Advice for Both Sexes
We've talked about wearing suits or closely coordinating pieces, but what about fabrics? No matter whether you're a man or a woman, fabrics can range from wool to polyester blends; for a few bucks extra you can try a cotton/silk blend. Avoid cheap synthetics such as rayon or acetate; rayon itches, and both of them wrinkle easily and wash poorly. Never, never wear jeans, even if they're black.
Coordinate your belts, shoes, handbags, and briefcases, both by color and texture. Shoes should be polished, and if your heels are worn down it’s time to replace them.
Choose small-sized jewelry for business meetings. Successful dress options include small earrings for women—but, men, you must remove them. Men with any piercings and women with facial piercings should utilize acrylic posts; some people find piercings distasteful and inappropriate in the business world. You want your colleagues or clients to concentrate on what you're saying without being distracted by your style.
Hair should always be clean and well groomed. For women, this means that if your roots are showing, touch them up. Men who wear facial hair should trim and line it. Manicured fingernails work well for women--and for men, too, if the polish is clear.
Give yourself a last look-over in the mirror before you leave. Are there tags left on your clothes? Can you see any trailing strings? Be certain your buttons are all in place. If you see a hole in anything, you’ve got to quickly stitch it, tape it, or even staple it! Put on a spritz of cologne—but nobody likes to be anesthetized by an overpowering scent, so keep it light.
One acceptable way to add a touch of your own personal style is with a bracelet. Both women and men can add a bracelet or wristband that decorates the wrist without promoting a cause.