5 tips on dressing for success

Man or woman, executive or intern, to dress well is to take stock in one’s future. Looking the part will lead to playing the role. So take hold with these 5 tips on dressing for success.

Clean, tidy and organised

Cleanliness is obvious, a shave for men and appropriate make up for women. But looking tidy is helped by planning. Keep your life well organised, have a laundry day, keep a spot to shine your shoes, make sure you to have all your clothes organised so that they are all on display at once. Out of mind, out of sight.

Take it easy

Take some time in the morning to pick out a good combination, but don’t overdo it. You want to look professional but functional, remember it’s not a fashion show. Sometimes being too well dressed can make you look artificial. In a sales pitch, that could make the difference in landing a client.

Spend well

Look at clothes as an investment rather than a cost. Your first impression is the most important, and nothing says it better than ‘tailor made.’


As a general rule, spend as much on shoes as you spend on an outfit. But make sure there are comfortable. Nothing that is luxurious is uncomfortable! Stick to safe colours and stay conservative when it comes to fashion. A good pair of shoes can last a life time. Ask yourself, will that be fashionable in 20 years?


An accessory is a chance to bring a little of your personality into your attire. Don’t overdo it and keep it tasteful. The test is ‘does it draw attention?’ If it does, don’t do it.

Women have many options when it comes to accessories, although many look over the appeal of a time piece. For men, a briefcase or satchel can speak volumes about who you are. The popularity of the tv show “Mad men” is bringing back the popularity of the tie clip

Look around

The greatest influence should be your environment. But not always your direct one. Just because everyone in your department dresses semi formally, it doesn’t mean you should. Dressing well could be the easiest way to stand out, but do it conviction, otherwise your fellow colleagues might see it as a ploy. Cast your eyes to the senior management or CEO. Mimicking them, is mimicking success.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.