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How to Clean Up for Work

When it comes to the world of business, there are a number of factors that go into a good business performance. These are as follows: seriousness, competence, and appearance. That’s right. Like it or not, your appearance will play a major role in the success or failure of your performance in a professional setting. So, you need to make sure your look is on point to get ahead in your business career. Here are a few tips to get you started.

First and foremost, a professional look demands a fine suit. And, you’re probably thinking black. There’s nothing wrong with that, but keep in mind you have other options. As long as you stick to neutral colors, like browns, blues, and greys, you can experiment with different colors and patterns to find the right fit for you. Classic suit patterns include checkers, houndstooth, and pinstripes. When it comes to your shirt, socks, and tie, you have more creative control, so feel free to express yourself here. You can use your shirt to add a dash of color to your look, and matching this with your socks creates a compelling image. Your tie is where you’ll find the least restriction. People often encourage outlandish and wacky ties, let alone more subdued patterns and colors, so go nuts with you tie to leave an impression. Don’t be afraid to spend a little on some new duds from Brooks Brothers to round out your professional look.

Another way to improve your professional look is to make sure your hair is neatly coiffed and your face is clean shaven. This goes a long way toward telling others at a glance that you mean business. Feel free to accessorize your look, as well, with a nice watch, a pocket watch, or perhaps a tie clip. If you wear glasses, try either thick, dark frames, or thin, metallic frames to emanate gravitas.