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How to dress like a CEO (for an IT related business)

by Career Times

So youre eyeing that CEO job and are getting really anxious over the upcoming interview session? Perhaps now its time you kept your nerves in check and focused on how you should exhibit a professional image during the interview.

Grooming tips

This is as much about fashion as psychology V there is a reason for whatever colour, style, and material you may choose.

Whats the business?

  • Smart-casual is what you should go for and the formula goes like this: blazer + T-shirt + jeans + sneakers
  • Substitutions allowed: cardigans for blazers; open-neck shirts for T-shirts, pants for jeans, loafers for sneakers

Who will you be talking to?

You want to show your CEO qualities but, mind you, youre being interviewed by a bona fide CEO so youd better show some respect and it can be easily done: simply dont wear black.

A T-shirt that shouts intelligence

Use colours sparingly and make sure you dont wear another companys logo on your chest. A white one, with or without patterns, is always safe. While round-necks exude more sophistication, a V-neck shows confidence and playfulness but both will go well with a slim-cut blazer.

Jeans, pants and skirts

This is to earn respect, so

  • Nothing too loose or too tight
  • Leave your baggy jeans and sagging pants at home


If you think theres no such things as stereotypes in the IT business, youre wrong. Put on a nice suit and youll find yourself next in line for that corporate sales job.

Show/hide your physique

  • Horizontal lines/patterns make you look slim and trim; vertical lines can give you a broader shoulder
  • Darker colours V authoritative, less fun but if you find yourself one size too big then go for it
  • Lighter colours V younger, more energetic and playful

Your personality

Wear it if you have one and are confident about it.

5 Big no-nos

1. All black (Black shirts a definite no-no for men)

  • Self-absorbed, anti-social, unfriendly

2. High heels (max. 1 inch for men and 2 for women)

  • Affect your posture (the way you walk, sit down and get up)

3. Anything too tight or sleeveless

  • Too much flesh can be distracting

4. Big, plastic accessories

  • Eccentric, yes; CEO, no (a bright plastic watch can spell trendy though)

5. Hairpieces or hair extensions

  • Simply clumsy and yucky on a humid day


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