How to dress to impress in a business meeting

Founders of Dubai-based tailoring firm Benjamin Siggers share tips on what to wear, and what to not wear, in the boardroom
How to dress to impress in a business meeting
By Lubna Hamdan
Sat 10 Nov 2018 01:12 AM

According to a psychology study by Northwestern University, the clothes you choose send a message not only to yourself, but to those around you. To help you leave a good impression on others – particularly in business – Matthew Benjamin and James Siggers, the founders of Dubai-based tailoring firm Benjamin Siggers, have shared their tips on what to wear, and what to not wear, in the boardroom in order to impress.

1. Overdressing is better than underdressing

If you’re planning a meeting and you’re in doubt of what to wear, always opt for a suit and tie. The colour of your suit is also a crucial factor, with favoured shades being navy blue or grey. Invest in a good quality tailored suit which will boost your confidence, enhance your performance and impress those on the other side of the boardroom table.

2. The right fit is key

Choose a comfortable, tailored suit jacket that sits well on your shoulders and isn’t too long or too short at the sleeves or back and front. Your suit trousers should also be the right length and be expertly pressed. When attending a business meeting, always go for a classic, slim fit suit.

3. Steer away from bold colours and prints

This depends on how easy going your work environment is, but the founders of Benjamin Siggers recommend steering clear of loud colours and patterns which can divide opinions. Instead, keep it sharp and sophisticated. Choose white or light blue organic cotton shirts and pair with light pastel coloured ties with minimal prints. Moreover, try to stay away from ‘trendy’ unsafe looks.

4. Keep the shoes and accessories classic

Opt for a black or brown pair of oxfords or brogues and pair them with silk black socks. As for a belt, the founders of Benjamin Siggers prefer suits without it, but if you were to choose one, they recommend a leather belt that matches the colour of your shoes. However, make sure the buckle is simple and not too bulky as to preserve an elegant look. Moreover, a classic and simple leather-banded wristwatch will make an impressive statement when you rest your arm on the meeting table.

5. Groom, groom, groom

If you prefer to maintain a beard, make sure it is well-trimmed. Otherwise, go for a clean shaven look. Attention to beard detail shows you have put some effort in. Your hair should also be tidy. One hairstyle you can never go wrong with is a James Dean-inspired one. As for fragrance, it should be subtle and distinctive but without being overpowering, so opt for fresh and light scents.

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