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04/07/2015

How To: Dress For That Important Meeting with Appropriate Style…and Loads of Confidence

We all know the saying, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And it stays with you forever, so it better be a good one. Whether you are making that first pitch (or hearing one), starting a partnership with a new client, or joining a new company, we have to acknowledge that how we look is just as important as what we say. From that first handshake to the last, feeling confident and appropriate allows you to focus on the important stuff – the business at hand. We’re here to help with your outfit, so you can concentrate on the work. To do that, we’ll be laying out a few key go-to looks in our Fashion Finds of the week – two that are appropriate for a conservative environment and two for a creative one. You want to express your own style, of course, but we all know it’s just as critical to show that you fit in with and understand their work culture, too. A modern, yet timeless look will always give you a powerful feeling, and can become your go-to look for these types of work days, which will help you get ready quickly in the morning. Use that extra time to get in one extra “snooze” or grab that extra cup of coffee.

Take a look at a few tasteful and functional necessities to get you through any meeting. And then head over to “4 Outfits: Conservative or Creative, Business Meeting Style Done Right” and see which outfit works best for you. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media.

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The Briefcase. You’ll be carrying it when you walk in, when you take out your computer, and as you head out the door. It needs to look good. These days, the choice between a leather or canvas bag can be a tough one. If the meetings are formal - with lawyers, bankers or clients whose office dress is formal, we suggest leather. Ben Minkoff’s black wrinkled leather briefcase is classic, with stylish accents like its contrasting two-tone top zip. It has a padded laptop sleeve, multiple interior organizer pockets, and two exterior pockets for quick access to your cell phone. It also has detachable shoulder strap for easy carrying, but also a more modern look.
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The Blazer. Lots of meetings today require travel, and this classic fitting blue chambray blazer will hold up to a flight and then a drive straight to the meeting. Not only will you present well in any casual meeting when you pair this Thomas Dean jacket with dark denim or khaki’s, you’ll look polished on your flight – important if you are travelling with colleagues (or just want some better service throughout your travels). For a contemporary fit, John Varvatos Star USA's version is equally versatile.
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The Trench. The first impression starts as you enter the meeting place. A classic, modern looking trench is a gent’s best friend on a business trip or a meet-up outside your office. This contemporary fitting coat from French Trotters looks smart for an important meeting and with jeans in the evening. French Trotters was launched in 2010 from an elite French store that specializes in classic and casual pieces, and not sold everywhere so you won’t see this jacket on every other fellow. This simple, beige all cotton coat has a simple covered placket and classic sleeve tabs in a length just right for most gents to cover your suit or sport coat with ease. If you wear a long or extra long, Jack Spade has a longer version.
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The Charger. There is nothing less professional than showing up for a meeting and realizing the computer you need to take notes on or give a presentation from isn’t going to have enough charge to make it through the meeting. This high capacity external battery pack from iClever has enough backup power to fully charge your laptop and keep your cell phone or tablet going for days – and that is not easy to come by. The aluminum alloy casing is sturdy and good-looking, so you won’t feel uncomfortable if you have to plug it with some new eyes on you.
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The Impressive Pen. Whether you take notes directly into your tablet or computer, or keep it old school with a pen and paper, don’t show up without a pen. And there is nothing more polished and successful looking than a truly fine pen – it’s like having a good watch. This Montblanc Mesiterstuck ballpoint is a classic that will always make the right impression. First introduced in 1924, the black precious resin barrel with platinum trim and the iconic white Montblanc star has become the standard of fine writing instruments. Of course, keeping a few standard ballpoints in your bag won’t hurt, either.
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Jump drive. Whether you’re bringing a presentation or plan on leaving with some collateral, have a jump drive with a lot of space ready to go. You certainly don’t want to rely on an internet connection to grab your information from a sharing platform. The SanDisk Extreme 3.0 32GB is not only top rated, it passes the style test in its simple, black sleek design. It is fast and secure and works with both Windows and OS X operating systems. You can even create a password-protected folder for selected files, which is always nice in a room of new people.
 

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