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The new Power Dress Code: Style + Sophistication = Success in business

Power {pou-er}, noun: the ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. To succeed in business, it is essential that you present yourself in a powerful way. To accomplish anything in life, you need to be able to recognize the power that lies within. Then, understanding how to dress allows you to expose that inner power.

Successful people recognize this and do all they can to remind themselves of their inner power. A man who not only recognizes, but also embraces, his personal power comes across as confident and charismatic. The clothes he wears also reflect the power he feels within himself.

We can all portray a powerful image by the way we choose to dress. Below, we have listed a few key recommendations that should help you bring out that inner mogul.

  1. The Suit – This is where it all starts. It’s the most important piece in your wardrobe, and not just any suit will do. In the old days, the power suit was much easier to define. It was a particular brand and it was very structured and stifling. Today, the power suit is more defined by the individual and how he chooses to wear the garment. If you are in pursuit of a brand defining your self worth, you are a lost cause. Please stop reading this piece.

A perfect example of the power suit is the VKNAGRANI double breast Branson suit. It harks back to the Golden Era but brings forth a modern edge. Like the single breasted Branson suit, it is unconstructed, so it has a young, modern feel to it. However, the double breast option conveys a sense of formality and exudes power.

The description of this suit says it all: “Imagine if you were a rock star and your father was an Italian tailor.” Should you be able to embrace the DB, you will soon understand the feeling of walking into a room and without words letting everyone know that Daddy just walked in.

  1. The Shoe – If you’re going to invest in a high-quality, designer power suit, you need to make sure you have the right shoes to go with it. Not just any shoe will do. The color, shape, and style are all important components in choosing the right power shoe.

 If a woman’s interest is perked after noticing your suit, she begins to look more closely before making her final decision. Her focus shifts to your shoes and watch. All of this happens within five seconds of her noticing you.

A quick cheat sheet for choosing the right shoe:

  • Unless you work for the government or a mortuary, there is no need to wear black shoes. With black tie, we can understand.
  • NEVER wear shoes with gaudy buckles or logos. Monk straps are cool, but no more than a single buckle.
  • A lace up shoe is ideal for any and all business meetings. Be it an oxford or Brogue, you cannot go wrong.
  • A loafer is the go to for a more casual setting. You can wear them with denim or a more casual trouser.

VK’s top choices for dress shoes: Bontoni, DiBianco, Santoni, Magnani

  1. The Shirt – I do not know why we always have to discuss this because men should understand the importance of the shirt. However, it seems like shirt etiquette has fallen by the way side. Here, let’s make it easy:
  • The most important factor of your shirt is the collar. The collar should be sturdy and roll gracefully inside your jacket. It should stand up and not slouch.
  • The fit should be tailored to your body. The sleeves should be clean and reach no further than then where the wrist meets the hand.
  • The shirt should always be clean. 
  1. The Accessory – Never underestimate the power of men’s accessories. Do not go crazy with accessories. For the gent, a watch, a pocket square, cufflinks and socks are the only accessories allowed to be a bit more expressive. Goofy, colourful ties are for idiots.   The key to the watch is simplicity and sophistication. Diamonds, studs, gadgets, etc are foolish.
  1. The Fine Details – Gents understand that the Devil lies in the details.
  • Hair Style. Unless you are in the military or are going bald, there is no reason for any skin to be showing on your head. Choose a style that works with your face and your personality. I get the man bun thing, but let’s be serious. Unless you look like a 20 year old movie star or you are a rock star, you are not going to be able to pull of the man bun. Keep it clean, easy and avoid excessive hair product. Hair should flow and remain controlled but not imprisoned.
  • If you choose facial hair, make sure you keep it groomed and healthy.
  • Get a manicure and pedicure once a month. In the interim, keep your nails clean and cut.

To achieve success in your business, you’ll need to have the skill and know-how of your trade. But, in order to become a powerhouse in your business, well, that comes from within. A personal sense of power will make you unstoppable. Tim Pait from Oak Hall, Memphis, TN shows how VKNAGRANI products contribute to this sense of power. He says, “There are people that like clothing, but rare are those that understand the art of making beautiful clothes that function to enhance the consumer’s lifestyle. VKNAGRANI offers a concise, efficient and sophisticated point of view to men’s clothing…and has redefined the modern man’s look. Vivek’s approach to creating distinct, innovative, and timeless pieces offers a man both style and comfort without sacrificing elegance.”

If you don’t feel as powerful as you would like to feel, adding some power pieces to your wardrobe will give you a boost. Wearing a power suit and looking the part will encourage the self-confident and competent part of your personality to emerge. They say that clothes make the man. If you want to be a powerhouse, dress for success by incorporating power pieces into your wardrobe today.

My work is about far more than creating clothing and a responsibility to myself, the consumer and the human existence. I do not design clothing, I engineer a wardrobe that offers versatility, function and sophistication. I am more focused on raising the bar and creating a timeless aesthetic. Trends are futile. For those that seek the exquisite, you will truly enjoy my work. After all, it was created with you in mind.​​

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