When in doubt about how to dress for a specific situation, I hail to the “class” family – that is, classic and classy.
classic: judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.
classy: stylish and sophisticated.
Applying these to fashion, I mean choosing a classic style fused with classy elements. A full suit in black with minimal white touches has been formulated never to disappoint.
So, what makes a great first impression? That depends on a few things. Who are you meeting? What are you doing? When are you meeting? Where are you meeting? Why are you meeting? It’s the 5 W’s of life we were taught in elementary school when we were learning to write or trying to solve a problem. Surprise: it applies to every situation we face in life.
With that in mind, we take a corporate setting filled with business-savvy people on a 9 to 5 shift doing administrative activities to fulfill a job requirement and plug it into the equation. Formal business attire = nothing distracting, everything tailored, professional garb. Sometimes it’s okay to see how others dress first in a foreign setting before decidedly showing off the flair that makes you you. Fit in to belong, discover your place, and subsequently follow through with your own personal touch.
I got 99 problems but work ain’t one. Corporate crash course: completed.
MORAL OF THE STORY: You must first fit in to know how to stand out.