Dress Yourself Smart
The clothes you wear have a huge effect on how other people perceive you, especially on first meeting. A job interview, at meeting with new clients, trying to convince the bank manager to grant you a loan, even going on a date with a picky woman all require you to look clever. Choose the right outfit and they’ll think you’re a genius. It’s just up to you to bring a convincing attitude.
It’s a cliché, but smart people are often accessorised with glasses. Maybe there is a correlation between intelligence and glasses, or maybe all the smart people realised that people will respect them more with a pair of spectacles. Choose a pair of fashionable plastic frames, and you’ll be making a style statement and looking clever all at once. It doesn’t matter if you don’t actually need glasses- those with 20/20 vision can pop on a pair of non-prescription glasses and fake it.
Smart people know that designers are just charging you for the name. They also know better than to be a walking advertisement. Purge your outfit of anything that is obviously branded for a sharper look. Shop like a smart guy and you will look like a smart guy. A savvy shopper knows not to follow trends- why bother buying something that you’re going to throw out next season? Invest in quality classic pieces that will last for years and you will look like you know what you’re doing. It’s all about economising your wardrobe.
Don a collared shirt to instantly look smarter. You may think your slogan tee shirts are really clever, but they actually make you look immature. Wearing a tee shirt with a science pun on it does not make you seem knowledgeable. Looking like you think you’re smart is different from looking smart.
You can easily wear dress shirts casually- they don’t have to go with a blazer. Dress it down by wearing a knitted sweater on top of a collared shirt. Always go with a long sleeved shirt. Short sleeved shirts are a little too reminiscent of middle management to make you stand out. Even in hot weather, a long sleeved shirt in a lightweight material such as cotton is quite comfortable, so there’s no excuse for going short sleeved.
Unless you are actually at the gym, you shouldn’t be wearing gym clothes. It makes you look too relaxed. Look ambitious and dedicated by always wearing smart casual clothes at the very least. Swap your tired runners for a pair of polished shoes, and your loose track-pants for fitted slacks or jeans for a much smarter look.
Once you’ve mastered smart casual, you can’t then wear that outfit for events that call for a more polished look. At a job interview, for example, you should definitely be wearing a tie unless it conflicts with their dress code. A bow tie is a more formal and unique alternative to the tie.
About Natasha Abrahams Natasha Abrahams is a writer and journalism student from Melbourne, Australia. When she is not busy with being a principal writer on Weekendnotes or skipping lectures, she can be found emptying her wallet at the nearest shopping centre. You can read more from Natasha at: http://mensstyleandfashion.com/