Photography by Alicia Mara
Look The Part Details
Summit Suits - Combatant Gentlemen | Dress Shirts - Charles Tyrwhitt | Dress Shoes - Allen Edmonds | Briefcase - Filson | Watch - Daniel Wellington / Kenneth Cole
It felt like it was just yesterday when I graduated from my university a few years ago. I remember getting ready for my big interview and the starting my first day at the "big boy" job. Looking the part has always been a big part of my style philosophy. First impression is everything and you might not get another chance, you want to dress for success and look the part in a confident and sophisticated way. The suit & tie has always been a staple in the corporate world. "Dress for the job you want, not the one you have" I'm sure you've heard of that before and I can honestly say how true that statement is. There are many times people have thought I was a team leader, a higher position at the company, or simply had more work experience because of how I've presented myself.
Dressing the best version of myself has always helped me in positive ways like landing my jobs, meeting new co-workers in confidence, and earning a promotion. There's no direct formula to "success" but looking the part sure does help! Every little bit helps and saving money never looked so good. Through the Acura College Grad Program - recent qualified grads can save $500 on a new Acura. You can start a career off with a new ride and a new look. I wish I signed up for the Acura Look The Part campaign for the extra money to invest in quality clothing items to jumpstart my career. I've decided to challenge myself to show you ways to make the most of the $500.
Here are two of my successful fool-proof, battle tested suited looks that have worked well for me over the years. I decided to pair up Combatant Gentlemen and Acura because both brands are innovative and savvy in their own industries.
Look The Part Style Tips:
+ Navy Suit - Classic Navy suit that's essential in any guy's closet. Paired with a professional pattern-mix combination of blue striped shirt & navy dot tie. This prestigious look shows a great sense of style without being too bold and showing off.
+ Grey Pinstripe Suit - Another classic suit color with pinstripes that shows confidence. Paired with a crisp white shirt and a sharp purple tie. I love purple in the workplace because it's uncommon yet complements well with menswear. Also, the color represents royalty and sophistication.
+ Don't forget the feet - Another great way to look the part is to upgrade your dress shoes for a pair of quality leather that will last a long time (making your money worth). The Allen Edmonds Strands in Walnut or Park Avenue in Black would be considered the American classic and office favorites.
+ Accessories - Last but not least you can choose to look the part by upgrading your accessories. The Filson briefcase is a nice classic - time to ditch the old laptop bag for one that will stand out in a good way in the office. Go for sharp leather watches and forget about the sporty & bulky watches at home.
Look the part so when the moment comes, you'll be ready.
The Acura College Graduate Program offers a $500 savings to recent and upcoming college graduates who meet the following criteria:
Look II - Grey Pinstripes Suit
This post was sponsored by Acura Financial Services.
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