The fact is, you can graduate college from the most prestigious university, but still – there is no class that teaches you the importance of appearance, much less a class that tells you exactly what to wear as a grown up executive. There’s a lesson that I’ve learned over and over again in my life and recently it came back to the front of my mind. Perception is reality. You want to create influence? Well you’ve got to look like influence. So, ACT AS IF.
Image: Ben Affleck in Boiler Room
Even Mark Twain said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
Here are some tips on how to dress for success. #influenceisPOWER
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No one knows better about making it big than Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines — Cosmo’s publisher. In her book, Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), she shares her awesome tips for a kick-ass career.
The way you present yourself makes a huge difference in how people perceive you, and not just in a superficial way. People make judgments about your abilities, self-confidence, and savvy based in part on what you choose to wear and how you choose to carry yourself.
When I was just out of college and looking for my first job, I wrangled an interview at Condé Nast, then one of the biggest magazine-publishing companies in New York. I dressed in a nice, conservative suit and felt pretty good about how I looked — right up to the moment I stepped into the elevator at the Condé Nast building.
I immediately felt the penetrating gazes of half a dozen fashionably dressed young women as they looked me up and down, several of them clutching their Louis Vuitton bags. Suddenly, I felt like a complete hayseed. I couldn’t help but be self-conscious — exactly the opposite of how you want to feel going into an interview — and all because I hadn’t given enough thought that morning to how I should dress. The experience taught me a lesson I never forgot.
Mr. Mafioso is the beloved and respected, Mr.Mafioso, AskMen.com columnist tells it to you straight.
Respect. Everyone wants it, few get it.
Why? I’ll tell you why. Respect is earned, never given. And nowadays, with our rush to do everything yesterday, few have the will, patience or perseverance needed to be truly respected. Like drinking a good espresso, building respect requires time and an appreciation of the fine details needed to achieve a perfect result.
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Regardless of what you’ve done in the past, how much money you have in your bank account, how famous you are, or how fat you’ve become, a man in a well-tailored suit will always get treated better than some salame off the street.
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I’m not talking about just any suit, I mean a well-fitted one, tailored by a man who left his village in the south of Italy to come to America with nothing but his needling skills and his shoes. This is not a time to be cheap. Get a suit that costs $200, and you’ll look like $200. Get a suit that costs you $1,000, and you’ll look like a million. And don’t skimp on the shoes either; buy yourself one good pair at $400 a pop rather than four cheap pairs for $85. When it comes to luxury items, anything made in Italy is automatically better than anything else — end of story.
Original: Mafioso: 7 Ways To Get Instant Respect
There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking. – Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.
(Born in Hong Kong) is a luxury menswear designer of Austrian and Zanzibar heritage.
Oscar Udeshi, a former City man turned menswear designer, has an insider’s insight into the importance of image in business. “If your appearance doesn’t send out the right message, there can be a lack of trust,” he says. Your look has to communicate that you are trustworthy, responsible, sincere and likeable, particularly at an interview.
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And your first day in a new job presents another conundrum: how will you look impressive while still fitting in? “You don’t want to go over the top, but you don’t want to be mistaken for the post boy either,” says Udeshi. So turn up looking smart, but safely outside the realms of sartorial excess.
Once you’ve put your stamp on the company, it’s time to ask for a pay rise. Looking the part puts you on the front foot. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found attractive communicators were more persuasive than average looking ones – so the better you look, the better your chances of getting the rise you’re after.
An economic downturn can be fortuitous for some: a reduced workforce leaves greater scope for good people to rise faster. At this stage, you’d do well to concentrate on the details of your outfit, to set you apart from your colleagues and other candidates – and we’ll show you exactly what to focus on.
And having been granted the corner office, your PA and company equity, finally getting a seat on the board is not an excuse to let your image slip. Your look needs to be inspirational without being pompous – business is hardly booming, remember? So quality of fabrics and materials is key.
Whatever level you’re at, underestimate the importance of your image at your peril. The wrong outfit can short-sell your talent, but the right one can leverage your potential many times over.
Original: Men’s Health, Dress for Career Success
Don’t want to wear a suit? At least – be consistent.
Being consistent in your appearance can also be a great tip for dressing for success, take Steve Jobs & Mark Zuckerberg.
Take Albert Einstein. It has been reported that the famous physicist bought several versions of the same grey suit because he didn’t want to waste brainpower on choosing an outfit each morning. Now—decades later—President Obama does the same.
Michael Lewis wrote in a recent Vanity Fair article:
You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions.
“Famous business people and politicians are known to be consistent with their wardrobe because it’s their brand identity,” says Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and author of Me 2.0. “It’s who they are, how they want to represent themselves and make a statement. It’s not about what you wear, but what you accomplish. [Mark] Zuckerberg, for instance, wears casual clothing because he represents the entire generation of young people who don’t want to wear suits to work.”
This week, the Facebook CEO told NBC’s TODAY host Matt Lauer that he owns “maybe about 20″ identical grey T-shirts. Zuckerberg said, “I mean, I wear the same thing every day, right? I mean, it’s literally, if you could see my closet at home.”
The only thing predictable about Steve Jobs keynote speeches is what he would be wearing. His classic black mock-turtleneck, jeans and sneakers have pretty much become his uniform. I sort of envision his closet looking similar to one I recall from an old episode of Inspector Gadget, which was just full of the same trademark trench coat and hat.
Well, Jobs dressed-down style of work attire garnered him billions of dollars. If you are hoping to one day mimic Steve Jobs’ wild success, maybe the first step should be to start dressing the part.
William Arruda, a personal branding guru and author of Ditch. Dare. Do!, says this practice can be part of personal branding. “They wear what they wear because that’s what they feel comfortable wearing,” he says. “When you wear something that just feels right, you are confident. And it is also great to have a trademark look. It makes you memorable and distinctive.”
Original: The Steve Jobs Wardrobe
And last but not least, a message from Donald Trump. (We would have appreciated this message with more authenticity & less heavy on the advertisement, but that’s an entirely different article.)