Business Etiquette in Brief: Professional Image Tips for Men
In this week’s reading of Business Etiquette in Brief, chapter 2 discusses ways that men can look professional during a job interview or at the workplace. Let’s take a look:
8 Common Fashion Faux Pas
- Always wear a long-sleeved shirt with a suit.
- Make sure that your shirt gives the appearance of having been professionally pressed.
- Be sure that the tip of your tie touches the top of your belt buckle.
- Wear socks that reach mid-calf to avoid showing a flash of leg.
- When wearing an American-cut jacket (single-breasted), button up when standing or walking. If your jacket has two buttons, button the top one. If it has three, button the center one.
- When wearing a European-cut jacket (double-breasted), button all the buttons when standing or walking.
- Resole shoes with badly worn heels.
- Choose leather or metal watch bands.
Other Items in Question
Fabric- When choosing a men’s suit, it should go without saying that 100% wool blends are usually a good choice. To double check the quality of the suite, gently squeeze the material between your hands. If it wrinkles when you let it go, you should probably think twice about purchasing it, since it may require more maintenance than you’re willing to commit to. Remember; suits should always look crisp!
Shirts- Long-sleeved shirts are the way to go when it comes to business with white shirts portraying the most formal look. And although many men do not wear undershirts, they should. Three reasons for this include:
- Keeps a dress shirt from feeling itchy against the skin.
- Preserves the shirt from perspiration.
- Gives added body to a dress shirt.
Ties- Ties should be anywhere from 2 3/4 and 3 1/2 inches wide.
Jewelry- Jewelry should be kept to an absolute minimum. A wedding band, class ring or other non-gaudy ring may be worn on the ring finger typically. Additionally, a watch that blends best with business suits is one with a basic black leather or metal band. Plastic or velcro should NEVER be worn unless you’re competing in a sport outside of the workplace.
Jackets- Business etiquette dictates that a jacket should only be removed when the person who has arranged the business meeting invites others to do so.
Pens- Believe it or not, a pen can speak volumes about your confidence and ability and are often viewed as an accessory to your outfit. Therefore, you may want to invest in a high quality pen to complete your image.