The first step to being respected is to dress respectful. As the saying goes, your personality isn't the first thing that someone notices about you.
Michael W. Kraus, an assistant professor of organisational behavior at the Yale School of Management, co-wrote a study for the Journal of Experimental Psychology in 2014 which confirmed that clothes with high social status can increase job performance.
The study put 128 men ages 18 to 32 with diverse backgrounds and income levels through mock negotiations to see whether wearing specific kinds of clothing had any effect. The group that dressed more gentlemanly and professionally, achieved around twice more profit that any other group.
Your clothes are how you advertise yourself. When you dress with attention to detail, you are communicating to others that you are conscientious, aspirational and take yourself seriously when it comes to your job.
As a young man I remember being told to dress for the job that I want and not for the job that I have. If that means you dress differently to your peers, all the better. You are conveying a message that you are different. Be different and see the difference it makes to your life.
The first step to dressing better is to understand colour matching. To become an expert on colour matching for your outfits, take a read of our detailed article on understanding the colour wheel here.
Adding accessories such as cufflinks, pocket squares and lapel pins allow you to alter your look even if wearing the same suit or blazer, and allow you to show your personality. At www.societygent.com we have a wide range of fantastic accessories for the more discerning gent which will help you get ahead.