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For Men

  1. Suits should be well tailored. For presentations, clothes that are checkered, brightly colored or that clash will not reflect well on your image. Generally, dark blues, greys and blacks in single or double-breasted classic styles are the safest bet. Depending on the audience, a sport coat and well matched trousers are acceptable.

  2. Men’s suit coats are designed to be buttoned whereas most women’s coats are not. In a presentation, depending on the level of formality, you may wish to button the jacket, unbutton it or take the coat off altogether.

  3. Shirts should fit well and the collar should not be too tight. If you are worried about perspiration, make sure and wear a cotton T-shirt. If going on TV, avoid white shirts. The very best color is a light grey.

  4. Ties can be used to compliment the color of your eyes and face. The traditional red “power tie” may not be the best color for you. Experiment a bit. The red tie causes the audience’s eyes to focus first on the tie and not on you. Subtler colors may work better for you.

  5. Shoes should be appropriate, comfortable and well-shined. Make sure that socks match, don’t attract attention, and that they cover bare leg when you sit down.

  6. Hair frames the face. It should be well-groomed regardless of style. Beards and mustaches should be well-groomed especially around the lip line. If you are bald, avoid bringing a long lock of hair across the head to try to cover the baldness—it only attracts more attention to the fact that you are bald. Learn to accept it. If you are afraid of the shine under lights, apply a little powder to the head. The powder can’t be seen and it will cut down on the reflection.

And a word about glasses for both sexes…


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