While it’s true that “manners maketh the man”, knowing how to behave is only half of what it takes to be a Samuel Windsor man. Dressing right and taking care of your grooming are also vital to creating that all-important positive first impression.
Once you’ve wowed the room with your classic menswear vibe, it’s time to let your inner gentleman shine. Need a few tips to help you “dress and impress”? Check out our definitive guide to building a wardrobe to be proud of, complete with hints to help you nail the details.
How to dress and impress colleagues
Never cut corners on workwear. As a professional who takes his job seriously, you must always look immaculate. A classic men’s suit made from quality worsted wool fabric with half-canvas construction and a fine British cut is essential, as are the correct accessories: a pair of well-polished black Oxfords, a properly-ironed cotton shirt, silk tie, and leather belt in the appropriate colour – never less.
Add punctuality, initiative and the determination to succeed and you’ve got the makings of a businessman to be reckoned with. Now go get ‘em.
How to dress and impress friends
What kind of friend are you? If you’d like to build better friendships, you need to adopt an attitude that makes you the sort of person other people want to spend time with. Be a leader in your friendship group by planning something new like a trip to the races or a sports event. Be the man other people turn to in their hour of need. And be generous – with your time and the refreshments!
Make sure you look the part too. People who slob out around their friends end up hanging out with losers. Meeting your mates? Smart moleskins or twill trousers, a tactile Tattersall shirt, and brown leather brogues are ideal. Shrug on a tweed jacket and you’re good to go.
How to dress and impress love interests
New love interest? Date night with your long term partner? Paying attention to your appearance demonstrates that spending time with them is important to you.
As well as behaving with total decorum, you should also turn up for your date groomed to perfection with a fresh haircut, neatly trimmed beard or a wet shave. Wear the best outfit you can afford, without being flashy – remember, understatement is what gives a gent charm. Think chinos, a button-down Oxford shirt and a cashmere-mix jumper accompanied by quality leather loafers, a matching belt and a nice watch.
How to dress and impress family
Some men let themselves go the moment they walk through the front door. But what could be more important than the time you spend with your family? This being the case, why would you neglect your appearance? Dressing well at home shows your partner you respect yourself and your relationship enough to care what you look like. It also sends a positive message to your kids.
Taking care of yourself sets a great example, as does spending time preparing healthy meals, exercising, and enjoying fun outdoor adventures as a family. Make the most of your weekends and holidays and look good too. Try indigo jeans, chunky leather boots and a soft, warm jumper for a comfortable vibe that’s manly but approachable. Not cold enough for a jumper? Go for a corduroy shirt layered over a plain white t-shirt.
Now you know what to wear to any occasion and how to conduct yourself while you’re there. Add some witty one-liners and you’ll be the guy others love to emulate. For a quick, at-a-glance recap of all these tips, take a look at our full infographic below:
How to dress and impress – infographic
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