In the boardroom, there is a line that separates the men from the boys…power dressing!
In the boardroom there is a line that separates the men from the boys; it’s not the items you wear but the colors they come in that may infringe on your promotion.
Succeeding in the corporate or business world involves very few components: Education, Experience, and Appearance. But Power colors are what will get you the job and also what affects your performance.
Just like anything, colors exude confidence, security, and authoritative behavior; wearing particular colors silently represent your ability to navigate among professional and social professional circles. So, what are power colors? Power colors range from dark tones of black, blue, green, red, and brown.
The Power Suit:
The best power colors for suits are navy blue and charcoal gray. The darker the color, the higher the authority. When in doubt go for navy blue, it’s the universal power color for a suit. Navy practically goes with every combination in you closet – good or bad.
Wear black with caution. Although it may seem to be the likely and most common color, it appears threatening and a bit snobbish. Brown is a ‘new school’ power color; it is a non-threatening shade.
The Power Tie:
It is one of the most influential tools at your disposal, that’s why most politicians, salesmen, and business professionals reach for their lucky tie (usually a power tie) when about to close a deal or make a public speech.
Repp Ties will be your friend – opt for stripes, small repeating patterns, dots, and Ivy League patterns. As fashion leans toward the motto ‘anything goes,’ we assure you wearing large patterns like floral prints and geometric patterns, and paisleys are not always the way to go.
Power colors for ties should be great shades of yellow, blue and anything in the red family, including dark red, true red, cherry red, burgundy, magenta, and raspberry. Warm ties are classy and powerful.
A little tip: Your tie should contrast with the suit and the shirt but be leery of your tie length.
Also Read: 10 Tie Rules All Men Need To Know
The Power Shirt:
Dress shirts are so much more than a ‘shirt’ you throw on. White shirts are the most formal (for financial services).
The best colors for shirts are French Blue (or baby blue), blue and white stripes (in any direction), powder pink and light purple.
A little tip: If you have a lighter complexion, wear Oxford Blue only if you do not intend to remove your jacket.It can be too pale for light skin. And if you’re unsure about collar options, a classic spread will work perfectly.
Also Read: A Guide To Men’s Shirt Collar Styles
Recommended: How to Match Your Tie to Your Suits and Shirts
The Power Accessories:
No need to get fancy and search for something ‘new.’ Wear simple shoes – lace-ups like cap toes or wing tips. For the newbies, beware of clunky soles; In general, accessorize with care when it comes to ‘power dressing’ and making a professional statement.
For more tips – check out the Modern Workplace ‘Power Dressing’ For Men
Also Read: A GUIDE TO MATCHING YOUR SHOES & YOUR SUIT
As Brian Tracy once said – Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.
Your shoe, suit, shirt, and tie can be used to make a powerful statement so it’s important you project the right image through power dressing.
Ben Wills is a sewer, tech designer and wardrobe consultant from Los Angeles, California. She is the Editor-N-Chief of TheWellDressedMan.Net and has been lost in a world of men’s fashion and style since she learned how to sew in 1999.
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