One of the qualities that separate the winners from the losers is preparedness. As a businessman or manager, you never know when you have to meet a client or jump into a meeting.That’s why you have to be prepared every single day to make a lasting first impression.
Have you noticed the difference in your partners’ reactions when you come dressed stylishly versus generic? If you got better responses, if the communication was way better and if you essentially made more money.. I’m here to say: clothes played their own part in this!
So let’s go ahead and see some basics about building your business wardrobe.
It all starts with a suit…
I know what you’re thinking: Oh no! he’s going to tell me to wear a suit! I knew it!
The fact of the matter is, you can wear a suit and STILL feel comfortable as in a pair of shorts. You just need to know the basic things about how to choose the clothes that fit you (which I’ve discussed a lot in my book).
The next thing is to think about the colors you’ll be wearing…
White suits have no place in your business wardrobe! Darker colors such as gray, navy or black show that you’re a serious person who wants to do business.
And finally you need to consider your shirts and ties…
Matching them is the fun part as it puts your creativity to work. The better you match them -> the better responses you will get from those involved in the business meetings -> the more successful you will be.
If you want something simple, go with a white shirt.
If you want something that will trigger more emotional reactions, go for a striped shirt with a matching tie and pocket square. This is harder to achieve but here’s a few pointers to get you started:
- Don’t wear too many patterns on you. For instance, a herringbone suit, a striped shirt an a striped tie will make your outfit look too busy. The viewer’s eyes will grow tired and you won’t get those positive responses anymore.
- Never match your tie and pocket square. many stores offer the tie and pocket square as a set. They have the exact colors and patterns on them. This is a biggie – don’t do it!
- Make contrasts between your shirt and your suit jacket. A black suit and a black shirt will make you look… shady.
Still don’t know where to start with color matching? Here’s a few color combinations for your business suits:
- Black suit, white shirt, navy blue tie and white pocket square
- Dark gray suit, orange shirt, gray tie
- Navy blue suit, light blue shirt, striped tie (blue and white) and a white pocket square.
The combinations are infinite. You just need to form your eye and start looking like a million dollars!
P.S. One last thing: the office is no place to make a fashion statement. You’re there to make money and you don’t want to appear too.. colorful. If you’re afraid you’ll make some blunders, just take the combinations I gave you above and give them a try.
P.P.S. Remember that the way the suit and shirt fits you are more important than color matching. This is what makes you feel comfortable and confident.