In business, first impressions are everything. When you meet someone for the first time, whether for an interview or a presentation or a sale, the first thing you notice is how well they take care of themselves. Being clean-cut, well-groomed, and dressed to impress is key in setting up a meeting to go well – after that it’s all up to you to continue impressing with charm and all that jazz!
Women have so many choices and opportunities to make a business ensemble look also quite trendy – we’re just lucky that way. But for the boys it can be trickier. Not all men have a natural sense of style and are therefore naturally driven to the staple suit. But listen up guys: We’re in 2014, and those baggy ol’ suits are out while stylish separates are totally in. The good news? You can up your sartorial ante quickly simply by heading underground. The PATH has a ton of great shops that can help you put together the perfect look for any business encounter. Follow my lead and I guarantee you will thank me later…
So first, let’s pick up a Starbucks coffee, shall we? We need the caffeine to get this done swiftly and successfully. I’ll take an Americano with a sweet and low, please and thank you.
Next, stop in at Brooks Brothers in the RBC Plaza. Nowadays there is no need to buy a full suit to look put together. It’s easy to mix and match some great separates and wow someone with your notable style. Brooks Brothers has some amazing and affordable non-iron collared shirts that start at $65 – let’s pick up two in some funky colours and patterns, aight? I love purple gingham on a man, which is great to pair with both light and dark trousers or even jeans. Try the Non-Iron Slim Fit Gingham Dress Shirt – it’s very smart and eye-catching. Your second shirt should be a staple item that can go with almost anything but also stands out. The royal blue Non-Iron Slim Fit Spread Collar French Cuff Dress Shirt is gorgeous on almost any man.
So now we need a tie – or why not get funky and try the bow tie look? Brooks Brothers thinks of both your wallet and your style and offers fabulous reversible bow ties. Let’s spruce up that blue shirt with the Red Seersucker Check and Navy and Light Blue BB#3 Repp Stripe bow tie – funky on one side and classic on the other so you can adapt your look to your mood!
Shoes are next, and you need to make sure they’re clean and striking. It’s always the first thing I look at when I meet someone and I’m sure I’m not alone. Luckily, Brooks Brothers has a fantastic selection. Stay fresh and get yourself the new Buck shoe in a vibrant colour. They come in a few bright colours like green, baby blue and even white – but if you want to tone it down a tad, you can also go for the deep blue to keep your look professional yet stylin’. Pair this entire outfit with a pair of dark blue slacks and you will not go unnoticed.
What are some of your favourite menswear shops in the PATH? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.