You compete you win. You are confident you win. You don’t take notice of your competition then you lose. And the world doesn’t remember losers. While I may not be able to tell you how to be better technically, for sure I know that dressing is a competitive trait. Dressing smartly is a subtle way of staying ahead of your colleagues. So compete with your colleagues even with your dress. Some of the smart, successful ones actually compete with themselves, constantly reinventing themselves. If you are lucky you will have sloppily dressed colleagues! The challenge lies when you have guys who are as smart as you are. How do you stand out?
Stand out tips
First the basics – well-ironed clothes. Razor sharp creases. Well-knotted ties. Polished shoes. Matching clothes. Well-groomed hair. Smell good. Wear a fresh active look always. Not a sleepy tired one.
Dressing correctly is a combination of self-assessment and style quotients that are comfortable for you. Dressing competitively means you invest quality time in differentiating yourself in the choice of colors, the matching of the shades, the way you gel every aspect of your wardrobe for that irresistible, inimitable look.
So let’s start with some shades that work- Beige shirt with black trousers. Or an Avant-garde light blue shirt with khaki chinos. Play safe, then the classic dark blue trouser with a well-tailored self-patterned blue shirt to give you that attentive youngish feel.
Type of shirts that’s easy so long you know which collar type suits you. Winged, straight, high or a low collar. Check out the style that best works for you. If you are a scrawny person then a short collar works better. Broader collars work well for heavier types. Chinese collars for the clean neck guys…
Sleeves keep it simple. If you work in a formal environ – bank, investment consulting, quasi-government then cufflinks are in. Rest of the locations and situations avoid them. Buy a shirt, which looks good when you roll up the sleeves. You can look dapper with rolled up sleeves too. Barack Obama – seen his pictures with rolled up sleeves in the Oval?
On ties the competitive trait is simple – power dressing. Don’t blend in. Stand out with the shade and the type of necktie. Shades – reds, contrasts, and trendy aquamarines. Type of tie – alternate between the broad and slim ones. The day you feel very confident inside then walk in with a slim plain tie. It will tell everyone around, you are seeing the dress to say you are in control. Fabric – silk and cotton both work. The fall and stiffness counts. That’s your personal choice.
Belts think the flashy ones can be avoided. Belt buckle is not always in. Harnesses work. Pick and choose one that is pure leather and you must ensure that you maintain the belt. Wrinkled belts are like wrinkled clothes. But a wrinkled shoe says the wearer is a well-rounded, experienced guy. Wrinkles in the shoe also say a lot about the quality of the shoe, Good leather has smart wrinkles.
Perfumes and does, I am not a great supporter of them. Buy if you have to use them, then subtlety works. Natural pines and summer strains. They make you smell good to yourself and others especially in crowded elevators.
And one last stand out tip – stay optimistic, stay grounded. Know yourself before you plot to get at the competition. Good luck.