You may be mistaken in thinking this article focuses on the study of ornithology. Sadly not. Our title originates from an old English proverb meaning, in general, “appearance is everything,” and something that appears beautiful or good is by definition “beautiful” or “good”.
First impressions are everything, especially in business. How you are viewed and treated as an individual and in your professional life is influenced by the way you portray yourself. Whether it is deemed appropriate or not by today's standards, for our survival, our species' psychology has evolved to judge an individual on their attractiveness and trustworthiness within the first tenth of a second of meeting them.
With this predisposition in place we can prepare ourselves for social gatherings by making the most of our assets. Dressing accordingly for each situation will leave others looking to you as the dominant leader in the room. You will find that this will give you more confidence, gaining you increased levels of respect, enabling you to become more successful, both financially and socially. The important question to ask yourself when attending any function, is “Am I representing myself in a manner which deems suitable for this current event.”
Although it is important to “dress the part”, it can be as much of a faux pas to overdress as it is to underdress. What may seem common sense, is often overlooked when attending relaxed social events with friends and family. For example, it would not do well to attend a Sunday lunch with your associates in full black tie, as this would make others around you feel uncomfortable, which is quite the opposite of what you want to achieve, especially when trying to relax.
In this situation some well fitted chinos, a single breasted blazer with notch lapels, with a crisp, well ironed opened collar shirt should suffice. Depending on the season you may wear deck shoes or a pair of casual brogues but it goes without saying that they should be constructed from high quality leather. What you wear is just as important as the colours you choose, deciding on garish or vibrant clashing colours may leave people seeing you as immature, however a single flash of colour with subtle pastel colours can liven up an otherwise drab ensemble. These same rules can be used for both men and women, taking important care not to clash colours or styles.
When formal attire is the order of the day it is important to remember that “fashion is fleeting and style is eternal,” the black tie combination has not changed much since the 1860's where Edward the Prince of Wales first ordered his tailors to construct a short evening lounge coat for relaxed dinners. This is for good reason. Quite simply it is an elegant and classless image, which accents the masculine silhouette perfectly allowing the accompanying lady to radiate elegance in her chosen attire.
This post was written by Ross Stevens. Ross undertakes online PR and copy-writing for Bespoke Britannia, a luxury lifestyle, training and recruitment company based in London. With over 20 years working for the Royal Household, Bespoke Britannia offers the highest calibre of domestic household services to discerning clients all over the globe.
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