Although it’s possible to be a captain of industry in a hoodie, you might want to make more of an effort as you work your way to the top. Like it or not, what you wear says something about your values, competence, and self-respect. Capitalize on these men’s tips to dress for success, and then once you’ve surpassed your first billion, you can wear whatever you want.
The upper classes know that it’s backward to try to fit into what’s on the racks. In a perfect world, you’d have a personal designer make all your clothes just for you. Until you can afford bespoke suits, make sure you know what size you are, and ensure that everything fits impeccably. Get your suits tailored in classic, flattering cuts. And if you can’t find separates that look right on you, have a tailor adjust those, too.
Keep It Simple
For most careers, a classic wardrobe of dark neutrals will get you far: charcoal, navy, and gray suits; white and blue shirts; and a solid tie in blue or red. Once you’re confident that you have quality basics, you can add different colors and more modern styling.
Good taste isn’t synonymous with designer brands, so don’t get suckered into spending too much needlessly. Still, pick your spots, and spend a little more on the go-to pieces you’ll wear the most. Switch up your style with traditional dress shoes in surprisingly luxe materials. Learn to wear shirts with French cuffs and cufflinks, or treat yourself to that expensive watch.
Take Care of Your Clothes
Details matter. If you have nice things, maintain them and have them at the ready. Use a dry cleaner you can trust, and regularly polish and condition the leather on your shoes and belts. If a spot on your collar just won’t come out, it’s time to get a new one. If you have standards for work, make sure you adhere to them in how you present yourself.
Have Some Fun
Some men’s tips to dress for success may sound boring, but you don’t have to be. You can be professional and still have a personality as long as you don’t veer into inappropriate territory. Wear some brightly patterned socks or that tie with lobsters that makes you smile. You’re not wearing a bland disguise, but you don’t want to look like a joke, either. Avoid anything you’d categorize as “novelty,” but don’t be afraid to put on something interesting that could be a conversation-starter.