Dressing to impress at the office is a talent that eludes many men, not just the ones who are new to the working world. However, dressing well is often an important component of success, both with clients and with your bosses. An employee who dresses neatly and appropriately conveys that he takes the job seriously and that he has respect for himself and others. Moreover, workers who dress well often look like they are already successful, which makes others more inclined to treat them like have already made it in their chosen field. Here are some tips to help you navigate the world of men’s dress clothes and keep you looking sharp at the office.
Understand the Office Culture
Workers in sales and those in IT are not expected to dress the same. Likewise, an investment banker and someone in a creative field are not likely to shop at the same stores. While it is important to cultivate a wardrobe that sets you apart from the crowd, you don’t want to look like you do not understand the fundamental values and culture of your chosen profession. Before you begin your job, take a look around the office and see if people are dressed very formally or more casually, and if they are more likely to wear conservative suits or more off-beat clothing combinations. This can help you plan how you will dress for the job. Either men’s dress pants and a polo shirt, or a matching dark suit and tie can be made to work for you as long as they are appropriate for your office.
Dressing for cold weather involves more than just pulling on a heavy parka over your summer clothes. Wearing layers keeps you more comfortable when it’s cold as well as looking neater and more put-together. Get some gloves, scarves, and a heavy coat for winter, as well as a couple of blazers and some sweaters for fall. Remember to buy outerwear that is a little on the large side to accommodate the layers underneath.
Get Fewer Clothes of Higher Quality
Most of your work clothing except dress shirts, socks, and underwear is intended to be worn for multiple days without washing. This means that you do not have to buy suit jackets, ties, and even dress pants for every day of the week. Use this opportunity to buy some higher-end items instead of the least expensive clothing you can find. The quality of your clothing really shows, especially after it has been worn a few times. While a cheap blazer may begin to fray and wrinkle quickly, a more expensive one stays looking new for longer.
Visit a Tailor
Most men do not have bodies that look like the mannequins or models that most clothing is made for. However, you can look a little more like you do by visiting a tailoring. Professional tailoring is relatively inexpensive, and it is quite useful for getting your clothes to fit exactly right. Tailoring is a must when buying suits and other very formal clothes, but you may find that you like the way it looks so much you even want to get your casual clothes professionally fitted.
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