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.


But My Body is Telling Me Yes

Communication is exchanging information or news, or a connection between people or places.  We communicate in different ways between our spoken language and our written language.  But what about our nonverbal communication?  Oh yeah, the thing that we never really think of.  It’s there whether we want to be or not.  Our body language is a giant, neon billboard of nonverbal communication.  We’ve all made different facial expressions and gestures with our bodies to signify things.  Our likes, our dislikes, as well as our neutrality.  So what does this have to do with the business world?

What I want you to do right now is watch this video, it’s about 20 minutes.  If you don’t have 20 minutes then fast forward to the 13:20 mark of the video and watch until the 15:40 mark.  Go ahead, I’ll wait… Back already?  Now that you’ve watched it you’re ready to take on the world, right?

The main point of the video that I want to address is the two minutes around the 13:20 mark.  This goes back to my very first post about why I started this blog.  This is one of the things that can make or break a job interview, our body language.  When we act confident we begin to feel confident, and when we begin to feel confident we become confident.  The idea of fake it till you make it is real, but like Amy Cuddy said in the video, you can fake it till you become it.  This is an easy tool to keep in the arsenal of things that can set you above your opponents.  When you see yourself sitting as if you’re moping, remember this and take the two minutes to help yourself become more confident.

Like Amy said in the video, you make yourself more desirable in those situations to future employers. The coders in the experiment made decisions just based on body language who they wanted to hire.  No résumé, no cover letters, no background information, just your body language.  So when you’re next job interview or presentation rolls around and you start freaking out if you have everything in order, remember to take two minutes to put yourself in a high-power pose to give yourself more confidence. Your employer wants to be confident in you so you need to be confident in yourself.

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.