First impressions are paramount in building any relationship, and many professionals will attest that much of your initial impression of success is looking the part of someone successful. Hence the proliferation of men’s designer suits and accessories in the many varied realms of commerce and industry, from fashion and film to finance and philanthropy. If you want to look successful to help you on your journey to career success, then you need to know how to dress like a boss. Dalys 1895 offers these five quick rules observed from some of the latest in modern professional men’s designer fashion, which will turn heads from the lunchroom to the boardroom.

Rule #1: Understand Men’s Professional Attire

The first mistake a lot of guys make is failing to understand what professional men’s attire means. It’s subjective to a degree, but simply slapping on a jacket and tie doesn’t make it “professional”. This is where modern men’s style can help. For those who don’t know or are unsure, men’s professional attire refers to wearing attractive and preferably tailored suits, dress shirts, vests, ties or bow ties, tie clips, pocket squares, cufflinks, colored or patterned socks, and dress shoes. Now that you know, let’s see how to choose a suit that’s right for you.

Rule #1: Understand Men’s Professional Attire

Rule #2: Suits Are an Extension of You

Men’s suits are one of the most widely worn attires in the world. Suits cross cultures and are seen as the de facto dress-code for men in the worlds of business, politics, and the elite. If you want appear successful, your suit must be fitting in all the right places, but also fitting of your personal style. A good suit will call out to you from the rack, and it will sing once you get it tailored.

Whether you spend $1,000 or $10,000 on your suit, having the right fit, shape, and style for your own physicality is important because it shows that you put the effort and care into maintaining a professional appearance at work. However, many times work tends to bleed over into people’s personal lives and a good suit becomes a near permanent extension of you, so make sure it looks good on you.

Rule #2: Suits Are an Extension of You

Rule #3: Choose Your Accessories Wisely

The professional male of course is adorned with accessories, however he is careful not to overdo it. It can be difficult given all For instance, cufflinks are a must for your professional attire, perhaps a stylish men’s designer bracelet, and a pocket square to add a bit of color or pattern to your look. There are a variety of ways to dress professionally, but to do it right means you have to choose accessories that match your unique sense of style. If suits are meant to exude an air of no-nonsense professionalism, then use your accessories to bring out your personality. Remember, the right accessories can elevate your professional look.

Rule #3: Choose Your Accessories Wisely

Rule #4: Add Some Color and Patterns with Style

A lot of guys think business-professional and they automatically think a black or blue suit. The darker the better. As far the actual suit goes, the variations of colors and/or patterns you can choose from are practically endless. Whatever your style may be, consider something that also reflects your workplace, whether it’s a more traditional work environment or something more striking or even outlandish. Pinstripes are a popular style of men’s suits that making a resurgence on European runways.

 

For those guys that like something lighter, you can look to the classic British styles of Burberry and Alexander McQueen, with their unique collections full of greens, grays, and browns rendered in soft cottons, wools, and tweeds. When it comes to accessories,try not to mix and match too many colors, patterns, or textures. Things can get out of hand if you’re not careful. It you wear a plain black or other strong monochromatic suit, contrast it with a patterned pocket square. If your suit is more lively, then accent it with a pattern.

Rule #4: Add Some Color and Patterns with Style

Rule #5: Don’t Forget the Shoes

When it comes to your professional attire, it’s the shoes that will ultimately seal the deal. Dressing professionally means that your shoes must also fit the successful persona that you’re trying to impress upon your colleagues. There are many men’s designer dress shoes available in more styles than you knew even existed, and depending on your personal style, you could go with a classic black dress shoe by Steve Madden, or a pair of slip-on loafers, which are popular with Italian professionals. Men’s Chelsea boots are also on more feet these days.

 

Then there are socks. You want to try to carry out any color motifs throughout your attire, from head to toe, with some men’s designer socks with a wide spectrum of colors and fantastic patterns including houndstooth, checkers, and more. These socks are designed for style and comfort. But not everyone wears socks, which is a style fast catching on in the US as younger professionals are looking more to the savvy professional fashion of Europe and changing the culture of the business-professional dress code.

Rule #5: Don’t Forget the Shoes

 

So, you think you’re dressed for success? Post photos of your best professional look to show us how boss you are.