What I Have Learned About How To Dress Yourself

Always Dress Up: How you dress not only affects how others see you, it affects your mindset as well. When I dress up for work, it puts me in the mindset of a professional ready to work, which helps me project that as the first impression others get.

The psychological effect runs deep; weekends where I don’t get out of my pajamas are days where I rarely leave the house. On the other hand, if I start the day dressed as if I were going out, it makes it much easier should I decide to do so.


Keep Your Shoes Shined: Scuffed shoes immediately dress you down. Conversely, a good pair of well-kept dress shoes almost always dress up an outfit.

Whether consciously or unconsciously it keeps you in the mindset of caring about how you look, which helps project that as part of your first impression. Dressing in business casual attire is something anyone can easily do; shining your shoes requires effort.

When I see someone wearing business casual, or even a suit, with scuffed shoes, it gives a negative first impression; however someone wearing jeans, a dress shirt and well-kept dress shoes gives a positive first impression, over and above the suit-and-scuffed-shoes.


Pick a Signature Style: Standing out a little never hurts. In this age of networking, anything that helps people remember you is a benefit; you need to stand out in peoples’ memory so you come to their mind more easily when they are looking for someone to fill a purpose.

It could be jazzy ties, or snazzy socks. It could be stylish hats, or unique belt buckles. Pick something that resonates with you and then run with it. I don’t like ties, and don’t care so much about shoes and socks, so belt buckles are my trademark.

Don’t get me wrong, it is far better to be remembered for your work and reputation, but this is easy to do, doesn’t hurt, and often makes a noticeable difference.


Have a Good Tailor: “Everyone looks good in a tuxedo.” Even rented tuxedos are tailored to fit properly when you get them. You will always look better when your clothes fit you properly.

Any time I get a new pair of dress pants or jeans, I take them to my tailor – I tried a few and stuck with the one I liked the best – not just to have the length corrected, but to adjust the waist, seat, and leg-taper to fit me properly. It inevitably looks like I spent a lot more than I actually did.

The better look and increased comfort from the tailored fit positively affects your mindset, which affects the first impression you project. Being confident about how you look is definitely a visible trait.


Never Neglect Comfort: This one is pretty simple: no matter how well dressed you are, if you are uncomfortable that will come across in your interactions with other people. This goes for visual comfort as well as physical.

You might fidget a lot, or be more irritable, or distracted, but regardless it has a negative impact on your mindset which detracts from the first impression you project.

Physical discomfort can sometimes be remedied by a trip to your tailor, or something as simple as wearing an undershirt. But always make sure you feel comfortable in what you are wearing. Unless it is Halloween.


The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: it is the combined effect of all of these that makes it solid. Picking one or two and ignoring the rest never works as well.

An Opinion on the Viability of the Rumored 12.9″ iPad

Apple is reportedly developing yet another tier in its iPad lineup – an iPad with a 12.9″ screen.

According to this MarketWatch article, many in the technology sector doubt the viability of such a product, citing the trend towards more portable devices such as the iPad Mini tablet or the Galaxy Note smartphone.

It is worth noting that there were also a lot of doubts about the viability of the iPad Mini when it was first a rumor, and even after it was confirmed and initial specs released. It turned out to be very viable. People who are almost exclusively content consumers find it large enough for practical consumption, and small enough to be much more portable and convenient than alternatives.

I find that with all of these devices, people tend to fall into primarily one of two categories: content consumers and content creators. These groups are not mutually exclusive, rather they are more a way of describing how a user predominantly interacts with their device.

Content consumers are by far the larger of the two groups, and prefer devices that are easily portable while still presenting content in a manner that is easy to digest. Content creators need more horsepower and screen real-estate. This is not to say they don’t want great portability as well, just that the requirements for content creation lower the importance of portability when buying decisions are made.

I personally use an iPad Air as while I mainly consume content, I do a lot of photo editing, something that is not practical on an iPad Mini. I still prefer to do the work on my 27″ iMac, but when I am mobile, using the iPad Air to download photos from my camera, edit them in a growing set of very sophisticated editing applications, and upload them to various photo gallery websites I use. (Primarily 500px and Instagram.)

The MarketWatch article also cites ‘niche markets’ as reasons why the device could be viable. Potential niche markets for a 12.9″ iPad could include medical imaging, GIS, photo editing, architecture, and any other arena where being able to see as much information as possible in the greatest detail as possible is highly important. These arenas involve large data.

And here is where the viability of such a device comes into question. As an example, I recently started listening to high definition music (such as that available at HDTracks, eClassical) on a portable DAP (digital audio player) which contains hardware capable of decoding and playing high definition audio at extremely high fidelity (analogous to a 12.9″ Retina display showing extremely high definition visual data).

I have found the following issues to be the greatest drawbacks, and my feeling at this time is that the iPad 12.9″ will suffer from the same:

  • Space: getting a reasonable amount of music on the device requires at least 64GB, if not 128GB. This increases the cost of the device.
  • Data transfer: it takes a lot longer to transfer all that data than a similar number of songs to an iPod.
  • Battery life: all the components necessary to power and play HD music with such high fidelity draw a lot of power.
  • Portability: there are many more audio components necessary for playing back HD music than are required in an iPod. Combine that with battery and storage requirements, and you wind up with a device that is difficult to treat as “pocketable”.
  • Cost: lots of space and a large battery in a ‘small’ chassis adds up to a high cost, even before you factor in the “high definition” components.

I find Apple to be amazingly resourceful in predicting actual or potential market trends, and managing to design around issues such as those I listed above. So if anyone can make a device like this work, it is Apple. But I don’t think it will be easy to accurately judge the feasibility of such a device until there is a release of initial specifications after a confirmation of development.