You’ve worked hard to build your business from the ground up, gather investors, and establish a loyal clientele. You have everything that makes a successful entrepreneur. Well, not everything—you don’t have the wardrobe to match.
Dressing seems unimportant in the world of business and money and numbers, but best believe that it plays a huge role in building connections with your company’s stakeholders. You are a businessman; you must look the part when talking with potential investors, welcoming new employees, and meeting prospective clients. You represent your brand, and a sharp wardrobe fosters trust in anyone you encounter.
So, here are wardrobe staples a future Forbes A-lister needs to invest in.
A Tailored Suit
You can’t go wrong with a tailored blazer and pants. Considered a universally flattering outfit for both men and women, a suit is the uniform of CEOs who don’t have to wear a uniform. It is the dress code for professions with a lot at stake, like family law attorneys and doctors attending an international medical convention.
Tailor is crucial—the suit must hug the body perfectly. Else, it will look slovenly. People would be apprehensive about investing in a man who can’t use his hands properly because the sleeves are too long or can’t move properly because the jacket is too narrow in the shoulders. Having a tailored suit may cost extra, but it will give you the confidence boost and leave a great first impression among people you’ll encounter.
A Quality Watch
Even in the age of smartphones, a businessman needs a quality watch. When you have to make tons of important decisions every day, you don’t have the time to fumble over your pocket, slide out your phone, and take a look at the time. A wristwatch provides a split-second convenience. It sounds like a tiny difference, but to a busy bee, those few moments saved are precious.
It goes well with a tailored suit, too. Imagine how bulky a phone would look in the pockets. On the other hand, a wristwatch is sleekly tucked inside the sleeves.
Also, generations of businesspeople have used these fine timepieces as investments and heirlooms. The highest quality watches last for more than a lifetime and, after decades of service, can be sold to watch collectors. It can also be passed down to your successor, the next head of your business empire.
To complete your outfit, invest in a pair (or two) of bespoke shoes. The beauty of these handcrafted, made-with-love pairs is the least of the advantages. Because it’s made to fit your feet, they provide a level of comfort that can’t be matched by any ready-to-wear shoe. You are mainly paying for comfort because these pairs allow for better movement and weight distribution. There would be no pinching or air pockets. They alleviate the pain and discomfort of breaking into new shoes. They allow your feet to breathe, so you can smoothly glide from one meeting to another.
A businessman’s wardrobe should be filled with pieces that are sharp and inspire confidence. So invest in key pieces that reflect your competence and show that you are the next big thing.