The saying “ dress to impress” is more than just some catchy phrase. Science shows dressing the part has a bigger impact on image than we think. Each day we are placed in different situations and contexts, come across different people and forge different relationships. It’s important to always be prepared. Your next boss, future spouse, or business partner may be lurking just around the corner.
Below are some tips to keep your suave game strong and get you that much closer to where you want to be in life.
Set your Intention:
Stats show it takes under 10 seconds for someone to form a first impression of you. A great way to give a good first impression is to set your intention – what do you want people to think of you? Start by thinking of the setting; is it a date or a networking event? Perhaps it’s an interview. You can then consider what is appropriate or inappropriate for that specific setting. Start to think about whom you will be meeting, what type of conversations you would like to have and what you want the outcome to be? This can be an incredibly grounding experience and works very well to focus on what kind of energy you want to have for this specific occasion.
Professional Etiquette is Never Overrated!
There are a few things that should be rather obvious like a good handshake, eye- contact and overall presentation. However, there are some things that most of us need some work on:
- You want your first few seconds when meeting someone to be productive and have zero awkwardness. A clear, well-spoken introduction is key. Perhaps work on your elevator pitch beforehand. The concept behind an elevator pitch is to be able to sell either your company, a product, or in this particular case – yourself to someone else in the time it takes to ride an elevator – this is generally a 30-40 second speech. Forbes gives an excellent write-up on crafting an elevator pitch here.
- Speak with confidence and show a sense of interest in the conversation. Studies show those who talk in a deeper, calmer voice are taken more seriously.
- Our phones have become attached to us like glue and can be a huge distraction. This constant yearning for and continual eyeing of our phones often interferes with how we present ourselves. Your new acquaintance deserves your undivided attention, so turn your phone off and leave it in your pocket. Placing your phone facing down on the table still sends a signal to others that you are not fully present nor interested in the conversation at hand.
(Now for what we love most) – What you are Wearing
Of course, physical appearance matters. The person you are meeting for the first time doesn’t know you, so your appearance is usually the first non-verbal signal and clue he or she has to go on. No, you don’t need to look like a man out of GQ magazine, but you do need to put a bit of effort into the way you look.
Wear the right size:
This may seem like the most obvious piece of advice, yet many men still walk around with clothes either far too big or too small.
If the item doesn’t fit you perfectly, get it tailored or don’t buy it in the first place. Simple. Going to a meeting with a shirt that’s too big gives off the impression of laziness and shows a lack of interest or care for your job. On the other side of the spectrum, clothes that are too small can be distracting and could give off a bad impression.
Your partner may love it but arriving with bed hair or hair that is still wet shows your peers that you are unorganised and possibly don’t have your life together. Give yourself an extra 3 minutes to comb, gel or take ahold of those locks. Pinterest offers some incredible styling tricks and tips for men. Alternatively, ask your barber for some pointers on how to style your hair next time you’re in the hot seat.
Pay attention to your accessories:
There are all sorts of great accessories in the modern man’s wardrobe. Accessories allow one to wear the same suit twice but still make an outfit look completely different. A few accessories we love to pair with the right outfit include funky socks, a classic satchel and a great watch. Something to consider however is ensuring it is the right accessory for the right outfit and setting. You want your accessories to show off your personality but still allow you to look sleek and professional. Remember, dress for the job you want not for the job you have.
There are so many important things you need to think about when preparing for an important event. Luckily with Crate|ov Clothes, choosing the right outfit and how to put it together won’t be one of them.