How To Dress When Meeting A Politician – Dressing Sharp To Influence – Men’s Style Tips

How To Dress When Meeting A Politician – Dressing Sharp To Influence – Men’s Style Tips


How To Dress When Meeting A Politician – Dressing
Sharp To Influence – Men’s Style Tips Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real
Men Real Style. Today, I’m going to be talking about how to dress when you’re meeting with
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It’ll come right to you. Okay, so this is the question that came in.
“Antonio, quick question. Next week, I’ll be speaking at my state capitol in Mississippi
about a possible bill. I was wondering what colors are appropriate for meeting with a
politician. It might not matter, but any advice is much appreciated. Thank you.” Well, I wanted to take this a little bit step
farther and actually talk about the styles of clothing that you should wear. I know there
are some of you guys out there who are thinking, “Okay, if I’m going to go meet with a politician,
I’m going to wear a rain suit because he’s going to be flinging mud and stuff is going
to be flying.” Jokes aside, definitely when you’re going to your state capitol or you’re
going to the national capitol, or you may go to your country’s capitol, depending on
where you’re at in the world, you want to dress appropriately because at the end of
the day, you want to think what is your goal, what is your purpose. If your goal is to influence, then you want
to come across as credible and nothing screams credibility as much as a suit or at least
a blazer or a sports jacket. You want to have some type of jacket on which signals to these
guys that you are one of them. Again, I know I’m going to get some flack for this, but
you want to, in a sense, mimic the way they dress. So when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
I know you probably don’t normally wear a suit, but look at anyone that testifies on
Congress or anyone that goes to the capitol. They dress a bit better because you’re in
their world and you want to be able to get your message across. That’s the whole reason
you’re going there. Now, there are cases in which you would perhaps
if you want to really shake things up or if you want to draw attention and use a visual,
you could dress a bit differently. Let’s say you’re here in Wisconsin. We have a very strong
Dairy Farmers Association. If you’re running into a really big issue and if you don’t feel
anyone’s listening to you — I know we’ve had issues where farmers will show up in their
overalls. Was it here in Wisconsin that some farmer basically flew over and dropped a whole
bunch of manure on the capitol? That’s a way of getting their attention and I don’t think
he was dressed in a suit. If you want to get someone’s attention, occasionally
you can do that with a visual, but in your case, as a student, as a young man, you want
to come across as credible. You want to come across as trustworthy. You want to come across
as someone that they can be okay listening to and get your message very quickly, and
it’s not just the politician who you’re trying to get to listen to you. There’s going to
be men and women surrounding him or her and those are the people that you really want
to influence because they’re the ones that are going to be more open to your message. It’s probably going to stick with them. And
since they have the politician’s ear a lot more often than you do and they’ve got a greater
sense of trust, they may be able to influence. So the meetings that you’re going to be having
not just speaking to the politician, but the ones that come before and come after in the
follow-ups, in those cases, you always want to be presenting yourself in the best possible
light. The colors, getting to your specific question,
I would go with — because of your age — charcoal grey or medium grey. Those are going to be
the best colors for a young man because they’re going to help you look a little bit older.
Let’s say you’re in your mid 20s and you’ve already got a navy suit. That’s going to be
perfectly fine as long as that suit isn’t too blue and doesn’t make you look like
a teenager because that’s something you don’t want. You don’t want to go in there and look
so young that they think, “Okay, this is somebody that can’t even vote, so I’m not even going
to listen to him.” Other things you can do. At the end of the
day though, you want your suit to be very simple and conservative. You’re not looking
to ruffle any feathers. You’re not representing the Wisconsin Fashion Guild, which I don’t
even know if there is one, but if there was one — actually, you’re down in Mississippi,
so maybe Mississippi has a fashion guild, but in any case, you’re not representing them,
so you’re not going to be going in and trying to strike a chord with, “Hey, look at my fashion
sense.” Simple, conservative, classic, but if you
want to have a little bit of fun with your style, if you’re wearing a navy suit to bring
in a very dark pair of brown shoes, that works fine. Maybe wear a very simple pocket square.
I wouldn’t go for anything outlandish. You could go with a simple square fold with a
white pocket square and that would look nice, look classic. Everyone’s got a little lapel
or a little pin here. If you don’t wear an American flag here, you’re obviously not American.
Yeah, that’s a joke. I like little things like that simply because when you find that
you’re behind closed doors or you’re going to be meeting with people outside when you’re
speaking, you’re going to need little conversation starters and something like that is always
a great little conversation starter. Last but not least, and this is not really
related to style, but make sure you’ve got plenty of business cards and that you collect
as many cards or people’s contacts. Again, you want to be going and meeting the people
around whoever it is you’re trying to influence because those people are going to have a greater
influence, are going to be more open to your message, are going to probably have more time,
and at the end of the day, are going to be the people that are probably going to make
things happen with what you’re trying to do. Best of luck to you and I’ll see you in the
next video. Bye-bye.

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8 thoughts on “How To Dress When Meeting A Politician – Dressing Sharp To Influence – Men’s Style Tips

  1. Great information Antonio, what's your take on 3 piece suits versus the 2 piece, i'm a young guy but i love the look of a 3 piece, it seems more professional to me

  2. @treemaker300 It's more formal, but I wouldn't say "more professional." Two-piece suits are just fine in any work environment. The three-piece makes them a little fancier, a little more formal, and these days a little more fun. I like the added versatility (can be worn with or without the vest), so go for it if you've got a good source!

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