I always get excited to get dressed for a business meeting. In a way that many of us 20-something’s will understand and relate to, it makes me feel like an adult, as well as giving me a chance to show off my personal brand to others. First impressions matter a lot (just read Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink if you think otherwise), and since I spend a lot of time meeting with new photographers and brands to generate collaboration ideas, I have a sense that what I wear guides the conversation in a subliminal way that is hard to counteract if I get my outfit wrong.
For those of you who know me or follow me, you know that I don’t have any hard-and-fast rules about style, so I won’t talk about BUSINESS ATTIRE RULES. Still, I do have a “pattern” to suggest if you want to make a professional impression in a creative environment. 3 Classics + 1 Wild Card. Pairing pieces in this ratio gives the impression that I respect that I’m in a professional environment while also maintaining my identity as a bit of a style rebel. The 3 Classics can follow the choices of this outfit (checked button-down, black trench coat, fitted suit coat) or they can be your own white button-down or khaki trousers or oxford lace-up shoes. The Wild Card I chose for this outfit is, of course, the distressed, patched, ripped, shredded and destroyed to within an inch of their lives skinny black jeans. Other times I’ll choose a funky scarf (although in the States, ANY scarf would most likely qualify as a Wild Card), driving gloves or a knee-length hoodie.
So, good luck at all your meetings, and I hope this helps you make the best impression possible!
Photography credit :: Jonathan Jones
Location :: passageway from the Rue de Rivoli to Musée de Louvre, Paris