When it comes to the business world, it’s a world of appearances. That’s right, so much of conducting business is all about looking sharp and maintaining a professional persona when money changes hands. After all, your appearance tells coworkers and clients everything they need to know about you at a glance. So, you need to make sure your professional appearance is up to snuff to get the most out of your career. Here are some tips to set you on the right path.
When it comes to a professional look, you just can’t beat a suit and tie combo. However, many of us make the mistake of thinking in black and white. (Literally) A black suit and tie with a white shirt is the bread and butter of visual storytelling because of its ubiquity. However, other neutral colors for your suit are acceptable and you should experiment to find the colors that fit you. Think browns, blues, and greys. You can also experiment with a variety of patterns, such as checkers, houndstooth, and pinstripes. When it comes to your shirt, tie, and socks, you have more freedom to experiment with a variety of colors. So, you could try a blue shirt with your brown suit, for example, to make a compelling and memorable look. You can also match your socks to your shirt to really seal the deal. The tie, however, is where the greatest freedom lies. Wacky ties are a staple of the business world. It’s a tradition, of sorts, to try to find the loudest, ugliest tie you can. However, if this isn’t for you, more nuanced and classy ties exists to serve all needs. Remember, patterns are king here, including the classic paisley. Don’t be afraid to splurge on some new threads from Fossil to expand your professional wardrobe to make that perfect look.