That's right – I'm in Vegas!
Just finished attending New Media Expo where over a thousand online business people traded ideas for 3 days.
Yea – I'll be following up with Roderick the Sword Swallower here again in 2013.
He has style and confidence!
OK – so to the point.
I had a very interesting question asked of me – and I want to share with you the answer I gave.
The questions was:
“Antonio – Do You Ever Get Tired Of Dressing Sharp?”
My answer was an emphatic NO.
I never get tired of looking good – well, maybe never is too strong of a word:) But the person asking was surprised as dressing well for him was a chore and after 2 days in a suit he was ready to get back into jeans & a t-shirt.
So why don't I tire of dressing sharp?
Here are my 5 reasons.
Reason #1 – Practice
You have to make dressing sharp a habit. Habits are effortless because we no longer are thinking about what we are doing. No willpower required!
As an athlete or competitor – did you walk out on the game field without ever having practiced? Of course not. Everything I wear has been through multiple “rehearsals” – like a musician you test what you wear so there are no surprises the night of the concert.
Reason #2 – Fit Equals Comfort
Well-fitted clothing is comfortable. It allows freedom of movement and reduces hot-spots in tight areas. Well-made clothing also uses better quality fabrics which is made to breathe against the skin.
Well-fitted clothing can also make you appear healthier even if you're not in great shape. Well-cut jackets & trousers can create an artificial masculine silhouette by building up the shoulders and making your chest more pronounced – even when you're packing 50lbs around the gut.
Poorly-fitted clothing is restrictive & makes you look worse/exaggerates abnormal features you might want to downplay – like that aforementioned gut!
Reason #3 – Environment & Occasion
I'm a custom clothier who owns an information site about style – if I wore a t-shirt and jeans I would create a disconnect with my brand.
Dressing “sharp” does not mean dressing in a suit – it means sending the right signal with your appearance.
Reason #4 – Compliments
During the conference I received about 10 compliments a day – from my pocket square to my boots to the fit of my jacket. Each and every one of them felt good and reinforced the message I was looking to send.
I spoke with Matthew Kimberly (a well-dressed man and excellent sale coach) and he had received the same treatment. People he had met instantly placed him a bit higher in terms of trust & authority.
This is totally irrational behavior – how do looks play into competence? But we are irrational human beings – so why not use this knowledge to your advantage?
Compliments feel great – and when you receive them you give more of them out. A quick example – I had a great conversation with the PR manager of Military.com because I complimented her on her shoes to start our conversation. It was unexpected, she had a great story concerning them, and it enabled her to remember me when we saw each other later and she introduced me to Military.com's managing editor.
Reason #5 – Confidence
All of this helps to build your confidence. When others project positive feelings towards you – you can't help but radiate strength.
Now did I speak at NMX……no, I didn't.
But I was told over a dozen times I should be speaking there and was often mistaken as a VIP. I even had one man ask if I was a quarterback (he had to have been a bit drunk as I'm only 5'9″ and built like a runner).
My clothing was a suit of armor – and it performed brilliantly.
In summary, the answer is NO because dressing sharp is a part of who I am.
I am not “acting” when I wear a sports jacket, slip on my western boots, or wear a well fitted dress shirt.
I am authentic because I dress for the man I know myself to be.
Believe me – people see this and react positively to it.
Now it's your turn………
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