What you wear during a business meeting will tell other people how you value your presence in that meeting. Are you underdressed or overdressed? That depends on the role you are expected to perform. You may want to stick to your own clothing style. However, since you are conducting business with your co-workers or clients, you have to consider their reactions to what you will wear. Do you want to play it safe or be an avant-garde? To impress them, here are some business fashion tips.
You may be wearing the latest fashion, but if you are not comfortable with it, you will still look awkward. Clients or co-workers can easily see if you are confident or not by the clothes you wear. Wear clothing that adds to your confidence by choosing something that fits you perfectly and that you can wear comfortably. If you can’t find ready-made clothes that fit you well, perhaps it won’t be a waste of money to have them tailor made.
State of Shoes
Don’t underestimate the importance of the men’s shoes that you are wearing. They also tell a lot about your personality and style. Shoes have been used even in ancient times to reflect one’s status in life. In other words, a good pair of shoes can be used to give you a good impression in the eyes of other people.
A number of name brands, especially those that are made in Italy, are still a sort of status symbol in today’s top business circles. A good tip in this regard is to buy the best pair of shoes that you can afford. If your income will allow it, you can even buy two pairs. In this way, you will be able to switch between these two pairs, depending on the business function that you are attending and your role in it.
Professional Doesn’t Mean Dull
Only professionals conduct good business. However, being a professional doesn’t require you to wear clothing that is dull. You can still project your own style without being too flashy if you will consider the business function that you are attending as well as the sentiments of those in the meeting. Be aware of the accepted ‘dress code’ whether the event is a formal contract signing or sales meeting with a client or your office staff meeting. The thing is: dress appropriately for the function that you will perform in a business meeting.
Business Attire & Personality
Here is an advice that you should consider carefully: Don’t just conform to the norms of those around you in a business meeting. There is a way by which you can still inject your personality to the business attire that you are required to wear. If you are fond of bright colors and the dress code is somewhat dark, why not choose to wear a lighter shade of that darker color? As long as your dress will not stick out like a sore thumb, go for it.
Accessorize on the Rise
Most women don’t have a problem with accessorizing their outfit. But most men don’t even know how to properly accessorize themselves. While some do use accessories, others most often overdo it. What’s the right thing to do? Don’t you know that there are people who see the accessory before they notice the clothes you wear?
For you ladies, how about choosing the right bracelet or necklace? And for men, how about choosing the right kind of bag that you are carrying to work? Bags are essential accessories for women too. They tell a lot about what kind of person you are. How about a good pair of sunglasses that fit your type of face? Is your face round, square or oval? The important thing is not to forget accessories for they are on the rise.
Fragrances Should Be Subtle
Some men and some women too are wearing their fragrances as if they are competing with their offices’ air fresheners. In other words, their fragrances are not subtle. You should wear your cologne, eau de toilette or eau de parfum very subtly, with only a wisp carried by the wind as you pass by as if it is only an after-thought.
Don’t Show Too Much Skin
You are in a business meeting and not in a brothel so dress up appropriately. Wearing skimpy clothing will get the attention of male clients but may give them a lower impression of your character. Dress in a very appropriate manner and you will do great.
Bonus Tip: Practice Wearing the Outfit to Build Confidence
Practice makes perfect. That also goes to the new clothing that you will wear in your next business meeting. As soon as you get your clothes from the tailor or seamstress or the clothes shop, try it at home for a couple of hours and see how you look in it and then move around as if you are in an office environment.
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