Sunday, September 6, 2009

How To Dress Professionally for Men

>> Step 1

Men’s dress suits – Invest in business apparel basics which consists of solid coloured shirts, dress pants, socks, silk ties, a classy watch, comfortable shoes and a plaint leather belt.

>> Step 2

De-clutter your closet – Iron and hang your dress shirts and coordinating pants in your closet so you have easy access to a coordinated look.

>> Step 3

Focus on being well groomed and polished – Make sure you get your hair cut and styled regularly, and that you shave and have manicured hands. Pick hair styling products to suit your hair.

>> Step 4

Find a Tailor – Well fitting clothes are essential for a professional look. Find a tailor who can neatly hem pants to fit you or make other minor modifications such as taking in the waist of your suit jackets, or shortening sleeves to fit your arm length.

Source: 1klassifieds, New Straits Times, August 29, 2009
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Men Guide To Dressing Well

Men's Guide To Dressing Well

As a business professional in the corporate world, you need to project a well groomed and clean cut professional image. Being well dressed takes a lot more than just an expensive suit. A man can have the best suit money can buy and still not look polished.

In order to present yourself well in society, you need to bring your look together by paying attention to details. Its within the details that the full picture is shown.

Use the following steps as a guide to men’s dress clothing and to dressing like a business professional in a corporate environment.

>> If it doesn’t fit don’t wear it: Just because you have a nice, expensive suit, or a pair of stylist dark denim doesn’t mean your in the fashion clear. You need to make sure you clothing fits properly if you want to look your best. Pants that are too tight, or suit coats that are too big will make you look anything but polished no matter how much you spent on them. If you find that your clothes aren’t fitting the way they should, consider visiting a tailor to have them let out or taken in.

>> Get an iron and get rid of wrinkles: Nothing says ill prepared and lazy like a wrinkled shirt. To make sure you look your best make it a point to iron your pants and your shirts. If you find that you don’t always have time to put those important creases in your collar, consider investing in a few wrinkle free shirts and pants and keeping them nice and neat on hangers until it's time to bring them out of the closet.

>> Invest is some nice socks: Nothing ruins a strapping suit like a pair of white cotton running socks. Keep your gym socks for the gym and fill your drawers with at least five pairs of nylon dress socks that will match your suit. What if you don’t wear a suit to work? As a general rule, those white socks should be kept for sneakers only.

>> Make it a point to accessorise: Sure any man can throw a suit on and a pair of dress shoes, but it’s those who take five seconds more to add some accessories to their ensemble that really look polished and ready to meet the business world with open arms. Invest in small yet essential things like cufflinks, tie clips and watches to make sure you are always dressed your best.

>> Don’t clash with busy patterns: If you want to wear a patterned shirt, give up your pin striped pants for the day. Likewise, if you are going to wear a pair of patterned pants, choose a solid color shirt. While yes, it is occasionally fashionable to mismatch, it’s not fashionable to clash. When it comes to dressing to impress clashing is a major fashion disaster.

>> Sneakers are never the right choice: Sneakers have come a long way and they have made their way past the gym and into our everyday lives. Unfortunately, no matter how comfortable and how stylist they are, they are never appropriate footwear for a polished look. Leave your sneakers at the gym and look for classy comfort in the casual shoe.

Kenny Low from Lord’s Tailor in Bangsar Shopping Complex in Kuala Lumpur said most suits sold off the rack are not made to measure “when we make suits, we cater to each individual to make sure it fits and follow every curve of the body," he said, adding a custom-made suit always fit an individual better.

It is important to understand a customer’s taste based on current trends. “When a customer comes for consultation, we study his figure and give him fitting suits made according to his size and measurement.

On the preferred style, Low said it generally depends on the usage of the suit.

For travel, a working suit tends to be more comfortable, otherwise, generally most suits nowadays are slim and form fitting.

Low said a good suit, made of good quality material, can usually last up to two years “A suit normally comprise of jacket and pants with matching material which is seasonal and goes according to trend. “General business suits usually favour darker shades and tend to look more formal,” he added.

Source: 1klassifieds, New Straits Times, Saturday, August 29, 2009
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Man Accessories

Styles That Maketh The Man

You have to admit that it is easier to dress a man. There’s no need to accessorise too much, or put on make-up. The rule of thumb for a man who wants to dress up well is – less is more.

Now that the number of fashion-conscious men out there is growing, we have to acknowledge that guys may look for a fashion tip or two. Read on.


One of the first things that women notice on a man is the watch he is wearing. The watch tells a lot about someone, so what better watch for a man than a Jaeger LeCoultre?

Almost every man wants to be the proud owner of a Jaeger LeCoultre. The Grande Reverso range is one of the brand’s most popular lines. The company introduced the reversible watch in 1931, which was a big hit with British army officers stationed in colonial India, especially among those who played polo.

Back then, there were no watches that could withstand the rigours of a polo match.

Since then, the Jaeger LeCoultre’s Grande Reverso has gone through a series of transformations, culminating in the Grande Reverso 976 and Grande Reverso 986 Duodate.

The Grande Reverso 976 emphasises its horological distinction where the hour and minute hands glide around the dial. The watch is designed with a geometrical Art Deco appeal. There’s also a small seconds display that forms the watch’s fourth rectangle within the other three.

Other details are the inner minute track zone with classic transferred Arabic numerals and the famous steel, pink-gold case. The workings of the proprietary mechanical manually-wound caliber 976 can be seen through the sapphire crystal case-back. This range is tagged from RM22,300 per pair.

The Grande Reverso 986 Duodate features dual displays on twin dials – the classic look of a Reverso. The silvered front dial shows the time in the reference time zone. There is a broad rounded date display arching across the top with its Clous de Paris hobnail pattern. The Grande Reverso 986 Duodate is priced at RM31,500.

Briefcase/Wallets/Namecard Holder

Leather can be a man’s best friend. Alfred Dunhill is one of the favourite brands among men. The brand presents its Autumn/Winter Collection 2009, called the Sidecar Gunmetal Colour Leather Collection.

Coloured leather is the in-thing now and this collection comprises a formal and classic Dunhill shape in grained leather with masculine brushed gunmetal hardware.

The choice of colours are red, navy and quintessential black.

Targeting a man who is always on the go, there are coats for billfold wallets, business card cases and briefcases.

My favourite item in this collection is the Sidecar Navy Double Document case. It is a double zip briefcase with a back flat pocket and internal compartments. The briefcase is ideal for the businessman who doesn’t want to appear to be too serious to others.


Clothes are always a bit tricky. Bottega Veneta recently launched its Fall/Winter 2009/10 Collection which could just be what the style doctor ordered.

The star of the collection is the cardigan. The designers opted for the subtle approach for the cardigans. The colours used are bone, ash, graphite, gray, brown and truffle brown, while the materials are washed and weathered fabrics and leather.

Other items in the collection are pants, shirts, jackets and suits. Fabrics are cotton, denim and corduroy, cotton-and-linen velvet while the leathers are deerskin, calf, lamb, and goat.

Also available are the knits of merino, alpaca, cashmere and other yarns custom-dyed for effect. These materials are lightweight and soft.

There is also a range of thick soled shoes with rounded toes as well as thick-soled short boots and brawny tasseled loafers.

- Compiled by Zuhaila Sedek.

Source: Life & Times, New Straits Times, August 24, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Always in Fashion

Technology has changed the business world, but the day of the business card is far from over. Card readers and scanners, and electronic versions of business cards stored on mobile phones have not done away with the simple impact that a well-executed business card can deliver.

Just as we judge one another by the quality of the clothes we wear, a business card too provides cues as to how wealthy, successful and professional we are.

These cues form what branding consultants call the "first impression".

In fact, business cards are so powerful, branding consultants describe them as mini billboards - mini because they are small and cost a fraction of the price of the larger ones.

First impressions are so important in everybody's private and professional lives that many people engage a branding firm to help create the right look for their card.

Whether you are a job applicant talking to prospective employers, or a business trying to make every contact with a new customer count, you will benefit from a card that creates a good impression.

Smart card

Make it memorable. A lawyer’s business card may mimic a get-out-of-gaol free card; a painter, a swatch of colour. Be creative. Think of the last time someone gave you a business card, and you simply tossed it in the bin without a thought. You don’t want the same thing to happen to your card.

Check out your competitors. You shouldn't copy them, but instead measure the quality and design you are competing against in your industry. Decide on what you need to do to make your business card stand out.

Avoid cheap. Like a suit, a custom-made one looks better and increases your confidence during a meeting. You may have only one chance to make an impression, so make the most of it. If it means you have to spend a dollar per card to make the right impression, consider it money well spent.

Include a picture of yourself. If you plan to leave your card in various places, with little personal presence, a photo of yourself and a bullet-point explanation of your business are useful. But be warned. Poorly taken photos will create a negative impression.

Build credentials. For start-up companies, mentioning one’s doctrines or degrees can make a difference. Including business accolades and alliance logos is a good idea if they are relevant.

Keep the business card simple. The more uncluttered, the easier to read and remember. Use both sides. One side for the brand, the second for details. This also gives scope to advertise the services and products you offer.

Examine different finishes. After looking at a card, a recipient next experiences it by feeling it. Cards which provide an experience through touch are recalled up to four times more than business cards without one.

Make it bold. Colour creates the most impact for dollar. Examine the impact your card makes up close in your hand, or on a desk a few metres away. Orange, purple and green are good colours because they are unusual. But always try to stick with colours of your brand.

Think about the business card holder. Irrespective of how well the card is designed, the recipient will often see the holder first, so make sure you are comfortable with the quality. Select a holder that is durable and capable of withstanding scratches. After you have created the perfect card, think about how to give it. Always allow your clients to hand their business card first. When it is your turn, hand the card so that it faces the recipient so he can read it.

Card etiquette

Accept and give cards with two hands. This is especially practiced in Asia, and is important when dealing with older business people. I remember being in a meeting once where a supplier flung his card at me from across the table. I didn’t have to be Asian to feel disrespected.

Read names and titles carefully. If you are unable to pronounce the name of the person who gave you his card, now is the time to ask. Observe the card for anything that may spark a conversation. By demonstrating interest in your contact, he becomes interested in you.

During a discussion, keep your contacts’ business cards at arm’s length on the surface of the table. This not only demonstrates respect but helps you address them by their correct names and titles.

Have a plentiful supply of cards. At a business function or social gathering, some people take offence if they give you their card and do not receive yours. Considering how many business introductions are made through personal networking and referrals, it is surprising how little consideration and money is spent on business cards. When you calculate the cost of meeting a new customer from the time it took to identify him, call to make an appointment, drive to meet him, and then buy him coffee, can you afford not to make a positive first impression?

Source : ST/ANN
Article by Anthony Coundouris, a director at Firestarter, a sales and marketing consultancy company.

Source: Classifieds, StarMetro, Monday, September 15, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Celebrate Yourself

Not many people understand enjoying themselves. It is the core to being happy and healthy. It is when you celebrate yourself that you know what enjoying yourself really means.

Steps :-

1. Stop relying on external aspects like money, career, status, and mates to be happy.

2. Experiences. The more happy experiences, the more joyous you will be.

3. React calmly to situations.

4. Spend time alone and try to introspect your nature, behavior and character.

5. Tune in to the song you like most; the book you like to read; the recipe you like to cook and the person you love to be with.

6. Happiness is mutual. The more you make people around you happy, the happier you will be.

7. Try not to think, speak or act in a way that berates others, and put them on a defensive. Have something good to say at all times.

Source: 1Klassified, New Straits Times, Thursday, June 25, 2009

Steps Towards Personal Development

It's not the blowing of the wind, but the set of the sail that determines your destination" ~ Jim Rohn

Have you ever stopped to consider why you get the results that you do? Do you wonder why some people seem “lucky” and are able to glide through life always achieving more while others toil daily just to make ends meet? Do you know where you want to go in life?

Where you end up in life is predominantly the result of the little choices you make each day. Small, seemingly inconsequential decisions can have a major impact on your life later on. Imagine you are on a flight and the plane is off course by just one degree, where would you arrive?

When Jim Rohn says it is the set of your sail that determines your destination, he is referring to the way you live your life every moment of every day. Setting your sail involves knowing exactly where you want to go and having a specific plan for getting there.

When you know these things, you will able to factor that information into your decision making process to ensure you are moving closer to your goals. Without the information, you will have no way of knowing where your towards decisions may lead you.

The key is to remain focused on your destination and be flexible on your route. The "how" will change, just like the wind. When that happens you must be willing and able to adjust your course, reset your sail to capitalise on the change.

The following 10 steps will help to build your personal development roadmap and set your sail to achieve your dreams:

1. Clearly identify, in writing, the results you want to achieve (your destination).

2. If possible, find pictures/images that represent your destination. This helps to make the visualization of the end result more concrete.

3. Identify all the reasons why you want to achieve these results (why do you want to arrive at your chosen destination?). They must be personal and compelling and they must be your own.

4. What will you need to learn or do differently? What critical information or skill are you lacking that is preventing you from moving forward?

5. What have you done in the past that can help you get to where you want to be in the future? What skills can you build on?

6. Who will you need to help you in your journey?

7. When do you expect to arrive? How long will it take to achieve the results you desire?

8. How will you get there? What is your plan? Think about the last step you need to accomplish before reaching your destination. Then, continue to work backwards with each step until you reach the present.

9. What will you do and how will you feel when you have reached your destination? Decide in advance how you will celebrate and appreciate your accomplishment. Use your vivid imagination to see and feel yourself achieving!

10. Choose a new destination and repeat the process, always focusing on continuous improvement and designing your future.

Get started today, setting your sail for a successful journey and take control of your personal development!

Source: 1Klassifieds, New Straits Times, Thursday, June 25 2009