Smart bosses have smart employees. Well-dressed bosses like well-dressed employees. Simple logic. That is the first step towards marking yourself in the work environment. So you must ask yourself one important question, have you noticed how your boss dresses up? The vice versa is also true. Sloppy dressing starting with the boss can find its way into the organization in a uniform manner. Like boss, like dress, like company, like you!
I would, however, assume that your boss dresses up and there is a sense of identity he sees in his presentation and the shades of success and authority he carries around – in his cabin, in a meeting or that conference.
Trail your boss and build a wardrobe around that. Here are some tips
From the boss’ side
Check out the shades he is comfortable with. Of course, you can ask him directly if you are senior enough. But listen to his conversations, his interests and watch him across a few weeks. You will get a diary of his likes.
Conversations about movies nowadays are just not about the actors, music and the regular cinema masala. Suave designers are creating exciting new wardrobes for the actors. From Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood and Hollywood fashion is forecasted and broadcasted in the movies. Check if your boss follows this. You may get some valuable tips from this homework
Observe the time he spends on self-presentation. The way he adjusts his tucked shirt, or how careful he is about the knot in the necktie. The keen observer will also figure out how he stays well-dressed right through the day. Irrespective of being tired he still presents himself as looking dapper. For that matter even the way he loosens neck tie is a fashion statement.
These are some tips from your boss.
Now from your side
Now this is deceptive. You will either over assess yourself or be harshly critical. Find the mid path. Moderate your boss’ likes with your persona.
Take care to know your comfort zone with regards to the colors. If you are not as outgoing as your boss then think. For example, assume he can pull off florals in a tie, then you don’t ape him. You can get his attention with a self-pattern offset by a hint of florals or a seemingly nature driven pattern. Think he will like it.
The next aspect is your height and body. Look at yourself carefully and figure out which facet you would want to exaggerate smarty. If confidence is what your boss is seeking then a dark necktie works. A deep red or that deep blue offset by a pattern. If unobtrusiveness is what your boss is seeking and he believes colleagues should blend into the wood around, then dress light. Light color shirts, neckties in light shades.
If your boss is a young minded person, then you have a peculiar dilemma especially of you are the predictable sort, safe dresser. While the boss is an experimenter you walk on safe ground. A young minded boss wants a young dressing pattern. My tip: warm colors. Sometimes black. Chinese collars on a Friday – risk that. Balance your footwear out. Casual loafers or suede will work well.