able to sit and move around comfortably. No matter how expensive or luxurious the suit’s cloth material is, if the fit is not right, it won’t serve its purpose, which is to make you appear elegant. You own the suit, and that’s what it needs to show.