How Your Fashion Style Says about Where You Are from
Date: 18 March 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
You’ve probably heard the saying you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And in 2016, this is more true than ever. Turn up to a business meeting in flip flops or without a suit on and chances are, whatever you were going to say, whatever point you wanted to get across, it’s over.
We all prefer to think we value people for their input, their intelligence, their ideas. But really, we judge someone within a few seconds of meeting them and what they’re wearing has a huge influence on the opinions we form. Their clothes and how they wear them will tell us everything from how much money they may have to how intelligent we think they are and, maybe sadly, it can also play a big part in us deciding if we’re going to get on with them or not.
For example, if we see someone in a nasty looking suit that doesn’t fit them properly, we might immediately judge that they are low down in a company and won’t have much input into that important business meeting we’re heading into.
Or what about the man you see walking down the sidewalk in a hoodie I bet you’d cross to the other side to avoid him. You’ve just judged him to be dangerous or intimidating on an item of clothing. Crazy, huh?
Needless to say, different cultures have different business dress code etiquette. In a globalized world we suggest you make a mental note of these:
Is business dress code etiquette the same in Europe?
Britain is pretty similar to American business style dress in a suit or you may as well not bother turning up. But what about mainland Europe? In France, Italy and Germany, dress to impress is certainly the norm and even people with relatively lowlevel jobs buy the best suits they can afford. Germans consider it rude to wear sloppy clothes to business meetings, but do not be surprised to run into ‘white socks’ with a black suit, this is strangely considered ‘a statement’.
Asia seems to have a much more casual attitude to business dress than either Europe or America. In Singapore, for example, because of the hot temperatures, a jacket for men is an optional accessory. You Chinese business partners might eye your female colleagues wearing short sleeves or high heels to meetings. However, if you head over to Japan, you’d better make sure you look smarter than ever.
The Middle East?
No region in the world takes dress code as seriously as this one. Each country in the Middle East has its own customs. One piece of advice though make sure you dress conservatively no bare arms, shoulders, thighs or carves. Unless you feel like walking out of the meeting in handcuffs. Yes, here it is the matter of the law.
A final thought American Black men’s style
But all these fade next to the dress code nuisances in your home country, where, according to mashable.com, it could become a matter of ‘life or death’. This interesting article covers true stories by some black American men such as Scott Pegram are dressing up to try and get away from the what he perceives as a ‘thug in a hood’ attitude towards black men in America. He believes that many people who were targeted for their blackness and killed happened to be wearing casual clothing.
This is one instance where what you wear can make a massive difference to people’s perceptions and your life in general.
And for a long but enlightening read we recommend an article by Conde Nast outlining in great detail all you need to know about formal business attire around the world, neatly divided into separate countries.