Dress to impress

Age Correspondent: Stepping into the big bad world not just demands a change in attitude, but also a fashion makeover. Too many young men start their professional lives without a clue on how to dress. Yet, as future leaders and decision makers of the society, dressing smart is the first step towards becoming a professional. Apart from boosting your own confidence, it can also help you influence others. Irrespective of where you work, crisp, clean, and well-fitted clothing encourages others to take you more seriously. Making the transition from college to work wardrobe can be tricky. So stylist Nikhil Joshi lists out some essential tips to help you make the right impression: 
  • Classic footwear: The old adage that goes ‘you can judge a man by his shoes’ holds relevance till date. Appropriate-fitting footwear is the first step to dressing sharp. Invest a significant amount of money for well-made, classic footwear. The price of well-crafted shoes may come as a shocker, but the quality and comfort are enough compensation. A good pair of leather dress shoes will last you years and stay good-looking with nothing more than some light cleaning and the occasional shine.
  • Dress to look mature: If you’re still wearing clothes that shout ‘college boy’, you’re going to be treated like one. Tweak your look a little and get the respect you deserve from older people. Try and replace the majority of your ultra-casual clothes: T-shirts, cargo pants, jean shorts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, with clothes that announce your maturity. Look beyond denim and go for well cut and classically styled trousers that will make you look a little sharper at social occasions than jeans. They’re less common in a young crowd, so you’ll already be standing out. You can also get wool or cotton trousers much lighter than blue jeans, which is a blessing in any kind of warm weather. Good polos in simple, dark colours are always presentable and flattering as compared to baggy T shirts that make you look sloppy. You can also opt for buttoned short-sleeved shirts in the summer.
  • Build from white and blue shirts: White and light blue cotton dress shirts are irreplaceable essentials in a sharp wardrobe. Both the colours look good on most complexions and body types. Patterns can liven up the basic white and blue colour palette, and there’s nothing wrong with branching out into other colours once you’ve got a hang of your style.
  • Suit up: No matter what your job is, you’re going to need a decent suit at some point. If your job requires you to wear one regularly you should look for a variety of hues and styles; if you just need a single suit for rare dress occasions stick to a classic single-breasted, two-button suit in charcoal gray or navy blue. Also, make it a point to have your suit well-fitted. Source: The Asian Age

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