Championed by: Daniel Stockton
Co-Authored by: Nevin
From ‘Frat’ to Fortune 500
Do you want to learn why dressing to impress is important? Of course you do…
Let me tell you two things I already know about you:
1. You own a pair of Sperrys
2. You’ve worn said Sperrys with khaki chinos/button up, and considered it “business casual”
If I’m wrong, I’m wrong — but I’m not. Today we cover a few basic tenants of dressing to impress. Most of us, whether it’s in college or fresh out, are dressing up for internships, interviews, and brand new 34k-a-year big-boy jobs. Regardless of your reason, your game-plan should remain the same.
The problem? Most of the time, nobody cares to tell us the off-the-rack Polo blazer we bought at Stein Mart looks like a hand-me-down from Grandpa Bill. You know what I’m talking about, cuffs too long (we don’t know where they should break), shoulders too wide (but we’ve been in the gym, and we’re definitely a 44 regular), vent still sewn shut (they never sewed my trendy American Eagle jacket like that). Nothing worse than seeing a sharp guy in a not-sharp sport-coat.[Sighs, sips scotch] Here’s what we need in order for the boss to compliment the tie*:
1. Rubber is for prophylactics, not dress shoes
Unless you live in a tropical rain-forest where it rains 70% of the time (Seattle, but even then… no), you should never put on a suit and a pair of dress-shoes with rubber soles (see my approved business casual rubber shoe, Sperrys and NewBalance not included).
Leather soles, my friends, and only leather soles. I don’t need to explain, but I will. Leather soles make noise, and that noise announces you as you make your way down the hall, it distinguishes you — and solidifies your presence. It’s all about how that sound makes you feel, and it makes you feel good!
2. Tailored suits are not an option, they are mandatory
Why spend $500 (in our case, as young professionals) on a piece of clothing that doesn’t fit you perfectly? Why spend $500 on anything, anywhere, that doesn’t do everything it’s supposed to do… perfectly?! Check out these up-and-coming haberdasheries that make custom-fitting suits a breeze. Here’s another trick — either spend the money to get the suit tailored, or negotiate the tailoring into the price. Prime example: Jos. A. Bank runs more sales than the dollar general store (think about it…). They are always wheeling and dealing, so wheel and deal back. Tell them you’ll buy the three suits you’re trying on, but you want the alterations included in the total price, and a shirt and tie to boot. Most of the time, they’ll work with you on a deal.**
And remember this… a well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.
3. Ditch the classic fit parachute shirt, it does you no favors
You know what I’m talking about, pal. I won’t explain, but visit my guy Charles Tyrwhitt and sign up for the monthly catalog — their sales are insane and their shirts are the best bang for your buck. Welcome to the world of custom fit dress shirts, sir.
4. Accessorize with ties
We’re going all out with the tie. We want this bad boy to pop; we want our tie to DEFINE power. Not necessarily with a crazy pattern, but a prominent color that will stand out. Remember, we’re looking for an attention grabber to turn heads, however we don’t want it to be too loud, and the only thing they can look at (i.e. — figuratively smacks them in the face, not a crushing blow leaving them down for the count). It’s supposed to catch their eye and then draw attention to the “Money-Maker” (your devilishly handsome face).
That’s it. Four steps, each with its own respective action item. However, we warn you: once you start looking damn good, you can never go back.
Over the next few weeks we will delve further with several of the subtopics listed above, making sure you have this looking good thing down pat. Be on the lookout!
* If someone compliments your tie, they are complimenting your look. They’ve sized you up, and like what they see, but don’t want to give it all away. So, they compliment the tie. “I like your tie” will usually mean, “hey, you’re a good looking son-0f-a-gun”. Unless, of course, you’re not looking good, in which case — it’s just the tie.
**NO PLEATS. Are you under the age of 40 and still in good-enough shape that you don’t mind having the lights on when you… forget it. No pleats. Pleats are to make fat people look less fat. You’re better than that.
Have any questions or fashion tips for us? We would love to see them in the comments below!