Your wardrobe is an investment
Think of your wardrobe as an investment. You should take time to select high-quality pieces that are versatile in terms of styling and matching. And while the old saying “Sometimes you have to spend money to make money,” can apply, you can actually create an executive-level wardrobe on nearly any budget.
The trick to doing this on a shoestring is tailoring. This is something I feel people often forget about: the importance of having clothes that fit your body.
This isn’t always possible with ready-to-wear clothes. So, find yourself a good tailor and have your clothes cinched, let out, lengthened or shortened as your body dimensions require. This is critical to the image of success you want to portray as a business person. Nothing says this better than high-quality, tailored clothing.
Dress at your level … but with an eye toward advancement
Another secret is that, as an executive, you should aim to dress at a level above your staff. If the office dress code is business casual then, as an executive, you should dress slightly more formal. This establishes a subconscious boundary between your employees and yourself that underscores the organizational chain of command.
While you should dress a level above your staff, you should also dress at the same level as your executive peers. You don’t want to come off as trying to outdo your peers thus creating unnecessary competition or offense.
In the end, career success isn’t always just about the work you do. It’s the image you portray as well. I’m sure we all know this on some level. We’ve all had the experience of being treated one way when dressed sloppily and another when dressed sharply. If you want to be an executive, it’s important you consider all these factors and make the best decision regarding attire so that you represent not just who you are today, but where you want to go in the future. Dress for the job you want!