Believe it or not, the color of your tie, your shirt, or your suit may be sending a message about your mood, your intentions, or your personality. Different colors carry different meanings, which are often picked up by others on a subconscious level. Just as certain colors draw you more than others, these same colors tend to give others an impression of who you are.
You already know that the style of clothing you wear should be chosen carefully for important events, such as interviews and business meetings. Likewise, you should always dress in colors that send the right message for the occasion. Below are the basic colors found in men’s fashion, and what impressions are associated with each.
It is no mistake that black is popular among businessmen. Black carries with it an expression of authority and power. At the same time, black is traditional and elegant, an expression of style that is both understated and confident.
You might remember a scene in the beginning of Alfie where the title character explains why he likes to wear pink shirts. But can men really get away with wearing pink? The question is rather hotly debated, with one camp claiming pink never belongs in a man’s closet, while the other camp insists that pink can be an attractive and tasteful addition to any man’s wardrobe.
Unfortunately, when we talk about men wearing pink, most people envision the hot pink tank tops of the 1980s – and who wouldn’t rebel against that mental image? In actuality, though, pink and red were thought of as boys’ colors until the 1920s. This just goes to show the power that society has over us, right down to the hidden meanings we interpret in colors.
For many men, a tie collection is among their most prized possessions. Such a man might have dozens or even hundreds of ties, all of which he cares for meticulously.
Even if you are not all that jazzed up about your ties, though, caring for them properly is important. The condition of the ties you wear has a bearing on your professional image. If you wear ties that are wrinkled, stained, or worn, your bosses and coworkers may interpret the quality of your work as less effective than it really is. Moreover, companies are more likely to promote people who will reflect a positive image for the company, so it is in your career’s best interests to dress the part.
Believe it or not, shoes are an important part of every man’s wardrobe. An outfit can quickly be ruined by the wrong pair of shoes. Whether the look you are going for is business casual or more formal, such as a suit and tie, your shoes should always be in agreeance with the rest of your outfit.