I always hear a bunch of different excuses as to why some guys choose not to dress well, and I’m just not talking about wearing a suit and tie. For some reason, a lot of guys think that the clothes they wear is not a big deal. Some even think that wearing nice clothes is a waste of time and money. However, I have been using clothing as a tool for success ever since I started my career. In fact, there were several times that I found myself being the best dressed man in the room, even as an intern. Fortunately, my work ethic complimented my sense of style and I was able to work my way up the ranks rather quickly. So here are 10 reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid to be the best dressed man in the room.
1. Boost of Confidence. Whenever I am dressed well, especially in a suit and tie, my confidence level is usually on 1000 and as a result, it helps me perform at my best. So simply put, I am a firm believer in the phrase, “If you look good, you feel good, you play good”.
2. People are Judgmental. Whether you like it or not people judge you by what you choose to wear. Therefore, clothing is a form of communication that can help you communicate the respect that you have for yourself and those around you, before you even say a word.
3. People treat you with more respect. I couldn’t stress this enough, it’s amazing how people respond to a well dressed man, especially if you’re wearing a suit. They will call you sir, hold doors for you, and in some instances you will even receive better service, such as in airports and restaurants. In fact, I challenge you to try that experiment for yourself.
4. Being dressed well doesn’t mean a suit. You don’t necessarily have to wear a suit to be the best dressed man in the room, thats just my personal preference. However, I do believe that everything you wear should be worn with thought and good intention.
5. Women love a well-dressed man. If this isn’t a good enough reason, I don’t know what is!
6. People tend to trust you more. Last year I visited H&R Block to get my taxes done, but the guy that wanted to help me literally looked like a slob so I refused to let him do my taxes. I just didn’t trust that he would be able to do a good job, so I went to a different company that offered tax preparation services.
7. Prepared for Anything. I really hate feeling underdressed, and ever since the last time it happened, I promised myself that it wouldn’t happen again. It was a Friday and I just didn’t feel like wearing a suit and tie to work, so I wore a pair of jeans and a blazer. In most instances, an outfit like that would be completely acceptable. However, shortly after I returned from my lunch break I found out that the President of the University wanted to meet the staff from my department, and it was just my luck that I chose that day to not to look my best. Ever since that day, I never let that happen again!
8. The First Impression. You only get one chance to make a first impression and there is really no better way to leave a good one than to be dressed well. For instance, when I was apartment hunting, I went to an open house event and there were dozens of people trying to claim a handful of available apartments. We all filled out the same rental application, signed the contact form, and was told that we would get contacted as soon as possible. Fortunately, according to the real estate agent, I was one of the first people to get a call because I stood out amongst the group for all the right reasons.
9. Leadership. Men who dress well are usually perceived as leaders. Take a moment and imagine what a CEO of a Fortune 500 Company would like. Most likely the man you envisioned is well groomed, well educated, and is wearing an impeccably tailored suit.
10. Potential to earn more money. Studies show that men that dress well will earn about $250,000 (over the course of their life) more than men that choose to blend in, mainly because of the various opportunities that come their way such as promotions and extra service within their career.
So if more money doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will!
Suit by Suit Supply, Shirt by Tailor4Less, Tie and Briefcase by Vintage, Shoes by Zara
As always, thanks for reading!
The Dapper Advisor