In today’s business world, fashion guidelines have become a bit more relaxed. Fewer men go to work in full suits, and eating at an upscale restaurant tends to pull a sports coat at best. If you’re part of the younger crowd, you might even be getting away with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt at some new start-up. Men, I’m here today to tell you: That won’t cut it. In todays cold economic climate, how you dress might be the detail that puts you over the edge.
When you find yourself in that crucial first interview, attempt to dress a level above the normal uniform. If you’re working on a simple shirt and pants affair, show up in a nice pair of pants and maybe a tie. If the boss wears sports coats, go for the fitted jacket and a nice accessory or designer watch, like these Swiss Vacheron Constantin watches. Do try to avoid dressing too nicely however, as that can appear ostentatious. Showing up for an interview at McDonalds in a three piece suit is simply inappropriate and practically just a poor investment.
Grooming is just as important as your attire. It doesn’t matter if you’re rocking designer clothes with all the right labels – a shaggy haircut can undermine it all. This doesn’t mean you need grandpa’s “High and Tight”, but neither does it mean that you can skate by with your bed head style. We all know you tried so hard to make it look like you didn’t try, and none of us are impressed. The same goes for my bearded and mustachioed brethren. While I begrudge no man his birth right, a shaggy beard is a poor beard and can be damaging to how you are perceived. Remember, the difference between ruggedly handsome and crazy homeless is a good set of scissors and a well-honed razor.
Remember Gentleman, your first visual impression is just as important as that first hand-shake. You’re making a statement with how you present yourself, about the kind of person you are, and how you expect to be treated. Men who dress as a child will be treated as such, whereas men who dress professionally will be afforded respect in kind. Of course, if you’re just not feeling the corporate world you can always pawn your watch (especially if they happen to be these watches) and make a firm investment in a combination jacket-tent.
(Photo – Step Brothers Movie)