Beyond the Home Business – Dressing For Success

While you have a home business that might see you cut off from the outside world most of the time, there will be occasions when you either have to meet colleagues or present yourself on video.

It’s at these times that striking the right note with what you where is essential and it’s with this in mind that I would like to share some tips for how men can dress for success.

First of all some ground work.

There are some foundational things about how you present yourself that we should address before we get into the details.

  • Always have clean and clipped nails! Long nails on a man aren’t attractive, keep them short.
  • Spend money on your hair. You could dress shabbily but if your hair is well styled it can make all the difference.
  • Clean, well heeled shoes are mandatory. Never wear beaten up trainers. If you have them at home, throw them out. Trainers are for training in, not for wearing to the shops. And also make sure that, like your nails, your shoes are always clean!
  • Invest in dental hygiene. Notice I said ‘Invest’? Having good teeth and clean breath can close deals and bad teeth and bad breath can break them. Simple.

Dressing for success doesn’t always mean wearing a suit. I have met men that look a billion dollars who are simply wearing baggy linens. The late and great Pavaroti springs to mind. When he met the Princess of Wales, he was wearing linen trousers and a lovely linen top with a pashmina around his neck and shoulders. And this look is fantastic for large men.

Of course we all come in different shapes and sizes and there are an infinite number of variations as to how we can best dress, but allow me to share some basic sartorial rules for dressing well and attracting followers for your business.

Formal wear: Tailored suits are a must. Once you buy a tailored suit you will never go back to suits of the off-the-peg variety. A tailored suit will give even an over weight man the silhouette of James Bond. So make a pact with yourself to only wear tailored suits.

Shoes: A worn heel is a big deal. When people see that your shoes are past their best it either means that you can’t afford a decent pair – in which case business must be bad, or you’re attention to detail is lacking, in which case your business might not be run very well.

Be careful. Check your shoes and make sure that they’re beyond reproach

Ties: Mickey mouse ties belong in Disneyland. My rule of thumb is ‘Plain and Bold’. Stripes are a no no. Floral is confusing. Just choose plain bold colours. Red is a great tie color because it means action. Polka dots are also very nice and look both formal and friendly.

Belts: OK here’s the law. Your belt should be real leather and the same color as your shoes.

Shirts: I don’t know why there are formal shirts in colours other than white. You may fancy a change and perhaps buy a canary yellow shirt. But remember you’re in business. Forget about variation in this area. White always wins. Hands down.

Casual wear.

A fatal mistake of many aspiring millionaires is that while they dress well at the office, their casual wear is inappropriate.

The best way to dress whether casual or formally is to ask yourself, would a millionaire dress like this? If we dress today how we want to look tomorrow we are positioning ourselves to attract the thing we want. A bit like a dress rehearsal for success.

So ripped jeans, busted up trainers and T-shirts with juvenile prints on them have to go.

Remember that, even while you’re out at the grocers, you’re being watched by people. And one of those people could be your key to millions. So dress carefully when away from the office.

My clothing of choice when not dressed formally looks something like this.

White Shirt

Plain V-neck jumper

Dark Velvet Blazer

Slim jeans

Brown leather shoes.

Wearing clothes like this means that you need never be ashamed to meet a key prospect while out for a stroll.

The social nature of the internet means that, more than ever, the public are connecting with who we are. So we need to ensure that when they get to meet us, our appearance lives up to expectation.

Defining the Work Uniform: Business Dress or Business Casual?

Have you been assigned the job of selecting and purchasing corporate clothing for your employees, but don’t quite understand the dress code? Don’t worry. We have the information that will help you determine what kind of work uniform your employees need to comply with your current business dress code.

Business Traditional Dress Attire

Have you ever heard the term “dress for success”? This term expresses the need for individuals in business to create a great first and lasting impression in the business world with the correct attire. In other words, when your workers dress for success, they are dressing in such a way they can show their clients and the world they know what they are doing.

For many, the business traditional dress attire is confusing. It doesn’t have to be. Business traditional work uniforms always include the following key elements:

  • Suit jacket for both men and women
  • Suit pants, coming in various styles such as straight legged or flare legged pants
  • Mid-length and full length skirts, most often with a centre vent to allow for easy movement
  • Crisp dress shirts
  • Stylish corporate jackets

Employees often accessorize this business wear with leather, closed toe shoes, leather belts, and ties. When you purchase a work uniform for your employees and the dress code in your office calls for business traditional dress attire, make sure you choose the right corporate clothing.

Business Casual Attire

While it is still possible to “dress for success” in business casual, this type of work uniform generally refers to a form of attire that is much more relaxed than corporate attire. This does mean your employees will be showing up to work in jeans a t-shirt though. After all, there is still “business” in business casual attire.

Here are a few of the types of clothing this form of dress refers to:

  • Khakis and chinos
  • Suit pants
  • Sport coats
  • Fine knitted sweaters
  • Casual but classy cotton blouses
  • Polos and golf shirts

The majority of the time, no tie is needed with business casual. Closed toe and closed heel shoes are still required, and tennis shoes are strictly prohibited with most work uniforms.

Making the Choice

Determining what kind of dress code you want for your employees often depends on the nature of your office or business. Ask yourself these questions:

– Do your workers come into contact with customers on a daily basis?
– Do you want your clients to immediately be able to identify your employees?
– Which attire makes a better first impression on your clients?
– Do you want your employees to feel successful, confident, and perform their daily tasks with pride?

For many, the business casual dress code does not provide the best solution. The dress attire, for instance, would better suit companies such as hotels, restaurants, and offices, where contact with customers occurs on a daily basis. You want your employees to make a great first impression and show your clients how great your business is. This will help build your client’s trust and, in the end, determine whether your client will purchase your product or service.

When you are looking to purchase a great work uniform for your employees, make sure you choose the one that will help them dress for success.

Business Dresses For Women

Most companies have their own dress codes; and usually, these dress codes imply business attires. If you are a woman who just got a job at a big company, prepare yourself and get a handmade business dress. Actually, you can choose from a lot of dresses from numerous stores. Then again, if you want to make a good impression, you have to show your uniqueness and sophisticated style. Choose a handmade business dress that will make you look professional and stunning at the same time. Make sure that the dress is made of durable materials and will allow you to move around with ease. Working women like you need to be energetic all the time.

Anyway, when buying a handmade business dress, choose a conservative garment. Obviously, you will be in a corporate environment and not a party. Avoid wearing something revealing such as a dress with a plunging neckline. Avoid anything that shows too much cleavage, your chest, your back, your stomach, your feet, and even your underwear. You must not wear mini skirts, either. This means that your handmade business dress should be at least knee-length. As for the prints and patterns, you can wear something with simple designs. Just do not overdo it, and do not wear something that has a comical print.

Opt for a handmade business dress that does not easily become wrinkled. Also, it will be better if you wear dark colors. Dark hues suggest a more serious personality. So, aside from black, you may wear a dress in charcoal gray and navy. Avoid neon or shocking colors as much as you can. These colors are loud, distracting, and inappropriate. If you wear a suit jacket, you may wear a light-colored, collared blouse to bring attention to your face. Nonetheless, you may also wear a sweater or a cardigan over your handmade business dress. Just make sure that they are neat and simple.

Do not wear too much make-up and accessories, as well. Your hair must also be neatly fixed. Keep in mind that party attire is very much different from business attire. You have to maintain a decent appearance around your workplace. Discreet jewelries are usually permitted, and you can wear a scarf. You may even wear a tie. Just make sure that your accessories match your handmade business dress. As for the belt, do not wear anything fancy. Just stick to the regular leather belt. As for the shoes, keep it simple yet classy. A pair of black high heels is common. The color of your handmade business dress must match your bag too. Its material and color must complement your overall attire. A leather bag is actually the most appropriate since it is classy, elegant, and practical.