Men often make mistakes as they don their business suits for interviews, business meetings and networking events — especially young professionals entering the workforce.
Some mistakes are downright cringeworthy, such as leaving the jacket on and buttoned when sitting, which causes the shoulders to rise to the ears.
Other mistakes are less dreadful, but still should be rectified, such as wearing a tie incorrectly.
Keep these seven tips in mind when you wear a suit, whether you are just entering the workforce or you need a refresher on what to wear to business functions.
You’re better off dressing down and looking good than dressing up if your clothing doesn’t fit well. If you’ve gained or lost weight, consider getting your suit altered. Don’t go to a meeting with a baggy jacket or tight pants.
In most cases, socks should match your pants color. Be sure to wear quality over-the-calf dress socks with dress shoes and not crew socks.
Wear suit shoes that have an outer luster, heel and leather sole. The heel height matters too for suit shoes. Casual-dress shoes are better worn with khakis or jeans to dress them up.
Far too often men wear their ties incorrectly. The tip or point of your tie should touch your belt — not lie above it or below.
Your belt and shoes should be from the same color family; however, wearing light brown shoes with a dark belt doesn’t sit well with many people. If you opt to wear suspenders instead of a belt, you should never wear both together. Make sure your suspenders match your shoes.
When a suit jacket has multiple buttons, leave the last button unbuttoned.
For example, it’s ok to create your own style by wearing a variety of colorful dress socks. Not matching your pocket square with your tie is also okay; the two should complement each other — not always match.
When you dress up, you want people to pay attention — in a good way. A networking event could be the way you make your next career move, so dress to impress.
You’re at the bank…
asking for a loan to help launch your business…
“But you’re just a kid!” – They say
If only people could look past your outfit to determine your age…
…there are ways you can make that happen.
Here are 5 rules about dressing your age so you can:
Read the article to discover what they are.
“Big things come in small packages.”
If there’s one aspect of life where those words speak the truth…
…it’s your clothing.
Small details can totally transform your fancy jacket, whether it’s a suit, blazer or sports jacket
Especially the pocket square.
That’s right – this accessory does wonders for your wardrobe.
It’s a small but powerful way of showing:
That’s why it’s important to know different ways to fold a pocket square (aside from the common types)…
…like the Scallop fold. This article will help you master this quick, easy, and stylish fold in no time.
4 Reasons You Need an Emergency Suit on Hand
As a businessman, you never know when you’ll find yourself unprepared or underdressed for an engagement — business meeting, luncheon, after-work drinks, et cetera — and when you may fall victim to a wardrobe malfunction. It’s vital to have a backup suit available when such a situation arises.
Four reasons my clients have found they needed an emergency suit (and why they now have one on hand in their offices) are: