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Dress For Success

Dress For Success



Professional dress for the work place

Professional dress for the work place



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    Dress For Success Dress For Success Presentation Transcript

    • Dress For Success Presented by Tom James Company
    • Tom James Introduction • Tom James Company Fine Clothing Since 1966 • International company • Locations in almost every major city
    • Dressing for Success
    • ??? Trivia ??? 1. What should men match their socks to? 2. Can men wear cuff links with a sport coat? 3. Is a formal cummerbund worn with the pleats facing up or down? 4. What is the appropriate length of a skirt for business? 5. According to experts, what is the appropriate amount of exposed skin a female executive should show?
    • Key to Success • “You never get a second chance to make a first impression!”
    • Non –Verbal Cues • Human behavioral scientists state that it is a scientific fact that people who don’t know you will make up their minds about you on a subliminal/subconscious basis in 30 seconds or less. • This evaluation of you by others is lightening fast and deeply etched in the cerebral cortex. • Behavioral scientists tell us that we notice the following about another human being and in this order: • Appearance (clothing, grooming, etc.) • Bearing (height, body language, etc.) • Direct Eye Contact • Speech
    • Appearance-Based Conclusions • Your Professionalism • Your Level of Sophistication • Your Intelligence • Your Credibility • Your Tidiness
    • The Basics • “What ARE the rules?” ???
    • Overlooked Details • Men - Never wear a short sleeve shirt with a tie. Short sleeve shirts are generally perceived as lower class apparel. Fine as part of a uniform or if you aspire to be a fast-food manager, not if you want to project a professional image
    • Overlooked Details • Shoes are one of the most evaluated elements of a man’s wardrobe. • Your shoes should be clean and in good repair as well as appropriate for the occasion. • Don’t wear the same shoe on consecutive days. • Keep shoe trees in your shoes when you’re not wearing them. • Be sure to edge dress and polish your shoes before going out for the day. • It is a fact that people will make judgments about your tidiness if your shoes are scuffed and old looking.
    • Overlooked Details • Minimal glitz - Choose a couple of key accessories • Men - a nice watch and cufflinks • Women - small earrings and simple rings • The suggestion is that lot's of sparkles and glitz can be distracting. Understated accessories suggest a practical more serious approach to work, "less show and more go”.
    • Overlooked Details • Ladies-Suit coats are a must. It is harder for females to quickly establish a professional presence without a suit coat. • A skirt is recommended, again, because it conveys professionalism much better than slacks. Skirts should be no more than 2” above the knee, and not much longer than mid-calf.
    • Overlooked Details Tailoring your garments to fit • Spend what is necessary to insure that your garments fit you. Regardless of what they look like on a hanger or what they cost you should ensure that they are fitted to your body by a proper tailor.
    • Overlooked Details Scent (For Men & Women) • Any perfume, cologne, or perfumed grooming product should not be noticeable at normal business proximity. This means that you can exit the elevator and no one entering should be able to guess that you were there. As with the other aspects of your grooming, scent should not call attention on its own. Scent should never be a distraction, but, if anything, a subtle adjunct that the vast majority of people you encounter will never notice or be close enough to perceive.
    • Socks & Hose • Over-the-calf • Appropriate Color
    • Pants • Pleats vs. Plain Front • Cuffs or Plain Bottom • Appropriate Length
    • Coat • Looks Good • Fits – Coat Length – Sleeve Length • In Style
    • Belts Or Braces • Belts match the shoes ALWAYS Braces
    • Shirts • Colors • Collars • Cuffs • Pockets • Fabrics
    • Formal Wear • Cummerbund or Vest • Lapel Style • Shirt Collar Style
    • Fabrics • 100% Wool • Blended Cloths • Higher “Content”
    • Ties • Finesse Items • Length • Coordination • At least two looks per suit
    • Colors
    • Navy • Power Color • Odds in your favor • Public speaking • Big Meetings • Presentations
    • Gray • Confidence color • Financial stability color • Darker = more formal • “Close-the-deal” color
    • Earth tones • Great Friday suit • Approachable color • Nice change of pace suit - mixes up your rotation
    • Black • Your most formal color • Best color for evening events • Great travel suit
    • Final Thoughts • Explain what a proper rotation should be • Dress to Fit Your Audience
    • Working with a professional clothier • Most successful business people have a mastermind group of people that help them get where they are. Working with a professional clothier will help you get where you want to go.
    • Thank You!