From socks to suits, the gentleman’s guide to power dressing

From bright socks and bold ties to the classic pinstripe suit, here’s how to make an impact at your next meeting with just a few key changes to your wardrobe

First impressions count. You may not like to hear it, but the fact of the matter is that they do. So, if you need to seriously impress in your next client meeting, or are just gunning for an internal promotion, it’s time to put your best foot forward and dress for the occasion.

Power dressing is a skill. But, to achieve sartorial dominance in the boardroom, we’ve found some simple changes that will take you to the next level of office attire. Start thinking big, bold and bombastic — and you’ll be a well-tailored tycoon in no time.

Break up your outfit with a bold tie

Reddish colours have been proved to be an extremely powerful psychological tool. Conveying power, strength and energy, a boldly warm-coloured tie is a vital part of your power dressing ensemble.

We love these choices from Hermes and Emma Willis, perfect for those looking to exude control without coming across as overpowering. Or, if you’re looking for something with a little more lapel-grabbing punch, opt for this bold red option from Turnbull & Asser.

From socks to suits, the gentleman’s guide to power dressing

Emma Willis Pink Cashmere Tie

£140

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Turnbull & Asser Red Plain Satin Tie

£135

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More is more when it comes to double breasted jackets

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; double-breasted is a daring look, but one ideal for any man who’s out to impress. And this classic sartorial statement will never go out of fashion — whether you’re donning your double breasted jacket in the boardroom or aboard your yacht.

This option from Turnbull & Asser has a serious just-off-the-boat feel thanks to its metallic buttons and smart navy colour. Or go for this business-ready twill blazer from Richard James. Alternatively, take your tailoring to the next level and widen those lapels even further for an extra power push with a bespoke option from Thom Sweeney.

From socks to suits, the gentleman’s guide to power dressing

Thom Sweeney Double Breasted Twill Jacket

£1395

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Richard James Ribbed Wool-Blend Blazer

£975

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Turnbull & Asser Double-Breasted Blazer

£995

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Pull on a statement with bright socks

Socks may not be your first thought when it comes to power dressing, but the devil really is in the details when it comes to this sort of thing. Your socks are usually off the radar; hidden and bought in a bland, forgettable colour. But embolden things with a bright, block hue and that flash of colour will scream that you mean business.

The London Sock Co have been creating fantastic socks for six years now, and these ‘East India’ socks in saffron are perfect for turning heads. Alternatively, the red of these Pantherella socks is a deep, eye catching tone, and Oliver Spencer’s ‘Miller’ options offer a mean green feel.

From socks to suits, the gentleman’s guide to power dressing

Oliver Spencer ‘Miller’ Socks

£19

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Pantherella ‘Laburnum’ Socks

£16.50

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London Sock Co. ‘East India’ Socks

£12

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Sharpen up with a pinstripe suit

They’re not just for bankers anymore. In fact, the bombastic pinstripe is the epitome of power dressing in all its forms. Those thin white stripes may be subtle, but they elevate the plain navy suit to another level of class and confidence you usually can’t find on the rack.

The streamlined silhouette of this suit from Ralph Lauren is amplified through its pinstripes. Or, for an grey twist on sartorial proceedings, this striped jacket from Reiss offers pomp and style in equal measure. And again, if you want to take things one step further, go for lavish luxury with Sid Mashburn.

From socks to suits, the gentleman’s guide to power dressing

Ralph Lauren Pinstripe Twill Suit

£695

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Reiss Pinstripe Wool Flannel Blazer

£298

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Sid Mashburn Pinstriped Wool Suit

£1440

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Don’t dial things back when it comes to watches

The final piece of any powerful outfit is the timepiece. Not only is it practical, and keeping you on time for any important meetings you may have, but it will also tell the world that you mean business and enjoy the finer things in life. To this end, opt for something Swiss-made — and you won’t go far wrong.

We’d always recommend the Golden Ellipse from Patek Philippe. With its oval shape and simple dial, the watch is a pared-back beauty. Or opt for the art deco styling of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s classic Reverso. Our final recommendation? Glashütte Original‘s vintage-tinged Seventies Panorama Date.

From socks to suits, the gentleman’s guide to power dressing

Patek Philippe Golden Eilipse

£42990

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

£8850

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Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date

£7600

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