Magazine article Management Today

How to Dress to Impress

Magazine article Management Today

How to Dress to Impress

Article excerpt

The modern man or woman needs to look good in every work situation, but it's no longer easy to know what's right. Tie or no tie? Trainers or brogues? New Romantic quiff or short back and sides? And can women wear jumpsuits to a board meeting? (definitely not - Ed.) The rules can be complicated, but there are some basic truths that will hold you in good stead ...

Know your style

The key to being well dressed is to eschew high fashion for what's right for you. 'It's about having your own style of dressing and sticking to that,' says Patrick Grant, director of Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons. Find a formula and change the details to suit the seasons. Don't be tempted by neon Dr Martens or metallic mini-skirts, even if you think you'll look cool - you'll just make everyone snigger.

For men

Suits are still obligatory for many. 'For all the sartorial games of the big personalities, I believe the humble suit to be a vital, ever-present essential for business,' says Austen Pickles, managing director of travelling tailors Norton & Townsend. Start with the basics: a charcoal or navy two-piece, a good white or pale blue shirt, and a navy blue tie. Dylan Jones, author of Mr Jones's Rules for the Modern Man (Hodder & Stoughton), advises: 'The tip of your tie must never fall below the belt. The thin end should never fall below the fat, front end.' Never tuck your tie into your trousers. If you're not wearing a tie, pick a patterned shirt. And never show more than half an inch of cuff when wearing a jacket. …

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