Lately, it seems to me that many people have been “debating” what is the right way to dress to see a client – especially a new client. I have always defaulted to what I have termed “full battle dress”…or simply a suit, not a sport coat and slacks, etc. I think that people make a judgment call as soon as they meet us, and obviously a good impression is all important. I have stories from my “dot com” days of never wearing suits (and this was normal) and having clients tell me not to come to see them underdressed.
I still wonder some days when seeing a new client if I could get away with dressing casually, but I never really wanted to push the envelope and risk having a client think that I don’t take him or her seriously. In the summer when it is humid and the suit will just feel as if you are wearing a blanket, the more casual approach is very tantalizing! At the end of the day, however, I like wearing my suit, so I go that way and have not ever regretted it. For that matter, I make sure my shoes are shined and my shirt is always pressed….
What is your experience? Tell me what you think!
Good Selling (and dressing)!