Is a formal cummerbund worn with the pleats facing up or down?
What is the appropriate length of a skirt for business?
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
YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU ARE PERCEIVED!
Your Level of Sophistication
“ What ARE the rules?”
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
Pleats vs. Plain Front
Cuffs or Plain Bottom
Belts Or Braces
Belts match the shoes ALWAYS
Cummerbund or Vest
Shirt Collar Style
At least two looks per suit
Odds in your favor
Financial stability color
Darker = more formal
“ Close-the-deal” color
Great Friday suit
Nice change of pace suit - mixes up your rotation
Your most formal color
Best color for evening events
Great travel suit
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.