Dressing For Success
Everyone knows the importance of a first impression – it can make or break your personal image. We do judge a book by its cover, that is simply human nature. Studies have shown that it takes only seven seconds to form a first impression. Your attire plays a much larger role in your journey to success, than you might think.
A wise man once said, “You can’t get rich, looking poor.”. This is true as people are naturally drawn to successful individuals as they view them as their role models. Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the number one best selling personal finance book, once said “Your network is your net worth.”. People like people who are like them, so if you want to be rich and successful, you have to start with looking the part first.
Studies from Yale, have shown that participants dressed in business suits drove three times the sales volume than those dressed in hoodies and sweatpants. This boils down to a simple theory – “perception is reality”. Is it a stretch to say so? It might not be. Humans are visual and social creatures. We have an innate need to seek acceptance from our society. A business suit is a global representation of formal wear and it is the epitome of smart and sleek.
When you look good, you feel good. Feeling good translates into better work performance which leads to career success. In a business setting, it never hurts to overdress than to risk looking sloppy. Looking suave and put together in a tailored suit instantly elevates your look. Most importantly, when you don a business suit, you feel powerful and in charge. This empowers you to make bold decisions independently and look at the bigger picture instead of fussing around with the minor details.
THE RIGHT CUT
A tailored business suit that conforms to your every line and curve, is the key to your very own power suit. Nothing beats a fitted suit that highlights and encases your body in all the right places. The right fit lies in the details. The sleeves need to end just at the wrist and the trousers need to stop right below the ankle. Shoulders need to be defined to give you a broad and robust frame. Store-bought suits made for the mass market might give you a shoulder divot, resulting in a poor fit. The waist should be brought in to give you a streamlined proportion. Hence, it is wise to invest in a bespoke suit, tailored just for you.
Never underestimate the importance of wearing clothes that hugs you just right. It instantly elevates your look and gives you an air of power.
Your choice of cloth will determine the texture and vibe of your business suit. In our hot and sunny Singapore weather, it is wise to choose light and breathable fabrics like cotton, for comfort and function. For a red-carpet event or formal dinner parties, it is best to go with silk, as the soft gleam of the cloth lends a touch of elegance to your look.
Regardless of the fabric you choose, it is crucial to choose a wrinkle-resistant cloth that does not crease easily as you go about your day. Crumpled clothing is never a good look for formal occasions as it makes you seem untidy.
At Made Suits, we have a plethora of fabrics to suit your every preference. Walk in store and let our professional tailors recommend the best option for your need. Looking good never felt as effortless as this.