Do you want your subordinates to listen to you and your seniors to trust you?
Do you want to be perceived as a bona fide professional?
If yes, then you need to focus on your style.
The way you dress and present yourself communicates how professional your attitude is and how serious you are about your work.
Billy Knight, a former professional basketball player, rightly says, “If you look professional, you will feel professional as well, and that will give you a better chance to actually be professional.”
According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, our mind’s function is affected by the type of clothes we wear. Clothing also affects our behavior, social interaction, mood, and personality as a whole.
For everyone around you to believe that you are a professional, it is crucial to dress well within the appropriate dress culture and boundaries of your workplace.
Determine the dress code of your workplace and dress up or down accordingly. Depending upon whether the dress culture is formal, business casual, or casual, you can also develop your style.
Below, I have compiled a list of style tips to look competent, capable, and professional in every kind of dress culture.
Grooming and hygiene can make or break a look
Many organizations have a clear policy related to hygiene and grooming of their employees. But even if they don’t, it doesn’t mean you show up at the office without a haircut or trimmed beard.
Groom facial hair every weekend. Maintain oral hygiene by brushing your teeth, flossing, and cleaning your tongue properly. Stained teeth and bad breath are never the signs of a professional person.
You spend a big part of your day in the proximity of your colleagues, and annoying them with an unbearable body odor will kill your impression big time.
Therefore, pay attention to stay clean, fresh, and odor-free by using deodorant after your morning shower.
Invest in bespoke clothing
I cannot stress enough on how vital well-fitted clothes are to make a good impact. Loose and baggy clothes will never make you look like someone serious about their job.
On the contrary, if you wear something perfect for your body, it will instantly uplift your professional image.
My advice would be to add dress shirts to your wardrobe that are in a breathable, stretchable fabric, and fit you just right. Pair them with trousers and chinos in a range of colors that go well with several of your shirts.
Not only will you build a versatile wardrobe this way, but you will also set a standard style for yourself.
Similarly, if we talk about suits, make sure you wear ones that fit you well and are darker in color.
I am in no way discouraging lighter tones, but darker shades like navy blue, black, charcoal grey, and brown tend to look more seasoned, and that’s what we are rooting for right now.
Step up your casual game
You can’t wear tailored suits to work all the time, so try and break the monotony on casual Fridays.
If you’re thinking of carrying a casual look, then be advised: nothing rocks causal outfits better than a refined and classic leather jacket.
When it comes to a leather jacket, men can combine it with several outfits to pull off a dapper look. For example, pair it with chinos or dark jeans and a white or light blue shirt and classy derby shoes to achieve a truly professional look.
Guide to choosing the right footwear
The right choice of shoes pulls off the whole outfit, so don’t think no one notices them.
A piece of advice: get your footwear in classic brown or black. It will give you that fine look. Brighter colors, and over the top designs may give you an amateurish, cheap look.
If you can’t decide on what type of footwear could be better, I will advise you to go for loafers. They look great with both formal and business casual wear, so they are a safe choice.
You can’t complete a professionals gentleman’s look without the right accessories, especially a watch.
A plethora of variety is available when it comes to men’s watches, but the ones with a plain black dial and black leather strap look very slick. Other than that, a metallic chain watch looks elegant with office wear, such as a suit or blazer.
Coming to belts, the first thing you should ensure is never to put on a worn-out belt to work. It looks highly unprofessional and sets an unimpressive perception. Secondly, make sure that the belt metal is not too flashy.
Also, have a pair of classy shades for any outdoor professional activities.
Avoid wearing too much fragrance
According to a study, the sense of smell is 150,000 times more sensitive than vision. Therefore, it can be said that your fragrance may be the first thing that gets you noticed before a person visually observes you.
However, if the person sitting in the farthest corner of your workplace can smell when you enter the office, it means you are imposing yourself on people.
Your cologne can get you positive attention only if a person who comes near you can smell it. Remember, fragrance should be discovered rather than announced.
Do you think a person will keep you in high regard if he sits near you all day long, bearing your strong smell that may give him a headache? Certainly not!
Stay away from bizarre patterns and anything neon
A little pop of color to show your personality does no harm, like in a tie or your pocket square. But, avoid wearing shirts and trousers that are too vibrant as they give you the kind of attention that no one would wish for.
A few examples of style mistakes are zebra-striped socks, neon ties, and big patterns on shirts and trousers, which are a big no-no in an office setting.
Develop an effortless personal style
Your mantra should be to stay comfortable yet project a professional image. Understand the fine line between getting inspired by someone, and copying them mindlessly.
You may have been awed by George Clooney’s iconic dapper look in the Ocean’s eleven. But if you copy his every outfit, you can’t expect people to get inspired by you. You aren’t the only one who watched the movie.
Be original, and develop a personal style that is just right for your unique personality. Paying attention to little details like using shirt-stays to keep your shirt tucked in, and properly ironed clothes can be the first step towards this.
As you climb up the style ladder, incorporate some specific colors, patterns, or materials that will consistently be a part of your workwear.
Famed motivational speaker Holly Sweat once said, “Dress professionally, as you only get a single chance to make a first impression.”
Remember that to look like a competent, respectable, and trustworthy person, dressing up will always be better than dressing down, as you don’t want to be the least stylish person in the room.
Leave a comment below if you have tried any of the style tips mentioned above and tell us how well they worked for you. Tell us in the comments if you have any other ideas on how to pull off a professional look.
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