Have you ever noticed that so many of the world’s top CEO’s wear the same thing every day? Uniform dressing has become their solution to “decision fatigue,” or simply put, one less decision they have to make during the day. While we can appreciate the energy-saving effort, we at ATG take joy in the process of getting dressed. We turned to world-renowned stylist, Charlene Roxborough, the woman behind some of Hollywood’s best-dressed celebrities, for advice on nailing a polished, modern look that lets your best self shine through.
Neutrals are ideal in a business environment because they step aside to let your personality run the show. Too much black can be harsh, so try to maintain a soft balance when going dark. Jewel tones should be reserved for special occasions when you want to express more feeling, like the office holiday party. And for the most part avoid pastels, which can come off as too corporate.
These are the items you can wear every day, and for years at a time, so build everything else around them. Once you have your accessories picked out, look for great jacket and slacks. Save on seasonal trends at stores like Zara, Club Monaco and H&M where you’ll find classic designer looks at reasonable price points.
It’s great if you find something ready to wear straight off the rack, but prepare to tailor to get the best fit. You want your clothes to convey authority, confidence and sophistication so look for defined lines and flattering silhouettes. There is a time and place to be trendy, but the boardroom is not one of them. Dress timelessly today so that your look plays back 20 years from now.