Business Etiquette & Presentation Skills - Chapter 4


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Wardrobe is very important. How you move in your clothing and how you wear it are very crucial. There is an 8 to 20% variation in entry level salary received based on personal appearance. The clothes you wear must be immaculate, well-pressed and spotless.
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Business Etiquette & Presentation Skills - Chapter 4

  1. 1. 4 BUSINESS WARDROBEWardrobe is very, very important. How you move in your clothing and how you wear itare crucial .There is even an 8 to 20% variation in entry level salary received based onpersonal appearance.The clothes you wear must be immaculate, well pressed and spotless.GeneralWhen planning your wardrobe you must ensure that what you wear suits you and isappropriate. When in doubt, dress conservatively.White shirts are more formal than colored shirts. Pale colored shirts are more formal thanbold or bright colors. Solid colors are more formal than patterned.Ties, shoes and socks should match the clothes you wear. Socks should match the colorof your trouser and extend above the trouser when seated.Women’s accessories should compliment their clothes and be tasteful.Business MenTo a great extent the clothes that one wears will depend on the age of the person and theposition that he holds and where he works. The key focus is to be properly andappropriately dressed.An accountant or a banker may wear pinstripes or dark suits whereas an advertisingperson may wear more casual attire. In software companies, most individuals come injeans or other very casual clothes. A management trainee up to a middle rung executiveshould wear a dress shirt, well-tailored trousers and a tie. More senior executives shouldwear formal suits that are appropriate to a business environment. The one wear notappropriate in a business environment is jeans.Shirt collars should preferably be the standard or the button down. Cuffs can be singularor double and should extend beyond the jacket sleeve for smartness. One should weartasteful cufflinks whenever possible. Trousers should be well cut and in dark colors. Yourtie reflects your individuality. It should reach up to the belt (if one wears one) or to thewaistline. The width of the tie should harmonize with the width of your suit lapels. Beltsshould match the trouser. They can be either black leather or dark brown. The generalrule is that brown shoes should be worn with brown clothes. Black shoes are to be wornwith all others. Avoid white shoes. Shoes should be clean and well polished. Buy the bestyou can afford.
  2. 2. Your briefcase should be leather.Wear a good watch that reflects your personality.Remember1. When wearing a suit the two lapels and both shoulders should line up.2. If you have too many things in your trouser or coat, it will not hang well. Keep as little as possible.3. There should not be extra material between the shoulder and the waist.4. Trouser legs should not be cut too wide for your frame.5. Armholes should not be cut too deep.6. Sit down and move your arms to check for comfort and fit.7. The length of the jacket should be shorter than the middle knuckle of the thumb.8. Trouser hem lines should reach the shoe and then break by folding inwards. They should conceal the first few laces of a laced shoe.9. With regard to accessories have a good writing instrument, belt, wallet and cufflinks.Business WomenWomen have a large variety of clothes to choose from – from business suits to ethnicware. What they wear and how they wear it will determine how they are perceived.Senior executives should wear either sarees or a business suit comprising of a jacket, shirtand skirt.Middle executives should wear either sarees or a business suit comprising of a jacket,shirt and skirt or a salwar kurtas.Junior executives should wear either sarees or a business ensemble comprising of a shirtand skirt.A trouser is considered too casual.Wear colours that suit you. Avoid loud. bright colours. Jewelry should be subtle. Buy thebest foot wear and handbags you can afford. Choose a leather briefcase that has afeminine look. lways choose good hosiery.Smart CasualMenThe classic smart casual in the western world for men is a blazer with a white shirt and agrey or dark trouser with a sporting tie. In the tropics a light colored short sleeved shirt,smart trousers and good shoes complete the ensemble.
  3. 3. Smart casual for women can be sarees, salwar kurtas, blouses and skirts or pant suits. Allthese would be conservative not dressy. Skirts should not be too short.Traditionally on Saturdays, dressing down days and holidays people go to office incasuals. The casual clothes one wears should be that which the person would feelcomfortable in wearing in a smart restaurant.Client PartyThis is an opportunity to meet clients in an informal setting to bond with them andstrengthen relationships. I would suggest formal attire – the clothes you wear to theoffice.Office PartyTo an office parties wear what would be appropriate to the event – at a beach party –beachwear is acceptable, on a sportswear will be the right wear, dining at a person’shouse or in a restaurant conventional attire would be expected.FormalFormal clothes are more applicable abroad.There are two types of formal occasions – black tie events and white tie events.Black tieBlack tie events are charity events, theatre openings, dinners and balls.Men are expected to wear:• A dark suit, white shirt, dark tie and cufflinks or• A tuxedo with a cummerbund and a bow tie or• A dinner jacket• Black shoes and black socksWomen would wear:• A formal (silk) saree, salwar kurta (with zari work) or• An evening gown in muted colors with a wrap• A small handbag• Shoes (if a gown is worn).White tie
  4. 4. A white tie is for the more formal event. These are inaugural balls, fund raisers and tomeet heads of government.Men would wear:• A tailcoat• White bow tie• White tuxedo• White cummerbund• Black shoes and socksWomen would wear:• Silk saree• Silk salwar kurta with heavy embroidery• Long evening dress (floor length)• Fabric shoes• Gloves• Wrap• Small handbagWhat you wear should be immaculate, stylish and appropriate to your image, your status,your location, the weather, your body shape, your personality and your aspirations.