If you’re like many people who are looking to succeed in the work place, you probably know that a good appearance can do wonders for how you feel — and with that confidence you’ll probably see results in how people respond to you. When we feel good about ourselves, others feel good about us too. So here are just a few ways that dressing for work can make us more successful — and more importantly, more happy.
1. The Traditional Suit
For most businesses, the classic look more or less came down to a pretty simple style: A navy blue or gray suit, with a light blue or white shirt and tie. In the upper-echelons of American business, in fact, a standard outfit was a Brooks Brothers suit and Alden shoes in this style. So much so that when the book “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” was released, the title essentially referred to what was then the sine-qua-non of business wear.
And the thing is, depending on the firm where you’re working, this may not have changed much — and if it has, it doesn’t mean it didn’t have its place. After all, a traditional look can make us think of traditional values we may hold dear — and in business, our values sometimes speak louder than words.
2. Semi-Formal For the Win
If your business offers ways to dress semi-formally — maybe for one day a week, or it’s just company policy to let employees choose their mode of dress — know that style doesn’t have to come at the expense of comfort. Good polo shirts, coupled with a pair of khakis, provide classic looks while retaining a durable and comfortable feel, especially on summer days. Coupled with a blazer, they can also ramp up the formality at a moment’s notice.
3. A New Take on an Old Style
With the success of shows like “Mad Men,” which reach back to men’s style circa the early 1960s, there has been a massive gear change in men’s fashion toward slim-cut suits. The benefits here are that the smooth and svelte lines of such suits, if fitted correctly, can do wonders for your appearance, providing a slimmer and more athletic look in a business environment. Coupled with a thinner tie, it’s a great way to bring style to the office, without breaking any dress codes.
It doesn’t stop with a form fitting suit, to complete this look the details are going to matter. Bringing in specialty accessories to bring it all together is going to make or break the suit. An easy way to bring this to life is with a tie clip or a pair of cufflinks that will stand out and keep that clean cut look. Finally it is important to note that you can never go wrong with a unique yet classic watch. Breaking out a timepiece will never go out of style and you can wear them with suits or whatever else you choose.
4. Keeping an Awareness of New Fashions
The internet has brought about an age for us in which learning about new fashions is only a few clicks away. And finding the right menswear blog offering cool tips for what you’ll want to wear in the new season has never been easier, with sites like offering great looks to those who have a good eye for clothes.
5. A Good Pair of Shoes
Finally, when you’ve got a great pair of shoes, you have both great health (the better posture will serve you well after a long day standing or sitting at a desk) and a great appearance. That’s why a good pair of shoes is essential to a good outfit. Brands like Bass and LL Bean often provide good discounts on great shoes and have provided excellent footwear to customers for generations.
This would also be the perfect time to break out your trendier shoes. There are a variety of boots that are extremely in style that would be perfect for a business casual. The dessert boots are classy look that brings together an outfit while giving it a vintage look. Another shoe that is trending are the Sperry boat shoes, the difference being that you can wear the boat shoes with a colorful neon sole. It creates a unique vibe throughout the whole outfit and it looks really impressive.