Don’t be a slob! Why it pays to dress to impress at work
Published By: gary Nov 15, 2017
Some TDs wear t-shirts to the Dail and some tech companies allow staff to slope in to the office wearing runners and hoodies. But at EJ’s we believe dressing to impress can lead to success.
We know wearing a suit day in, day out can become monotonous. And in some cases, can even kill your love for the old two-piece.
Here we’ll tell you how you can shake things up and still maintain a solid love affair with formal attire.
Nowadays, there are so many style and colour options available for men, it can be confusing.
That’s according to EJ’s style advisor Tom Clarke.
But he insists there is a way to dress impeccably without falling into the boring or the predictable trap.
“Upcycling your wardrobe is the easiest way to keep things interesting,” says Tom.
“You can add accessories like lapel pins, different coloured ties and pocket squares to make your suit more exciting. Also, a simple purchase like new shoes and a belt can really give your suit the lift it needs.”
Another budget way to breathe new life into an old suit is a new shirt.
“The most popular shirt colours for work tend to be blue or white,” says Tom. “These neutral colours provide endless tie combinations. So, about five or six shirts is enough to rotate and then you can build up the number of ties you have to give the suit a lift.”
But before you blow your savings on a work suit there are some key elements to take note of.
“The quality of the suit is incredibly important,” explains Tom, “so the wool content should be 50 per cent or above. This type of suit will hold its shape well, even when worn regularly.”
Generally, people tend to wash their suits too often and this can reduce the longevity of a suit, so if you’re looking for a reason to do less cleaning, you just found it!
“All you need to keep your suit fresh is a sponge clean and press every six to eight weeks,” explains Tom. “And then you can get it washed professionally about three times a year.”
Also, if you’re working in suit regularly, it’s a good idea to have two to three work suits in your wardrobe. “This is great,” says Tom, “because if you are rotating your suits then you will have less wear and tear, you won’t need to clean your suits as often and they’ll be easier to maintain.”
Studies show that what you wear to work can alter the way people see you, affect your promotion chances and even harm your chances of getting a job in the first place.
Casual Friday has put a halt to ‘stiff’ work wear, but still there are some items that should NEVER see the inside of an office.
“T-shirts and polo shirts are always a NO,” says Tom.
“They look unprofessional and that can leave a bad impression, so it’s best to keep this casual look for outside of work hours. For casual Friday, a good choice is chinos and a shirt.”
So now that we have the everyday aspect of work and casual Friday covered, you might want to know how to impress at a business meeting. According to multiple studies the most trustworthy suit colour is… drum roll please… a dark or navy suit.
Navy is a power colour, so it gives the impression of authority. “The best combination for a navy suit is a light blue shirt with a red or wine tie,” says Tom. “These colours create a strong image and will leave a great first impression for interviews and business meetings.”