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Fashion is essentially the most popular mode of expression: It describes the everchanging style of clothes worn by those with cultural status. A fashion trend occurs when others mimic or emulate this clothing style. Fashion is an endless popularity contest.

High fashion is the style of a small group of men and women with a certain taste and authority in the fashion world. People of wealth and position, buyers for major department stores, editors and writers for fashion magazines are all part of Haute Couture (“High Fashion” in French).

Some of these expensive and often artistic fashions may triumph and become the fashion for the larger majority. Most stay on the runway.

“The apparel oft proclaims the man.” -Shakespeare

Fashion is a means of self-expression that allows people to try on many roles in life. Fashion is that invisible image that speaks to your personality. First impressions have become a norm in the business environment that portrays the hidden personality of the individual.

It takes only one-tenth of a second to form an opinion about one; the importance of creating a professional first impression can’t be understated. Whether meeting with a client, presenting to a room or nailing an interview, appearance is a critical filter. Visual cues – from the cut and fit of your attire to the condition of your shoes – become makeor-break details.

When it comes to making sartorial statements that will have a lasting impact, the suit is the sharpest one a man can make.

The moment you put on a perfectly fitting suit – whatever the occasion – there is a noticeable shift in the way you present yourself. Your posture improves, which in turn helps make you appear more confident.

The garment’s rich history and refinement adds a subtle sense of authority. High fashion-minded workers understand the impact that a great suit can have. “There is a fine art to suiting. A precision cut, smart fabrication and sharp finishes show an acute attention to detail and can set you apart in the workplace”. “First impressions count.

Make a strong one with colours, prints and styling that reflect your personality.” With men embracing the nuances of fashion more than ever, they’ve also become spoiled for choice. The sheer variety of modern suiting means there is not only a suit for everyone, but one for every occasion.

A Good Man, advises clients that a good impression is as much about knowing your audience as it is dressing for the occasion. “It is important to take into consideration the setting you will be in and dressing respectfully for the people you will be meeting with,” Rolland says.

(Thomas Rolland, the head image consultant for Melbourne-based stylist) “When you are getting ready or are preparing for a certain occasion, be sure to think about where you will be going to, who you will be meeting, what will the other people in the same location be wearing, and what best describes you as a person.” There are various obvious reasons why we need to dress to be addressed such as:

GETTING THE JOB

A good first impression in an interview could be the vital difference between you and another candidate. It’s also a time when the traditional, as opposed to the adventurous, can make a stronger statement. Sticking with a classic, single-breasted suit such as those from British designer Paul Smith or Japanese label D’URBAN will help you convey the calm confidence required.

WINNING THE PITCH

From the Monday morning boardroom meeting to walking into a sales pitch, one way to let colleagues or your audience know you have it covered is to look as incontrol as you feel. To achieve this, one needs to choose a suit that grabs the room’s attention. “A threepiece suit, such as those from Hugo Boss, will show an appreciation for tradition”.

LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION

Creative industries such as advertising, design and PR have led the way in celebrating individual style within the workplace.

These environments call for style that, while less structured, retains suave professionalism. Saba’s “Darren” style in navy check, or Sand’s “Sherman Brandon” in sharkskin, teamed with either a crisp white or similarly coloured blue shirt for a tonal effect, will create the perfect balance between personal expression and office appropriate.

WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER

Sometimes, dedication to the job requires putting in time outside the traditional 9 to 5pm. Entertaining clients after hours or weekend functions lend the chance to break free from corporate rules in favour of a bolder sense of style.

Eye-catching checks such as Prince-of-Wales Check or textured finishes offer a relaxed, yet no less refined, aesthetic guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd. “”A bold check suit, like those by Australian label Calibre, will reveal a confident leader.”

“Alternatively, West End’s textured suit teamed with a gingham shirt will show an affection for 1950s good manners.”

DRESSING FOR SUCCESS

It’s interesting to note that despite the increasing casualization of certain industries and workplaces, the suit remains a powerful mark of class, style and power worn by those at the peak of their professions.

There’s a lot of truth in the saying that you should dress for the job you want and not the job you have. Nothing signifies your seriousness about making a good impression like the perfect suit worn. Dressing fashionably exudes certain characteristics when done right. These include the following:

CONFIDENCE – You know what you’re doing and have control of the situation all the way.

INTELLIGENCE – You appear competent and assumed to be smarter based off a first impressions.

POWER – Discover the secrets to signaling primal strength with ANY body type in ANY situation.

SUCCESS – Discover how to subtly signal wealth, accomplishment, & refined intelligence.

A LEADER – Understand the visual cues human beings look for in those they follow.

SEXUALLY APPEALING – Ability to attract others by leveraging subconscious visual cues & mannerisms.

RESPECT – Strong image commands respect. It evokes the hidden rank structure in society

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Wearing the right outfit for the office in 2019

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Suit or shirt? Skirt or slacks? Tights or bare legs? Sandals or pumps? These are the questions you might find yourself asking each morning as you select work attire in 2019. And, depending on the dress code your company enforces, you could be spot on – or woefully off-base in your fashion choices.

According to a survey by Salary.com, only 55% of workplaces have a dress code. If your new employee orientation didn’t cover it, contact HR to ask about the official policy. Even if your orientation manual tells you to dress “business casual,” though, what exactly does that mean? What is acceptable – and what isn’t?

Official Dress Codes for 2019

There are typically four types of corporate dress codes: business formal, business professional, business casual, and casual. Here are some general tips for both men and women for each category. Stick close to the basics and ensure that you’re always dressed appropriately in this 2019.

BUSINESS FORMAL

If you work in a law firm, regularly meet with executives, or otherwise hold a high-level position, you might be asked to come dressed “business formal” or in “boardroom attire.” This is the highest level of professional dress.

For Men:

  • A tailored one-, two-, or three-button suit in a solid, neutral color like black, gray, or navy.
  • Ties and other accessories should be both modest in color and style – solid, brighter colors (a red tie, for example), or patterned muted neutrals (a navy plaid tie) – as well as high-end in quality. No novelty ties, such as sports team patterns.
  • White, collared button-up shirts.
  • Shoes should be closed-toe oxfords in brown or black, not loafers.
  • Hair should be well-groomed. In general, short hair is most acceptable.
  • Nails should be clipped short, clean, and buffed. Don’t be shy about getting regular professional manicures.

 

For Women:

  • A well-cut pantsuit or skirt suit in a conservative neutral color, such as black, navy, or brown.
  • White button-ups with a collar.
  • Closed-toe heels in a neutral color such as taupe, black, grey, or brown.
  • Tights, preferably in a dark color.
  • Conservative accessories – for instance, diamond studs rather than chandelier earrings.
  • Well-groomed hair worn in a conservative cut, such as a bob or soft layers.
  • Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees.
  • Well-groomed, neutral nails that are either clear coated, or painted with a beige-toned polish.

 

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL

A step down from business formal, business professional clothing is still neat, conservative, and traditional, if a little more loose when it comes to color or pattern. Business professional is also sometimes called “traditional business.” Expect to present a professional appearance every day, injecting personality into your outfits with your accessories and color choices.

For Men:

  • A one- or two-button suit. Suit colors should still be conservative, but you have more leeway with pattern – a conservative stripe or check, for instance.
  • Pressed, lighter-colored dress pants worn with a sports jacket.
  • Conservative ties, but feel free to introduce colors and patterns. For example, you can feel free to wear a blue-striped, professional tie, but no novelty ties.
  • High-end accessories, such as watches (preferably silver, gold, or white gold) and cuff links, if necessary.
  • Shirts should be collared button-ups, but can be colored, as long as the color is fairly conservative. Blue, burgundy, or gray all work well.
  • Shoes should be conservatively colored oxfords or polished loafers in black or brown.
  • Hair and nails should be groomed, but check with HR on acceptable hairstyles.

 

For Women:

  • A suit or skirt, top, and jacket in a conservative neutral color, such as black, brown, or navy.
  • Collared button-up shirts that may be any solid color.
  • Dark or nude-colored hosiery.
  • Closed-toe pumps in a neutral color such as black or brown.
  • Larger, more noticeable jewelry – as long as it’s not distracting. Think along the lines of one statement necklace or a chunky watch. High quality is preferred.
  • Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees.
  • Well-groomed, neutral nails. May be clear coat or beige.
  • Hair should be neat and groomed, but check with HR on acceptable cuts and colors.

 

BUSINESS CASUAL

Business casual is one of the more common dress codes for a certain group, the media and advertising firms, allowing employees to add personality to their workwear without looking unprofessional. In a business casual setting, you can expect a lot more in the way of color and accessories.

Still, the term “business casual” can mean different things to different organizations, so it’s always best to check for guidelines with HR instead of making assumptions. Note that sometimes business casual can also be called “executive casual.”

For Men:

  • Can wear colored, collared button-ups in any color. Conservative patterns such as checks or stripes are acceptable too, worn with or without a tie.
  • Ties should still be conservative in pattern. Avoid novelty ties, and choose patterns like dots, stripes, or checks. Most colors are acceptable.
  • Pullovers and sweaters worn over collared shirt. Choose solid, striped, or another conservatively patterned sweater. Primary and jewel-toned colors are best.
  • Dressy slacks, such as black dress pants or pressed khakis in the summer, worn with or without a sports jacket.
  • More casual accessories, such as a leather-band watch.
  • Shoes can be oxfords, loafers, or another comfortable yet dressy choice, in brown or black. Avoid sneakers.
  • May offer more leeway for hairstyles, allowing for longer hair (check with HR).
  • Nails should be clean and short.

 

For Women:

  • Business separates, rather than a full suit – a skirt worn with a cardigan or jacket, for example.
  • Colored shirts and blouses, rather than mandatory collared button-downs. Choose solid colors, or muted patterns like stripes or checks, and avoid low-cut shirts or bright patterns.
  • Slacks and khakis.
  • Larger jewelry, such as a statement necklace or large cuff-style watch. Doesn’t necessarily need to be the highest quality – gemstones and other casual materials are fine. Scarves may also be appropriate.
  • Shoes may be comfortable flats and loafers, as well as pumps, but should remain closed-toe. Can be any color, although black, brown, red, navy, and gray are among the most appropriate.
  • Nails should be well-groomed, but there can be a few restrictions on colors.
  • Hair can be more casual, with less conservative colors and even more noticeable (chunky or high-contrast) highlights generally acceptable. It should still be neatly styled, such as blow-dried, or in a ponytail or bun.

 

CASUAL

If you’re fortunate enough to work in a casual office, the trick is to avoid getting too casual or creative with your dress. According to the survey by Salary.com, your coworkers make specific judgements regarding your capability based on your clothes, which may extend to employers as well. By arriving to work in casual clothes that are still neat, pressed, and appropriate for the type of work you do, you can make sure that a casual dress code isn’t holding you back.

For Men:

  • Casual pants and slacks, but never jeans unless stipulated as acceptable by HR. If jeans are permitted, dark-wash, straight-cut only.
  • Collared polos or crew-neck sweaters and pullovers. The majority of colors and patterns are okay as long as they’re not a novelty pattern, such as a sports team logo.
  • Casual accessories, such as brightly colored watches.
  • Shoes that are clean. Sneakers are usually acceptable, as are loafers.
  • Hair and nails can be more casual. Nails should remain short and clean, and casual offices generally allow for longer hairstyles and ponytails.

 

For Women:

  • Nicely fitted tops and blouses, although shirts should never be tight or revealing.
  • Slacks or skirts in more casual fabrics, such as cotton. If denim is permitted, dark-wash only. Avoid overly casual denim cuts, like cutoffs or flare jeans.
  • Skirts should remain at knee-length.
  • Open-toed shoes are permitted. Avoid casual shoes such as sneakers or flip-flops.
  • Casual accessories, such as scarves. Larger rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are fine, and may be of any quality.
  • More leeway with hair length, style, and color. More adventurous styles and colors are typically fine.
  • Nails can be painted in brighter colors, or with any type of pattern. Avoid novelty characters or designs, or limit “louder” designs to one nail only.

 

In office dress codes, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and dress a little more formally than necessary until you have a better grasp of what is and isn’t acceptable at work. If your business clothing mantra is “clean, tailored, and professional,” it’s pretty hard to go wrong, regardless of the environment in which you work.

What type of dress code does your office use?

 

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