There was a time when the term ‘power dressing’ was used to refer to the use of expensive, fine quality clothes with hard and sharp lines to make men look angular and assertive. But things have changed at least 180 degrees since then. It is no more about the cost of the suit; it’s about the cut, the tailoring of the suit that makes a better impression.
When it comes to power dressing, the confusion is shared by both young and mature people. The situation becomes even more acute in the corporate world where it is an indication of your professionalism. Power dressing along with office etiquette plays a great role in your professional success, often acting as currency to barter goodwill.
So forget the baggy, boxy, ill-fitting suits of yesterday and say ‘hello’ to slimmer cuts, lighter fabrics and straighter lines, after all we are talking about power dressing.
Here’s what you need to know to look like a CEO.
Dress for The Job
Today we live in an era where your clothes speak volume about you. The old proverb, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” has become a rule in the corporate world and you will do well by sticking to it. Power dressing is all about projecting the right image. So if you want a million bucks, look like one.
Remember that conservative careers need a conservative dress. And unless you want to look as radical, always dress according to your work. It is true that the corporate dress code has become a lot relaxed over the past few years, but power dressing still remains in effect. Although most organizations relaxed their dress codes during the dot-com boom to attract the younger generation, the current trend is back to suits and organizations are now asking young employees to dress more conservatively.
With the vast array of shapes, shades and textures of suits available today, it is quite natural to get confused. The Golden Rule to follow here is: Wear a suit that perfectly fits your body type and personality.
Weight does Matter
As mentioned, the days of bulky, heavy suits are gone for good. The weight of your suit fabric has certainly dropped these days. Manufacturers are now using lighter wool for both winter and summer suits.
The fabric is made from a finer and smaller yarn and there is certain elegance to it. The suits no more hang stiffly on you; rather they drape perfectly to enhance your body shape. The appearance and texture of the modern suits are also different. The surface of the texture looks and feels so conspicuously lighter that you can comfortably wear them during the warm summer months.
The goal is to wear climate-friendly clothes. While a navy pinstripe suit is the ultimate power dressing item, you can wear lighter colors » Watch Full