Have you heard of the man who went to a meeting and forgot to wear dark socks with his suit and coloured in his ankles with a black felt-tip marker? If this sounds like something you might do, do not panic- follow our guidelines on how to dress for a meeting.
If you are unsure about how to dress for a meeting then this article will try and help you solve those wardrobe dilemmas. Whether you are going to your first board meeting or to an interview, follow our four simple rules to ensure you feel confident and will guarantee a great impression.
1. Be Smart
It is very important to look smart when attending a meeting, even if you are not required to wear a suit. If you are required to wear a suit, then men should wear a tie as it pulls the suit together formally. Remember that dressing well gives an impression of respect to your colleagues.
In many industries your presentation to clients is crucial so it is important, particularly in interviews, that your outfit is clean and well presented. Make sure your shoes are not dirty and be careful that there are no marks on your clothes or loose threads hanging from seams. This may appear sloppy and it is possible that others may not take you seriously.
2. Be Simple
Simplicity is genius and crucial when deciding what to wear to a meeting. If your clothes are too busy or loud it will detract from you and others may not be able to concentrate on what you have to say.
A white shirt should always be a wardrobe staple for men and women as it can be dressed up or down, depending on the tone of the meeting. A clean, crisp white shirt will look good with a smart suit and tie but also tucked into jeans.
3. Be Comfortable
If you are uncomfortable in the clothes you are wearing it is quite likely that you will not be able to concentrate fully in the meeting. It is important to wear something that makes you feel confident. So choose something well fitting i.e. not too tight, too short or too revealing.
4. Be Yourself
The famous British broadcaster Michael Parkinson said, ‘confidence has a lot to do with interviewing’ and this is true of any meeting. Your attire plays a supporting role to your character, so wear something that compliments your personality rather than over taking it. You should speak for yourself and not let your clothes speaks for you.
So those are four simple rules of thumb to help with any wardrobe queries you may have. The most important thing is to dress appropriately as you are ultimately there to do business. So if in doubt try and gauge the tone of the meeting before hand.