Dress to Impress, Dress for Success.

When Mark Twain said,

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little to no influence on society.

He wasn’t kidding. C’mon, who would you secure an investment with anyway? A man in a moth-eaten, ratty sleeveless tee and underwear or a man who is dressed to kill (note: James Bond)?

It only takes a quick glance and a few seconds for someone to judge you and evaluate you when he or she meets you for the first time. It is during this short time that the other person will form an opinion about you, fairly or unfairly, based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your mannerisms, and your attire.

What is the appropriate dress code for a meeting or an occasion? In a business setting, perhaps a suit and tie, and maybe a blazer as well. Ask yourself what the person whom you will be meeting is likely to wear. If your contact is in the music industry, then a pinstripe business suit may not strike the right chord.

The appropriate dress code also varies between countries and cultures, so you may want to do your homework or pay attention when in an unfamiliar setting or country. Make sure you are aware of the traditions and norms before heading out to close a business deal!

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Image credits: Business School Presentations.

Otherwise, you could just go for the universal dress code that may not get you the deal but at least you won’t be kicked out of the meeting room!

Guys, please do this:

  • Iron out the creases on your white or pastel blue shirts
  • Make sure the creases on your slacks have been removed as well
  • Pair or match your outfit with a black or navy blue formal jacket or blazer
  • Shine your black shoes with polish until they sparkle
  • Don a tie (if you want to go all the way)
    • A striped or patterned tie for solid coloured shirts
    • A solid coloured tie for striped or patterned shirts

Girls, you too, just without the tie:

  • Go for crisp, starched white or pastel-coloured blouses
  • Pair them with a dark-coloured pencil skirt or slacks
  • Match your outfit with a dark-coloured formal jacket or blazer
  • Have a pair of black heels handy (no stilettos, please!)

Alright then, people, you’re all good to go! Have fun, but remember, you’re there to make a good impression so please don’t get too carried away.

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