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06 Apr 1984

Craig is a fashion and travel blogger. You will find him around the web writing about his travel experiences and tips as well has giving fashion advice to young professionals.

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Published on: 27 Jun 2016 by march84

5 Keys to Nailing Corporate Fashion

Dressing professionally is important to many of us. When we go into work, we want to look our best to not only feel confident, but to show that we mean business. Wearing a great suit has the power to make anyone in the room take you seriously and can help you take your work, opinions, and voice seriously as well. When thinking of the best suits for men (, consider the star of the show Suits himself – Harvey Specter. Harvey takes his attire seriously, and it’s gotten him far. If you’re ready to let go of the hand-me-down suit from your dad and start dressing a little more seriously, here are five tips you can follow to nail your suit style in the work place.

1. Know Your Body Shape

Not everyone has the same body shape, so not every suit is going to look great on you. While you may flip through a catalog or see someone on TV rocking an awesome looking suit, keep in mind that it may not be awesome looking on you. When you know what kind of body you have, you can better select a suit that is flattering to that body shape. Consider your height, the length of your legs, arms, torso and other areas of your body to ensure you’re getting a proper fitting and that each piece of the suit falls exactly where it should. 

2. Fitting is Key

You could purchase a suit worth thousands of dollars, but if it isn’t fitted correctly, it isn’t going to look great. A properly fitted suit is what separates the boys from the men and shows that you are serious about looking great. Even if you’re low on cash, splurge to have at least one suit fitted perfectly for you. If you can’t afford to have all your suits fit you perfectly, at least have one go-to suit for important meetings, interviews, and other occasions where it is crucial you look great. 

3. Keep it Simple

You never see Harvey wearing flashy colors, mismatched pairings, or prints that are too wild. While this pay be because the legal world is a serious place to live, it also keeps the attention away from the individual’s outfit and on their voice. With a simple, great looking suit, you can be taken seriously and know you will be heard. Professions that allow for creativity, including those in marketing or media, may require a little more uniqueness in your dressing. Even so, you want to stay professional and true to good taste. You can never go wrong with a class navy and khaki pairing, but feel free to get a little creative – just remember not to allow the attention to move from you and what you’re saying to what you are wearing. 

4. The Devil is in the Details

When you’re getting dressed in the morning before work, you may think it isn’t important to remember all the little finishing touches that can go with a suit. Things like watches and tie clips can seem like just another step that you don’t really need to take. But just like getting a suit properly fitted, taking the extra initiative to ensure that your suit looks its very best is what will separate you from everyone else. Going for classic options can help you appear sophisticated and classic without overpowering the suit. Remember, you want your suit to grab the attention of those around you, but not so much that they forget to listen to what you’re saying. 

5. The Whole Package

Looking great at work isn’t just about the suit. Staying on trend with corporate fashion also means staying up to date with the acceptable and approved hair styles and facial hair options in the office. Keep your hair properly washed and groomed into a professional style. If you have a beard, keep it clean and well kept. While having a beard is perfectly acceptable in many and most industries, looking like you’ve just forgotten to shave for a week does not. Keep it clean, simple, and well put together.

 When approaching your hair and facial hair, consider what is acceptable in your industry. Those in law or finance may need to be more clean-cut than those in marketing or design.

Fortunately, nailing corporate fashion doesn't need to be difficult as long as you consider the most important aspects of a suit. Stick to a cut that suits your body, get it fitted to meet your unique measurements and specifications, and keep the entire package wrapped up tightly with styled hair and a clean shave or groomed beard.

When in doubt, simply look at your options and think, "Would Harvey Specter wear this?" When you take your appearance seriously, you're letting the world know you aren't someone to be ignored. The right suit can grab attention, exude confidence, and help you get far in life. Just look at Harvey Specter. You don't get a to star in a show named "Suits" if you don't have impeccable style.

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