For anyone who’s worked in an office, you know that your wardrobe plays a part in how people react to you. The better you dress, the more senior you appear. Dressing appropriately for your job is part of developing your interpersonal skills for your career.
While I dress well, I’m no expert so I’ve asked Sunjeev Prasad of Street Gentlemen to write about dressing well for the workplace. He does 1-on-1 consulting for men looking to improve their style and physical appearance and get more confidence in their lives. And while this post focuses on men’s style, women can use the principles also to improve their confidence in the office. Sunjeev knows a thing or two about fashion so here are his words about using fashion to improve your career.
Looking for a competitive edge?
It might actually be easier than you think.
Positioning yourself as a well-informed leader, go-getter, and likeable guy can all be achieved through how you present yourself.
You’re probably wondering, “how the hell is this possible?!”
Let me explain.
Your image plays a key role in your career success.
Guys that don’t care about their work or climbing the corporate ladder often don’t put much effort into their appearance. They do just enough to “get by.”
These are the guys who buy their suits off the rack without giving it any thought.
This results in a wardrobe that fits poorly, looks cheap, and doesn’t command any respect or barely any attention from women during happy hour.
If you’re taking this approach and you’re not happy with your dating life or your career situation pay very close attention to this post because you’re going to find out exactly how to turn things around.
Get familiar with your tailor:
You can find some very nice suits off-the-rack.
Don’t sell yourself short, they NEED to be altered to your body shape before they see the light of day. Doing so will highlight your best physical assets.
This has the ability to make you appear leaner, more muscular for the skinny guys, and taller if that’s what you’re looking for.
Of course before you even go to the tailor it always helps to know what your measurements are first.
Mirror the boss:
Using his style as a source of inspiration would be wise for more than one reason, even if you don’t always see eye-to-eye.
Before you become a leader at work people need to picture you in that role.
That means that you look the part. When you look the part, you’re going to carry yourself as a leader in the workplace.
There’s actually an emerging branch of science called Embodied Cognition.
The main idea is that we don’t just use our minds to think but also our bodies.
It’s all about the way our clothes influence us — how they feel against our skin, when we see ourselves in the mirror, and actually wearing certain items like a suit completely alter how we carry ourselves.
Break free from the pack:
Unless you’re ok with being an office drone don’t do what everyone else is doing.
If most guys in the office are typically wearing khakis, a light blue button-up shirt, and black dress shoes avoid dressing like them at all costs!
Your first step will be to come to terms with the fact that you’re going to stand out. When you stand out, there’s a chance that your buddies may crack a few jokes at your expense.
Deep down we all know they wish they looked as good as you.
Once they realize that you’re in serious consideration for the next raise or promotion they will come running to you in hopes of finding out how you did it.
Though all of your qualifications may be on even playing field, you’ve found your competitive edge by positioning yourself as a leader through your style.
You’ve heard it a million times before — dress for the job that you want, not the job that you have.
So if your goal is to become an executive, partner, or upper management, it’s time to start dressing like you’re already there.
Remember, your colleagues need to picture you in that role before you’re even considered for it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
Make sure you’re well-dressed for any occasion by downloading this FREE style guide.
It outlines the 16 Essential Items Every Man Needs To Build The Perfect Wardrobe.
Sunjeev Prasad teaches men how to dress well and know what’s stylish so that they can carry themselves with confidence.
This mission came about after a fateful trip to the mall back in high school. He was the butt-end of jokes and took a huge blow to his confidence.
After promising to never feel that way again, he’s dedicated the last 10 years of his life to learn as much as he can about men’s style.
Today he works 1-on-1 with men to help them achieve their personal style and confidence related goals.
You can connect with Sunjeev at Street Gentlemen — personal image consulting.