"One misconception about dressing like a 'boss' is that people think you have to be wearing a three piece suit with boring socks, a power tie and square-toed shoes to do so - this is a myth."
Who doesn't want to dress like a boss? There's no better feeling than going out and knowing that people are saying/thinking "That looks like a man who's doing something with his life". One misconception about dressing like a 'boss' is that people think you have to be wearing a three piece suit with boring socks, a power tie and square-toed shoes to do so - this is a myth.
If you've read The 48 Laws of Power (possibly a top 10 best self-help book ever written), you know that the first law is to never outshine your master. If your employer is someone who prides themselves on how they dress (the easiest way to tell if they're this type of person is if over half of their Instagram photos are of them posing in outfits - or they have narcissistic tendencies), then avoid overdoing the whole fashion thing when you go to work. At the same time, you still want to stand out amongst your peers.
Now you may be asking, how do I do that? Has my whole life been a lie? Calm down, no it hasn't been. But luckily for you, I have a few quick tips that you can start applying TODAY on how you can dress like a boss (without looking like your 70 year old boss, or outshining your stylish one).
1. Lose the tie. I'm the 'style guy' and even I can assure you that you'll barely see me in a tie unless I'm taking shots for the blog. Its way too hot, plus you don't want to look like a try-hard every.single.day.
2. Accessorize. I've never seen a boss who doesn't wear a watch. By wearing a stylish time piece, you're showing that you're punctual, plus you understand rule number four of being a man: Own a great watch. Also, 99% of men don't wear pocket squares (which is mind-boggling) so adding one to your silhouette will add bossetry to your look.
3. Lose the socks (Actually, wear no-show socks). Because you'll be spending more time commuting in the heat from six-figure deal to seven-figure deal than at a desk. If you have an important client meeting then skip this rule for the day.
4. Have fun with your footwear. Any shoe that doesn't have laces such as penny and tassel loafers automatically set you apart and say "I'm too smooth to bend over and tie my shoes". There's also plenty of room for child's play with fabric and color.
5. Either wear a boldly patterned shirt, or split you blazer and trousers by wearing 2 different colors.
How do you like to dress down your 'dressed up' looks? Let me know in the comments below and tell me what you think.
DJ Hargrave is a menswear blogger and founder of Tailor Made Style. His goal is to empower others to become the strongest version of themselves through their style and helping them be informed on what's going on in the menswear world. You can find him on Instagram and Snapchat @tailormadedj