apparel

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Even though you want to set yourself apart, you definitely want to keep your suits on the darker side. While khaki/tan suits are great for summer and for certain events, most of the time you need to stay on the dark side of the color wheel.  Black, navy blue, dark grey (charcoal), and grey are your friends and should be treated as such.  Yes these colors can be bland, it’s best to be subtle.  Remember a little goes a long way.

In my last post I talked about how you can set yourself apart.  99% of the time you are going to be able to match the colors of your accessories to your suits.  That’s where the darker color suits come in handy. You can even get your suits in different patters.  Different patterns work better for different people, and that’s something we’ll discuss in a later post.  For now, though, just remember dark suits are your friends.  Socks, ties, cufflinks, lapel pins, and pocket squares are the place to branch out for bright colors and different patterns.

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Welcome to Dressed 2 Impress!  I want to use this blog to take a look at sort of underworld of professionals.  We all hear about how important it is to have a great résumé or how we need to try to get as much experience as we can before we get ready to enter the job force.  Yeah all of these things are important, but do they help you pass the eye test?  Here’s what I mean by this.  Take a look at the picture below:

Looks like a well dressed guy, right?  Slender, suit that fits right, looks to fit the bill of what I would call business professional.  He definitely passes the eye test, so does this give him an unfair advantage over someone else? But what if his socks or shoes don’t match the suit?  That’s what I want to talk about with this blog.  Dressing to Impress.  You can have the best anything on paper, but if you don’t immediately catch an interviewer’s interest you may be dead in the water.

Hopefully we can all learn together about this.  We’re going to talk about a lot of Dos and Don’ts of apparel to try to give us the upper-hand, but also talk about instances that this has happened to us.  Did wearing that certain color or patterned tie kill the deal?  Did the wrong collar on a shirt kill the chance of an interviewer getting to know you.  I want to know your thoughts and opinions and find out what you think are some definite Dos and Don’ts.