In the good old days, we were concerned with how to win friends and influence people. Nowadays we are less concerned with having friends and more interested in getting ahead in business. There are many of us (including myself) that deserve promotions and pay increases.
Whilst dressing well and making the right impression is important, there is no denying that putting in the hours and actually being good at the job are key to getting ahead. So, whether you work on Canary Wharf or on the high street, here is a guide to how to look the business.
Paul Smith Three Piece Suit
A staple of any man's wardrobe and one that needs to be smart and comfortable at the same time. This Paul Smith three piece grey suit creates a great impression in business meetings. A more affordable option is this great new improved fit suit from Asos.
Emmett London Shirt
A crisp white one is always my go to shirt option when wanting to look smart. There are a host of great labels that do white shirts really well. Emmett London does a beautiful tab collar one, which really ups the style stakes. You can also get a great white poplin shirt from River Island for only £20.00
Prints are also key in the world of tie trends this season...
A good tie is key to looking the business, and the options today are endless. Drakes are masters of the tie and I love the texture of his grenadine silk one available at Mr Porter. Prints are also key in the world of tie trends this season, so if you are feeling bold, head to Topman where you can get your hands on this great paisley print tie.
Marwood London Pocket Square
The humble pocket square has become a major men's accessory. The key to getting the right one is to contrast, as opposed to match your suit and tie. There are so many available now that it would be painstaking work to find two, but two of my favourite brands are specialists in the pocket square department. Marwood London has created some really beautiful pieces, especially the lace ones, whilst Lord Dotte are unparalleled at creating beautiful print pieces.
A great pair of shoes is of paramount importance to getting ahead in business. Grenson are without a doubt, makers of some of the best shoes in the UK, with The Farringdon being my choice for a great work shoe. A more affordable shoe option would be these great lace ups from Burton Menswear.