A Guide to Proper Suit Care

Good suits are expensive, and like every other item you buy, you want them to last as long as possible. The key to this longevity is a proper care routine, which I have outlined below, and divided into three sections: Using the suit, cleaning the suit, and storing the suit. Follow these tips and not only will your suits last longer, but the will look better as well. You should pick a time during the week (usually saturday or sunday) where you check and prepare all your clothes for the coming week; this ensures that you are properly prepared, and aren’t going to be surprised by a wrinkly jacket the morning you have to wear it.

1.Using

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As you wear your suits, small particles of dirt, dust, and other debris build up in the fabric. Before and after you wear your suit, and as part of your cleaning regimen, you should use a good clothes brush to separate these particles from the fabric fibres, and then use a sticky lint roller to pick up and remove this debris.  If you want instructions on how to brush your jacket, check out this article over on Real Men Real Style.

Clothes Brush

Clothes Brush

Lint Roller

Lint Roller

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The natural wool fibres in your suit are delicate, so wearing the same suit day in, day out will wear it out exponentially faster. The suit needs time to rest in between wearing; if you have enough suits, only wear a suit once a week, otherwise, give it a day between wearings.

2.Cleaning

Spot Clean and Dry Cleaning

If you are ever unfortunate enough to get dirt on your suit, or some similar stain, resist the urge to take it straight to the dry cleaners. First, try to spot clean the stain. Use clean water (and perhaps a bit of stain remover), and a cloth to gently try to remove the stain yourself. If it is something serious, or you don’t feel comfortable trying to remove it yourself, then take it to the dry cleaner. Always take both the jacket and the trousers to be cleaned, as the cleaning and pressing process can subtly alter the appearance of the fabric, and the difference becomes more pronounced after various cleanings. Unless your suits are constantly getting dirty, aim at having them dry cleaned as little as possible (3-4 times per year at most). Have a look at this article from The Art of Manliness, for a guide to dry cleaning.

Steam

Garment Steamer with Hanger

Garment Steamer with Hanger

Steaming your suits is just about the best thing that you can do for them. Steam effectively deodorizes the fabric, and removes wrinkles. If you have a tailors bust, use that, but for everyone else, hang the suit on its hanger, and run the steamer over the jacket, avoiding the chest area. In addition to the chest area not wrinkling as much, steaming the chest may alter the shape of the internal canvas.

Pressing

Prolonged heat from an iron at a high setting can damage the fabric, and give it an unwanted shine, so be very careful when trying to press your suit with an iron. If you must use an iron to press your jacket, use high steam, and a press cloth as a barrier. Many people choose to invest in a trouser press, which, as the name suggests, is used to easily press your trousers; this can just as easily be accomplished with an iron and a pressing cloth. Remember to use lots of steam, and that dampening the cloth of your trousers will result in a sharper crease.

3.Storing

Hangers

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Hanger by The Hanger Project

Always use a good quality hanger that is large enough and strong enough to support both the shoulders, and the weight of the jacket. Ideally, the ends will be between 1.5″ and 2″, and it will be made from wood. Wood is theoretically better than plastic for a number of reasons, including: wood absorbs moisture from the jacket; wood hangers are more environmentally friendly; wood hangers help deodorise the jacket (the same way shoe trees deodorise shoes); and wood hangers look better. They are, however, more expensive than plastic hangers, which will often come with the suits. Under no circumstances should you ever use a metal hanger (unless you are trying to break into a car, in which case there are far better options).

Bags

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Garment Bag be The Hanger Project

When you are going to be storing your suits for long periods of time (putting away your winter suits for the summer), you should always be storing them in decent garment bags. The nylon bags that the suit is typically sold in if fine for travel, but for extended storage, you should be using something made from a natural fibre lie cotton; something that will let the air circulate, and help prevent the jacket from going moldy.

Wardrobe

7d54c1a39c3727fd35862357d3b42460Ideally we would all have walk in closets with hardwood shelving, lighting, and climate control. Practically, you should be storing your suits in a cool, dry place, with good air flow. If you live in a particularly humid climate, you may want to put a de-himidifier in your closet. Humidity and poor air flow leads to mold and moths; neither of which are good for your clothes. Hang your suits a couple of inches apart to ensure good airflow.

Moths

I live in a very nice climate, and moths have never been an issue for me, so I can’t speak from personal experience here, but moths are bad for your suits; mostly because they like to live in, and eat them. You can prevent moths using a variety of methods: moths thrive at relatively high humidity, so ensuring low humidity and proper air flow will go a long way towards removing the problem; the smell of cedar and lavender are also reportedly used to mask the smell of the fabric, and this is supposed to help prevent moths, so cedar chips and sprigs of lavender in your closet may help, as will using cedar hangers. Moth balls are best used in confined spaces (inside the garment bag), but they leave a strong smell which is very difficult to remove.

Moth damage is very difficult to fix, and often results in having to throw away expensive garments, so do everything you can to prevent moths from getting to your clothing. For a good article on clothes moths, click here.

 

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Which Watch Should I Wear?: A Guide to Choosing the Right Watch for the Occasion

I love watches. Especially mechanical watches; there’s just something about the repetitive movement that I find therapeutic. I can sit and watch (pun intended) the inner workings of a watch for hours. I love all sorts of watches (except digital), so it bothers me when I see someone wearing one improperly; like wearing a sports watch with a suit, or doing manual labour with a dress watch.

For those of you who are unaware, this is what a watch looks like:

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Three excellent examples

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Watches are made up of far too many parts for me to cover, and there are only two that I will be talking about here anyway: The Face, and The Band. The band is the part that goes around your wrist, and the face is the part with the time on it.

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Discreet and Elegant are the keywords here. The most formal option is a nice pocket watch (assuming you are wearing a waistcoat), otherwise, stick with a plain and simple wristwatch with a black leather band. Try and match the colour and metal on the watch to your cufflinks.

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In The Office with a Suit

You have a bit more freedom here. If it is a conservative office, try to stick with leather bands. The colour and general texture of the watch band should match your shoes (and belt, if you wear one). It doesn’t need to be exactly the same, just similar enough that, at a distance, there shouldn’t be much difference. A brown watch band with brown shoes, black watch band with black shoes, etc. Also feel free to wear a watch that it a bit larger, with a metal band. Don’t be a show-off, but a flash of gold or silver from your wrist can make a large statement. Pictured here are two of my favorites by Omega.

Omega Seamaster

Omega Seamaster

Rolex Oyster Day-Date

Rolex Oyster Day-Date

Omega Speedmaster

Omega Speedmaster

Lounging Around

Casual events call for a more casual watch. Depending on the exact event, you can feel free to wear larger watches (within reason) with metal or fabric bands. Avoid watches with formal leather bands; if you do want to wear a leather band, choose something with a bit of texture more striking colour. Brushed steel makes for a great casual watch. Here are two excellent examples of casual watches by Fossil.

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When You’re Sweating

When you’re exercising and need a watch, stick with a durable rubber sport watch; this is the only time you should be wearing one. Avoid the urge to go digital at all costs. Try to find something stylish, but remember that it will be taking a beating, so be wary about spending too much on one. A good example of a cheap sports watch is below.

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These are just a few examples, so if you are ever in doubt as to what watch to wear,  remember that you can always just leave a comment and ask.

Top 5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Dress Well; and Why They Are Wrong

I hear a lot of excuses from men on why they don’t want to dress better, and while some of them do have legitimate problems, most of them are just that: Excuses. Here is my rant on the top five that I have heard and why I think they are completely ridiculous.

1. I can’t afford it.

Really? I find that kind of hard to believe; especially if you are the sort of person who considers that $5 cup of coffee every morning a basic necessity. The first T.M. Lewin shirt that I ever bought was a plain white cotton with a spread collar and French cuffs, and it fit me perfectly; it was my favourite shirt and I used it until it literally started to fall apart at the seams. It cost me $4 at a Salvation Army store. I bought my favorite pair of jeans for $20 from the clearance rack at Target. Dressing well is not reliant on spending hundreds of dollars for a single shirt, and when you tell me that you don’t want to dress better because it’s too expensive, all I hear is “I don’t want to put in the effort to look for good, budget, clothing”.

2. It is too difficult to get dressed/I just want something that is easy to wear.

The other day I had a random urge to leave the house and do some shopping; but I didn’t want to do it in my casual relaxing clothes (jeans and polo), so I had to get changed. My typical going out attire consists of trousers, a dress shirt, a jacket, typically my brown oxfords, and a pocket square. From the moment I started to get changed to the moment I was out the front door, less than 5 minutes had passed. In the grand scheme of things, the time it took me was negligible, and the benefits of looking good far outweighed the time it took. So long as you are prepared, being well dressed takes insignificantly more time than being poorly dressed, and the benefits are exponentially greater. Complaining that you don’t have the time to dress well tells me that you either have horrible time management skills, or you are just incredibly lazy.

3. Who cares how I dress?

Your parents? Your girlfriend/boyfriend? Your boss? Your co-workers? How about the woman at the other end of the bar that you have been subtly glancing at for the last 20 minutes trying to work up the courage to go and talk to? The client you are trying to convince? The person interviewing you for a job? What about the person you are trying to convince to give you a small business loan?

You say that you don’t care about what other people think of you? That’s fine, but don’t be surprised when you find yourself being passed over for your better dressed contemporaries.

4. Nobody else does

Does the name George Clooney ring a bell? How about Ryan Gosling? Justin Timberlake? Daniel Craig? What about Sean Combs a.k.a P.Diddy? Do any of these names sound familiar? They should, because is addition to being rich, famous, and really really really ridiculously good-looking, they are also incredibly stylish dressers.

So what you are really saying is that nobody that you know dresses well; and all the better for you, because it will put you ahead of the pack.

5. It’s just not who I am

You’re not the sort of person who respects himself? You’re not the sort of person who respects his family? His coworkers? His boss? Every time you leave the house you are representing not just yourself, but your parents, your children, your spouse, your coworkers, your business, and anyone or anything else associated with you. Saying that dressing well is just not a part of who you are is like saying that you are happy striving towards mediocrity; it’s like saying that you don’t give want to people to respect you; it’s saying that you don’t have pride in yourself. So, if you’re the sort of person who is happy being completely average and not well-respected, them maybe dressing well isn’t for you; but if you are the sort of person who takes pride in themselves and their appearance, the kind of person who, every day, strives to be better than they were the day before, then you are the sort of person who most definitely should be dressing well.

Virtual Styling

Recently I released my new Virtual Styling system as a beta trial, and I thought I should go into some detail about what it is, and why I think you should take advantage of it.

What is it?

I’m awesome, but I can’t be everywhere at once, and even if I could, I know that you likely lead a busy life and might not have the time to meet with me. My solution to this problem is the Virtual Styling system. Currently in its testing phase, the Virtual Styling system allows me to offer you my services from anywhere in the world; all you need is a computer, and an internet connection.

How Does it Work?

If you click on the tab labeled “Virtual Styling *NEW*” at the top of the page, you will be taken directly to the service page. Once on this page, you fill out the form to the best of your ability, answering all the questions, and press submit. I receive this information and use it to develop a profile, which I then use to give you personalised advice. For example, if you are a dock worker whose favourite pastime is playing darts at the bar, I am going to give you different advice than I would to the owner of a law firm, who enjoys opening nights at the theatre. The more information you give me, the more detailed my response is able to be.

The Questions

I have designed the questions to allow me to learn as much information about you as I can; because the system is currently in a trial stage, these questions are continually being reviewed and updated to ensure maximum efficiency.

The first few questions on the page are fairly straightforward, and just ask for your name, email, age, and occupation. After this the questions are designed to gather more information, and the more time and detail that you put into them, the better. The questions, explanations, and example answers are found below.

Describe an average day at work

I need to know what you do at work. If you spend all your time on your feet working outdoors, the response I give you is going to be different than if you sat in front of a computer all day.

I usually spend my time meeting with clients, usually at either their homes or in shopping centres. Occasionally, I will be employed by a business to give a presentation to their staff. Because I am an Image Consultant, my image is my brand; how I dress massively impacts my potential business. Most of my time spent with clients will be on my feet, so I need shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. 

When I am not with clients, I am usually in front of a computer; maintaining my website, answering emails, and doing research. I don’t need to wear a suit during this time, but still like to dress well.

 How do your co-workers and your bosses dress for work?

Describe the outfits that you would usually find your co-workers wearing; and pay special attention to what your boss wears. You should never dress more casually than your co-workers, and be careful about upstaging your boss. Telling me the office dress code will help me find a happy medium for you.

I own my own business, so I don’t have a boss, and I don’t have co-workers. If I did, as the boss I would maintain a strict dress code. My co-workers would be required to wear well fitted dress trousers, and a sport jacket or a blazer (tie optional). Jackets would be mandatory when meeting with clients, but can be removed in the office. When working with other businesses, or attending networking events, a suit would be required. Polo shirts, chinos, sneakers, and all similar clothing items would not be allowed. I would expect my co-workers to maintain the same professional image that I do, and there would be no casual dress days. The wearing of suits would be greatly encouraged, but not necessary for everyday business. 

What do you do in your time off?

Tell me about how you like to spend you time away from work. Do you spend all your time off at the beach? Or do you just like to sit in front of the t.v and play video games? Do you like to go to the movies? Or do you enjoy a night at the theatre? Are you a t-shirt and jeans sort of guy? or do you err on the dressier side of casual attire? This is mostly for when you are relaxing by yourself, as the next question covers social activities with others.

My time off is spent either relaxing in front of the t.v, or with a book. I also enjoy going shopping, of just to the cinema. I don’t go to the beach much, but I do go the gym at least three times a week. My casual clothing tends to err on the side of dress casual; the most casual outfit I would wear out (when not just going to the gym), is my brown desert boots, dark jeans, and a polo shirt.

What social activities do you enjoy?

Similar to the last question, but this one is more about what you do when you are out with friends. Do you prefer picnics in the park, or fine dining at a five-star restaurant? A weekend barbecue, or a black tie gala? An afternoon at the movies, or opening night at the theatre? Friday night poker, or a game of Pool at the pub? How do you spend your time when you are out with others, and how do you (and they) dress? What sort of people are you likely to meet on your night out?

I enjoy spending time by myself, so my social life is not terribly active. When I do go out, it is usually to the cinema, or to the RSL. I enjoy playing in Poker nights, and on the weekends I sometimes enjoy a game of Pool. I also attend a lot of networking events.

How would you describe your current style?

The better I can understand your current style, the better I can help you improve it. Do you wear a t-shirt and jeans all the time? Or do you prefer a dress shirt and tie? Who inspires your sense of style? What sort of clothes do you have in your wardrobe?

I am a very traditional person; my suits tend to be a British cut, my dress shoes are oxfords and semi-brogues in brown and black, my suits are black, grey, and navy, I prefer to wear braces rather than a belt, and my shirts are typically semi-spread or point collars. My ties are average width, and I wear a tie clip and cufflinks. I refuse to even consider any item of clothing that possesses the word ‘skinny’. Overall, I would say that my style is greatly influenced by traditional British tailoring.

Is there anything else you think I should know?

Is there anything else you think I should know? Are you 5 foot tall and skinny, or 6’4″ and full of muscle? Do you have light skin and dark hair? Or are you a redhead with fair skin and freckles? Are you on a strict budget, or is money no issue? Do you have any specific questions you would like to ask me?

 I’m 5’11 (6′ in a good pair of shoes); I have very dark brown hair, and a reasonably fair complexion, and my favourite colour is blue. I am on a budget, so I am looking for reasonably good quality products that won’t cost me a great deal of money. 

I don’t feel like my style needs updating so much as I need some advice on what I can add to my current wardrobe. Thank you in advance.

What Happens Next?

After you fill out the forms and click submit, all the information that you entered is sent to me. I take some time to review it, and then I send you an email. I will give you my advice and information, and if I have any more questions for you, I will ask them and give you my advice based on your response. My first response (to the examples above) would typically look something like this:

Thank you for contacting me. It sounds like you pretty much have matters under control; the best advice I can give you is to keep doing what you are doing. I do have a couple of questions though, just to clear some things up for me:

You have told me a little about your wardrobe, but do you think you can expand on this for me? How many dress shirts do you own? What colours are they? How many pairs of trousers do you have (that aren’t part of a suit), and what colours are they? What casual clothing items do you have, and in what quantity?

Do you travel a lot? Is travel usually for business or on holiday? What brands do you like to buy the most? And what is the general price range for each item you are looking to purchase (e.g. Suits – $500, Trousers – $150, Shirts – $60, etc.)? What is the weather like where you live? Does it snow, or get cold enough to need a winter coat?

Like I said, it sounds like you have things pretty much figured out, so until you get back to me, I’m just going to give a general list of wardrobe items that someone in your line of work should probably have:

  • 5+ Suits
  • 3+ Pair Dress Shoes
  • 2 Pair Casual Leather Shoes
  • Belts that match the shoes
  • 10+ Dress Shirts
  • 15+ Ties
  • 2 Pairs of jeans
  • 4 Pairs of Trousers
  • 3+ Button-up collared sport shirts
  • 2+ Solid Polo Shirts
  • 3+ Sweaters
  • 10+ Undershirts
  • 2+ Sports Jackets
  • 1 Navy Blazer
  • 10+ Pocket Squares
  • 2 Simple Dress Watches
  • 1 Overcoat
  • 1 Pair Leather Gloves

Depending on your location and climate, you may or may not need some of these items. Because you are on a budget, my best recommendation is to buy the items individually, and shop during the sales. Another option is thrift stores; if you are willing to put in the time and effort, a lot of great items can be found second hand. As you already seem to have the dress clothes sorted, my recommendation is to take a look at your casual wardrobe, and see what can be expanded on there. If you think you may have need for it, purchasing a Dinner Suit may also be a good decision.

I will be able to expand more on your options and my recommendations after I receive your reply, so I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

 

Shane Gibbings-Johns

 

Suitably Inclined

Men’s Image Consulting

Pricing

While it is in its trial phase, the Virtual Styling system is completely free. Once I am satisfied with the service and start charging for it, it will cost $20, to be paid in advance through paypal. I am still working on the specifics for the payment system. You will only be charged when you initially go through the contact form; any further contact through email is included in the service, but contact will only be allowed via email for a reasonable time. If I feel that the system is being taken advantage of in some way, you will be directed back to the contact form to start the process again. My aim is to have the service running fully by the end of the first week of December, so you have until then to take advantage of the fact that it is completely free. Some companies charge $100+ for this service, so being offered it for free is incredible, and even $20 is a bargain.

I highly recommend taking advantage of the Virtual Styling system while it is free; you literally have nothing to lose except 20 minutes, and will walk away from it knowing you are getting expert advice completely free of charge.

American Crew Pomade vs. Pete & Pedro Pomade

Today is a comparison review between two products: American Crew Pomade, and Pete & Pedro Pomade. American Crew is the brand of products reportedly used on the set of Mad Men to achieve their perfectly sculpted classic hairstyles. Pete & Pedro is the creation of Aaron Marino (the man who initially inspired me to become an Image Consultant), and his stylist, Stephen Posta (owner/stylist at Dyer & Posta). Also, their mascot is a donkey.

American Crew Pomade

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Cost: ~$20 + Postage

Hold: It is marketed as medium-hold, and that is what it provides.

Shine: So long as your hair is damp the pomade provides a decent shine. If your hair is too dry, then the shine is rather lacking.

Consistency: The pomade has the consistency of thick waxy gel.

Review: I have used the pomade for the last month, and I am very happy with it. It provides enough hold for my hair, and enough shine when my hair is damp. My tub cost me $22, so in terms of price it isn’t too extravagant for what it does. It has a pleasant citrusy clean aroma, and easily washes out with water. I’ve used it for a month, so it has faced virtually every day-to-day activity that I have thrown it up against, and more often than not, it comes out on top. Is it a good product? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would, but I would also recommend shopping around to find it as cheap as possible.

Pete & Pedro Pomade

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Cost: $19(US) + Postage

Hold: Marketed as high hold (the picture says medium, but the actual container and website say high), and high hold it provides.

Shine: Also marketed as high shine, it does a good job of doing what it says on the label.

Consistency: It has the consistency of very thick glue.

Review: I want to start by saying that I have very thoroughly tested this product for slightly over of a day and a half. I was honestly a little intimidated by the prospect of it at first; I wasn’t sure if I could handle having bueno hair (more so than usual anyway), but I think I did a good job. The pomade stood up to all the tasks I would expect it to (working in the garden, sitting in front of a computer, going to the gym, wrestling crocodiles, saving infants from burning buildings, etc), and is also water-soluble, and swashes out without difficulty. As a matter of fact, there are only two downsides that I can find; the price, and the size. $19US per tub is about what I would expect, but the international postage is another $15US, so it cost me $36AUD; and the tubs are only 57g (2oz), compared to the 85g (3oz) of the American Crew. Domestic shipping is only $5US, with free domestic shipping for orders over $50

Fortunately P&P have the super secret Bueno Hair Club which, for international customers, sends out three tubs of the product you choose (there are a few), every three months for $60; meaning they only cost $20 per tub.

As far as smell goes, the pomade smells like mint, with a hint of “dude the stuff smells GREAT!”. But mostly just mint. Also, P&P products are Paraben free, and the containers are made from 100% recycled plastic. In fact, the only real insurmountable complaint I have about it is that there isn’t enough of it.

So, does P&P Pomade stand up to the promise of Bueno Hair? Yes. Should you buy it? Yes, but especially if you live in the US, or if you are going to use enough to need three tubs every three months (or if you want to stockpile it).

Comparison

In the categories of hold, shine, and smell; the winner is Pete & Pedro. The hold is definitely stronger than American Crew, and the shine is better too. I like the smell of both, but P&P is my personal favourite of the two. In terms of consistency, I think I prefer the American Crew, but no so much that it makes a large difference to me. As far as price goes, without postage they are similar enough, but with postage the American Crew wins hands down. However, P&P also have the option of the Bueno Hair Club, which drastically reduces the cost if you will be using that much product. P&P is also the more environmentally and hair friendly of the two, with no parabens, loads of essential oils, and containers made from recycled plastic. I’m on a budget, so I am going to save P&P for special occasions (Weddings, Parties, Monday, Thursday-Sunday, etc), and use American Crew for lesser events and as a base product for comparisons. I will also try to get a hold of more of the P&P range (particularly the cream, shampoo, and conditioner)  to try when I have some more disposable income.

In conclusion, both are good products, but only Pete & Pedro gives you Bueno Hair!


Here is a link to the Pete & Pedro website; I highly recommend you go and check them out.

What Should I Wear?: Accountant

In the first of a series of posts on clothing for different professions, today I am going to be discussing the proper clothing for an accountant.

I was going to be an accountant; not because I was particularly good at accounting, or because I enjoyed it. No, I was going to be an accountant because, in my mind, an accountant dressed a certain way, and I wanted to dress like that.  After a year at university and more than a few thousand dollars in debt, I decided that it wasn’t worth it just to wear a suit to work. But do accountants wear suits anymore?

When I was in grade 10, an accountant from a local firm came in and gave a speech on what it would be like to work for them. The picture that was painted was nothing like what I thought an accountant would be. They didn’t wear suits, they barely wore proper dress shirts. Their employee fun days involved going to the beach; nothing about them screamed ‘professional’. Because these people didn’t fit my image of what an accountant should be, I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to work for them. They made a poor first impression on me. Why would I want to work for, or hire, people who don’t even take their work seriously enough to present a professional image.

This may seem like a shallow decision, and it was; and although I know better than to make these snap decisions now, it is human nature. Accountants are supposed to be in charge of the money; why would you hire someone who doesn’t look like they take that seriously. That’s not to say that they have to wear a suit constantly (although it probably wouldn’t hurt), just that they should pay attention to what they wear, and the message they are sending.

So, what should an accountant wear?

The Big City Firm

If you work at a big city firm (especially on that is an international branch or a larger company), then there is absolutely no excuse for you to not be wearing a suit; especially if you are the sort who meets with clients. If you look like you can manage your own money well enough to dress well, then people are going to be more inclined to hire you. Your suit doesn’t actually have to be overly expensive in order to look it. A $200, well tailored suit will look better than a $2000 suit that doesn’t fit you, any day of the week. Stick with dark conservative colours for the suit (navy or charcoal), with blue or red for the tie. Stick with white or light blue dress shirts, preferably with a french cuff. A french cuff is perfectly acceptable for almost every situation that a button cuff is, but gives the perception of a higher class. Your shoes should be black oxfords.

Small Firm in the Big City

You should still be wearing a suit. You are a professional in a city, what else should you be wearing?

Firm in Smaller Town

Yeah, it’s still a suit. Preferably. Realistically, the absolute minimum here is a dress shirt and trousers (no tie without a jacket). Even better than that is a blazer and tie. Regardless of what you are wearing, sitc to conservative colours; navy and charcoal for the trousers, white or light blue for the shirts. If you are wearing an odd jacket (blazer or sportcoat), make sure that the colour is clearly different to that of your trousers. Ties can be a little more casual here, but try to stick to shades of blue or red. Save the chinos and polo shirts for weekends at the country club.

For the Women

Ladies, studies have shown that women wearing a skirt are seen as more likely to be in a higher position than those wearing trousers. A knee length skirt and a conservative blouse  are good; a jacket is even better. Remember to keep jewellery, makeup, and perfume to a minimum; and don’t treat work as a fashion show.

For Everyone

Remember to keep it professional; people expect you to be the experts, the people that we go to when we need professional help, so dress the part. Also, look at what you superiors (not your equals) are wearing, and dress like them. If no one in your office wears a suit, you probably don’t have to; dress as well as you can without looking like you are trying to your boss. If you aren’t sure how to do that, click on the Virtual Styling tab at the top of the page and send me a message; it’s only free for a limited time.

Virtual Styling

Virtual  Styling

A Virtual Styling session differs from a personal style consultation in that, instead of meeting face-to-face, you fill out a questionnaire telling me about:

  • Lifestyle
  • Goals
  • Budget
  • Current personal style
  • Your vision for the future (Career, Lifestyle, Personal Style, etc.)

The goal of this is to establish how I can best help you update your style. Once this is done, I will send you an email with my advice and tips on what you should be wearing for:

  • Everyday work
  • Business Meetings
  • Presentations
  • Public Appearances
  • Parties
  • Social Events

As well as how to update your style in general.

If you have a specific event that you would like advice for, then let me know that and don’t worry so much about the rest (unless you want to).

This service is currently free, but the price will go up once beta testing is complete. All information provided will be kept confidential to the best of my ability, and is strictly voluntary; however, the more information you can provide, the better I can help you. Fill out the form as best you can; I don’t currently have the ability for you to upload images to my website, but if you have images of yourself that you think may help me, upload them to an image hosting website, and add the link in one of the boxes.

To purchase this service, click on the ‘Buy Now’ button below, and complete the payment. Once you have done this, use the same name and email address to fill out the form below.

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Once you have filled out the form, click the ‘Submit’ button, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.