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Dress for Success: 3 Important Ways to Prepare for a Business Meeting

To Partner or Not to Partner

Like it or not, when you are a businessperson, you can’t simply put on your favorite pair of jeans and t-shirt and rely on your entrepreneurial skills to make a good impression. What you wear to a business meeting is just as important as having the appropriate interview outfit. So, no matter how casual your working environment may be, when it comes to having a business meeting, you need to find the appropriate outfit for a corporate environment.

If you want to impress a prospective client, business partner or employer, don’t just throw on any outfit you find but rather use these tips to make sure you dress for success.

Wear something you are comfortable with

First things first, no matter what type of business attire you wear to your business meeting, it must be something you are feeling comfortable in. As long as you feel comfortable in what you are wearing, chances are that you will be more confident than you would be if you would wear, for example, a tight business dress or suit that you can’t wait to take off.

Even if your personal style leans on the casual side, there are ways that you can spruce your business attire without compromising your business meetings. For example, you can get tailored business attire that fits you perfectly and doesn’t feel uncomfortable.

And, trust us on this one, when you are feeling comfortable, confidence will just come naturally and you will feel powerful in what you are wearing.

Pay attention to the details

In general, paying attention to the visual details of your look will surely pay off because those details can truly make a difference in your final look. You may be thinking that wearing business attire is good enough to impress your business partner. However, there are a few more things that can either ruin a perfect outfit or enhance your look.

Subtle fragrance- a too-conspicuous fragrance can surely make your business partners suffer from your overpowering smell. Opt for a subtle cologne or perfume.

Natural makeup- a natural glow will make you look great without looking like you tried too hard for your business meeting.

Keep accessories to a minimum- simple jewelry is the best option because it won’t distract your business partner during your meeting.

Keep hair neat- it’s better to keep your hair neat and out of your face during a business meeting.

Choose a size that fits you- whether you wear a business suit or a business dress, it must be well-fitted.

Choose high-quality fabrics

Choosing high-quality fabrics comes down to the way it feels against your skin. High-quality fabrics simply make wearing clothes a more enjoyable experience because they feel better and make you feel more confident.

Moreover, high-quality fabrics also make your outfit look better and more professional, which, let’s be honest, matters a lot when meeting important business partners. Also, it’s no doubt that quality lets clothing last longer. So, at the end of the day, by choosing high-quality fabrics, which can generally mean higher costs, you are making a long-term investment for your business attire collection.

Published: March 5, 2020
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Stephen Marshall is a Press Release Director of LMG Solutions with extensive experience in marketing and financial services. What Marshall enjoys most about his role at Allen is helping organizations implement initiatives that have a real impact on the business. Follow him @stephenmarshal on Twitter.

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