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Posted on 22 February 2016

In the business world, first impressions inevitably have an impact on your performance. If you make a positive impression on the people you meet by dressing professionally in a style that leaves you feeling confident, you are likely to outperform someone who slouches into a meeting in an ill-fitting suit.

How you should dress will depend on the industry in which you work. Someone working in the creative sector will be likely to have much more freedom to be bold than an individual who works in finance or financial services. For most business environments, it's best to keep to classic styles and shades, with perhaps a flash of colour somewhere to help you stand out.

The key consideration is to ensure that your suit fits perfectly. A well-fitted suit will ensure that you make the best possible impression on anyone you meet. Given the huge variation in body types, it is virtually impossible to achieve a perfect fit with an off the peg suit. Tailors will take into account your arms being different lengths and your posture. They also recommend different pockets and lapels to create a look that enhances your body shape.

Dark colours are still the favored choice of the senior manager. If you want to look like you are a serious contender for one of the top jobs in your organisation, it's better to go for charcoal, dark blue or black suits. Colour can be introduced with shirts, although this should be kept fairly subtle.

In summer, lighter colours are acceptable, particularly if attending a less formal event like a summer party. Even here, it's best not to be too informal and to avoid short-sleeved shirts.

It's important that the outfit you are wearing doesn't leave you feeling uncomfortable. If you're worried about a suit being too tight, or in the case of a woman, a skirt being too short, then you are unlikely to be able to focus on the task at hand.

Sterling Suits can help you to create the perfect outfit to give your career a boost.


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