There’s been a trend in the last decade or so that needs to end: not wearing a suit to a business meeting. Yes, we know – in California, y’all like to wear hoodies and flip flops whether you’re in the street or the board room, but to be honest, it just doesn’t really fly. Yes, while the acceptability of the hoodie or the t-shirt in the business meeting has grown, it is by no means as accepted as the tried-and-true business suit.
sTUDIES CONFIRM, SUITS ARE BEST FOR BUSINESS MEETINGS
In a recent poll of CEOs and board members of Fortune 500 companies, nearly 40 percent of respondents said that suits were acceptable for business meetings, and 0 percent said that they were unacceptable. Compare that to the t-shirt, which only 19 percent said were appropriate, and 19 percent said were not acceptable, or the hoodie, which 8 percent found acceptable but 30 percent couldn’t tolerate.
If you want to be taken seriously, suit up
The upshot of this is that you need to wear a suit if you want to be taken seriously. Psychology studies have found that people make first impressions about your capacity for success and intelligence within the first three seconds of laying eyes on you, based almost entirely on your clothing presentation. So if you want to make a good impression, especially in an important meeting, you want to dress as much as possible like Don Draper – a well-fitted suit, a slick tie, buffed shoes, crimped hair – the whole monty.