When you meet someone for the first time, whether it is for school, an internship or a date, the initial impression you make is very important. How you present yourself in this encounter is crucial as it may affect how others subsequently see you. What you choose to wear for this occasion can be a decisive factor in the impression you make.
Taking the time to choose clean, tailored and well-fitting clothing is obviously an important condition in dressing the part. If this is a professional situation, there is no doubt your attire should reflect this. In addition to these basic guidelines, I think it is an excellent idea to incorporate your own personal flair into your look so that the person you’re meeting can get a sense of your individuality; including accessories is a fantastic way to do this.
I caught this Fashionisto on his way to a meeting and thought his outfit was a perfect example of how clothes can be utilized to make a positive first impression. He began with tailored white pants that are perfect for summer and a crisp salmon button-down shirt. On top, he chose to sport a black blazer.
I am a firm believer that a few key pieces can bring your style from professionally drab to competently fab. This dapper gentleman clearly has this concept down. He added a brightly colored sleeve as a stylish way protect his iPad and a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers that keep the sun out of his eyes while maintaining a classic casual yet cool look. For footwear, he chose handsome brown leather shoes with an added personal touch: colored laces. The floral patterned pocket square he selected is a fun way to break up a solid colored blazer. A timepiece such as his rose gold watch is the finishing touch to this ensemble.
If you’re meeting someone new, take a cue from this guy and go for professional pieces with some fun accessories and you will be well on your way to making a great first impression.
Spotted: Pocket squares were seen in Ermenegildo Zegna’s menswear collection for spring 2013.