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Its Not Always About the Job

Just because you have a job interview or a professional event to attend. Its about taking care of ones image that really matters whether they have places to go or people to see. First impressions are everything and if you were to dress smart and sophisticated its more than likely you are taken seriously. Study shows the better well dressed and better looking you are, you are likely to be more successful than the person who does not make an effort.

For some tips read Primer Magazine for some good advice on how to look your best all the time.

Dont’s of Men’s Professional Wear

Never button the bottom button of a 2-button or 3-button suit.

Level Up:When sitting, unbutton your jacket to avoid creasing the material. When you stand up, button the jacket back up.

If you’re going to wear a pocket square, do not match it to the pattern of your tie. If you want to play it safe, go with a classic white square.Style Tip #5

Level Up:While pocket squares do add a bit of flare to your outfit, in a business setting they’re usually not recommended. However, don’t be scared to try out cool colors and patterns while in social settings.

Socks may seem like an insignificant part of your style, but nothing detracts from your look more than white crew socks peeking through the bottom of your pant leg. Buy some dress socks – some nice dress socks.

Take some time to get ideas on what looks good and what doesn’t. There are hundreds of blogs and websites out there dedicated to helping guys dress better.

Some more references to check out!!

Do’s of Men’s Professional Wear

Always try to match the color of your belt to the color of your shoes.

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Level Up: Take it one step further and try matching the texture and finish of the leather on your dress shoes to the leather of your belt. The trend nowadays is a thinner, sleeker belt. Try to keep the belt less than a 1 ¼” and a simple non-flashy belt buckle.

Try to match the width of your tie to the width of the lapel on your suit jacket. Save the skinny ties for suits with a more modern slim fit cut with slimmer lapels.    

As a general rule, brown shoes go with all colors of suits except black and black shoes go with all colors of suits except shades of brown.

The one part of your wardrobe you shouldn’t skimp on is shoe quality. Shell out the extra money for a good quality pair of leather dress shoes.

Find yourself a good tailor. A $1000 suit that fits poorly will always look much worse than a less expensive suit that fits tailored to your body.

The Dont’s for Women’s Business Attire

The phrase dress classy not trashy sticks with me when ever I have to dress up for a professional event. through my years in college i have seen many women dress incorrectly and knowing the don’ts when it comes to dressing up really helps minimize room for error.

  • Don’t wear too many accessories
  • Don’t wear anything ripped
  • Don’t wear leggings or yoga pants
  • Don’t wear strong perfume
  • Don’t wear overly bold makeup

The Do’s for Women’s Business Attire

Whether you are attending an interview for that dream job, or just hoping to make a great impression in your existing workplace one thing is certain – the way you dress can have a huge impact! This is one area in which men definitely have it a little easier than their female counterparts.

  • Wear clothes that fit: Cleavage is never a good idea. If you have to pull your skirt down it is too short.
  • Understand the type of dress appropriate in your industry: take a peek at your company’s dress code for any questions.
  • Make sure your hair is dry: wet hair translates to poor time management.
  • Pay attention to your toes if your are wearing open toe shoes. keep pedicure clean or polishes, not in between.
  • Dress for the position you want.

Appropriate Dress for Men & Women Regarding Interviews

Men and Women have it different requirements for dressing for an interview. It’s best to talk about what not to wear rather than what to wear. It gives a better guideline for both men and women. Here are a few examples:

Shoes: Women- open toed or sandal styled heels with an open back are not professional. Professionally dressed attire requires closed shoes that are no more than 3 inches high, usually in dark colors. Men- shoes should have laces and thin leather sole. Most importantly the shoes match the color of your belt.

Suits: This applies to both men and women. A crisp, clean and well-tailored suit. The basic colors to stick with are Black, Navy or Grey. Don’t pitch up to any event in jean and a casual t-shirt. Or a tie that’s loud or a skirt that’s too short. If you are doubting what you are wearing for an interview for example, that’s something you probably don’t want to and shouldn’t wear.

Jewelry:  Women- Any facial piercings are not professional and should be hidden by invisible studs or simply taken out. Rings and necklaces should be to a minimum. One ring on each hand is allowed. Keep away from bold and big types of jewelry. Men- big shiny watches, earrings and necklaces are probably not the best option. Keep it clean and classy.

On the first day it’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed. A dress suit will always do the job stick to dark colors until you sass out the dress code. Keep it clean and classy. Have at least 2 pairs of black dress pants and blazers and pair them with different blouse colors. This way you have a new outfit for each day of the week.

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