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Dress for Success is a book by John T. Molloy about the effect of clothing on a person's success in business and personal life. It was a bestseller and was. My husband and I had read John Molloy's "Dress for Success" books for men and women in the '80's and the information is still valid for even today. It's based on. Dress for Success Mass Market Paperback – October 3, John T. Molloy's New Dress for Success. Although specific cuts and patterns of clothing have gone out of style his research is still very relevant and his advice is like nothing else I have found.


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The suit is the single most important garment that every man wears - and not only because it is the most expensive and requires the greatest amount of time for selection and fitting. It is the garment on which most people judge the wearer's status, character, and ability. And because it covers the upper torso, which is the focal point of most people with whom we communicate, it is the central power garment - the garment that establishes our position as inferior, equal, or superior in any in-person business situation.

Pants are always fitted from the top down, and the first area of fit you must check is the waist. The proper position for a man's pants waist is slightly above the navel, and exactly horizontal to the ground, all the way around.

If the waist is too high or too low and cannot be corrected, take off the pants and do not buy the suit. Assuming that the height of the waist is correct, then it should be neither too loose nor too tight. It is too loose if it slips at all when you move. It is too tight if you cannot comfortably slip the flat of your hand in and out.

The seat area should be smooth and comfortable when sitting and standing. If the crotch is too big, have that area pinned also. The final aspect of pants fit is the length. The decision of whether to finish the bottoms with turned up cuffs or plain bottoms is yours.

If you prefer plain bottoms, they should break in front and be one-half to three-quarters of an inch longer in the back. If you wear cuffs, it is usually best if they are tailored so they hang exactly horizontal to the ground and there are no wrinkles or bulges when the cuff is made.

If the suit has a vest, it must also be fitted and pinned. A vest should fit smoothly, with no pulling or sagging when sitting or standing.

The armholes should be open enough for comfort but not sag. The back should have no wrinkles and not ride up during normal activity. When you put on the suit jacket, the first and most important aspect is how it feels.

I don't care how it looks, if it does not feel perfectly comfortable sitting, standing and moving around, then don't buy it. As with the pants, the fit of the jacket begins at the top, at the neck. Look at the neck area carefully; if it does not fit absolutely flat, with no wrinkles or bulges, tell the fitter to fix it.

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The jacket must next fit around the chest and waist. If you have a thin waist, your jacket should be a bit more tightly fitted than if you are heavy. The reason is that when you sit, the jacket will tend to bulge if you have a bit of a stomach; but it won't if you don't. Sit down with the jacket buttoned and see how it looks. If it pulls noticeably, have it adjusted.

Now curl your fingers under the bottom of the jacket. If the bottom just fits into the curl, it is correct. The tip of the jacket sleeves should come approximately five inches off the top of the thumb, never more than five and one-half. Now for the second fitting: When you return, allow yourself enough time - take enough time - to see that it fits absolutely correctly. The difference between a good fit and a bad fit is very often the second fitting, and too many simply ignore this point. Insist on it even if causes long faces and the suit is carefully wrapped up and ready to go.

When you go back, the procedure is exactly the same as before.

You're paying for a suit that fits - so get it. The best material a suit can be made of is wool. Wool takes dyes better than any other fabric. It doesn't snag; it fits well; it doesn't lose its shape; it is resilient; it lays better on the body; in winter it is warmer; and it outlasts any other fabric. The second best suit fabric is the polyester and wool blend. The fact is that nine out of every ten good business suits are made from wool or wool blends, and most men would do just as well if they never wore anything else.

The proper colors for a gentleman's suit are blue, gray, and beige, and shades thereof. Browns and blacks are sometimes acceptable, but because of the many times when they are not, I would suggest that most men avoid them. Suit patterns are relatively simple.

Solid suits, the staple of every man's wardrobe, should look rich and soft if they are standard business suits. Two types of stripe are acceptable in men's business suiting. The first is the pinstripe, and it is a very narrow vertical stripe.

The greatest majority of these have white or blue stripes, and although other colors are acceptable, white is by far the most sophisticated. Chalk stripes are wider than pinstripes, generally about one-eight of an inch, and they are very tricky. A chalk stripe can label you as a Wall Street executive or a Chicago gangster.

If a chalk stripe looks gaudy, don't buy it. Several types of plaid are acceptable. The first is the almost invisible plaid. There's a plaid there, but you must look carefully to see it.

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The suit is usually of a dark color, with the pattern woven in threads of slightly lighter or slightly darker shades of the same color. This suit is always acceptable. Because the suit is the central power garment in any business combination, it is the garment that will most influence any viewer's stereotyped judgment of the wearer.

The darker the suit, the more authority it transmits. The most authoritative pattern is the pinstripe, followed in descending order by the solid, the chalk stripe and the plaid.

Forty years later, is the advice in ‘Dress for Success’ old hat?

If you need to be more authoritative, stick with the dark pinstripe. Suits that will give you the most credibility with people of the upper-middle class are dark blue and dark gray solids, and pinstripes in both colors.

The following table is a summary of the information on pages 52 to The following data was based on 15 years of research involving over 15, businessmen in all phases of business. It is NOT just the simple opinion of the author. The most common material.

Unfortunately, cotton wrinkles like hell when you're wearing it. The next most popular material for shirts are the polyester and cotton blends usually 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton, although there are variations. Polyester and cotton shirts are those usually referred to as "wash-and-wear," and while they cannot simply be washed and put on with no ironing at all, they do require only a minimum amount, just a touch-up, to look fine.

The polyester and cotton wrinkle hardly at all, and after long hours of wear look better than cotton. For most men. A growing number of dress shirts are knits. The disadvantage are that knits snag badly. They also always look like knits, and should be generally avoided for that reason. Silk very rarely has an acceptable look for business purposes. If the laundry doesn't ruin it on the first try, they will on the second. The first area where a shirt should fit is around the waist.

The shirt should be smooth all the way around, with no bagginess or bunching of material anywhere, but still loose enough to allow comfortable movement and to allow you to sit down without having the material pulling at the buttons. The second area of fit is the length. A shirt should be long enough that it does not pull out of your pants during normal activity.

When you buy a shirt, check the length, and when you find a comfortable one, stick with that brand and cut. Make sure the bottom button falls at least three-inches below the waistband of your pants. The third area of fit is the collar. This is the most crucial place, and also where most men are wearing the wrong size. They had it right a year ago, but they've put on fifteen or so pounds, and now that size is too tight.

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The problem often is that it may not feel too tight, but it looks it. Usually middle-aged men wear their collars too tightly and men in their fifties, who are beginning to lose weight and get a few wrinkles in their necks, tend to wear them too loosely.

Shirt sleeves are measured from a point midway between the shoulders down to the wrists. The end of a shirt sleeve should come just a fraction below the wrist bone, and should extend about one-half inch below your suit jacket sleeve. Unfortunately, cotton wrinkles like hell when you're wearing it. Polyester and cotton shirts are those usually referred to as "wash-and-wear," and while they cannot simply be washed and put on with no ironing at all, they do require only a minimum amount, just a touch-up, to look fine.

The polyester and cotton wrinkle hardly at all, and after long hours of wear look better than cotton. For most men. The disadvantage are that knits snag badly. They also always look like knits, and should be generally avoided for that reason. If the laundry doesn't ruin it on the first try, they will on the second. The shirt should be smooth all the way around, with no bagginess or bunching of material anywhere, but still loose enough to allow comfortable movement and to allow you to sit down without having the material pulling at the buttons.

A shirt should be long enough that it does not pull out of your pants during normal activity. When you buy a shirt, check the length, and when you find a comfortable one, stick with that brand and cut. Make sure the bottom button falls at least three-inches below the waistband of your pants. This is the most crucial place, and also where most men are wearing the wrong size. They had it right a year ago, but they've put on fifteen or so pounds, and now that size is too tight.

The problem often is that it may not feel too tight, but it looks it. Usually middle-aged men wear their collars too tightly and men in their fifties, who are beginning to lose weight and get a few wrinkles in their necks, tend to wear them too loosely. The end of a shirt sleeve should come just a fraction below the wrist bone, and should extend about one-half inch below your suit jacket sleeve. When properly color-coordinated or contrasted, solids go with every suit and every tie made. Of the solids, blue is the most popular, followed by the other pastels, the paler the better.

A gaudy, loud yellow is not a good business shirt, but a pale pastel yellow is. Never wear a solid red shirt, no matter who you are or what you do; it's just never acceptable.

If you have a shallow complexion, you should avoid any shades of gold, green, or gray, which generally do not enhance anyone's facial coloration.

These are the end-on-end weave and the Oxford cloth, and both are not only highly acceptable shirts, they also add a richness, texture and variety to the solid look. The stripes may range from the very thin pinstripe to as wide as one-sixteenth of an inch.

Generally, the closer the stripes are to each other, the more acceptable the shirt. The stripe can be of any color that coordinates or contrasts with the suit, as long as it is on a white background.

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The stripes should always be a single color, on a single color background. Basically, the multi-colored stripe projects a lower-middle class association in most people. Short sleeve shirts are symbols of the lower-middle-class, and therefore pack no psychological authority or power.Not offensive at all. No trivia or quizzes yet. The tone the author takes and the seriousness with which he treats his topic had me laughing my ass off, repeatedly.

Most read on BostonGlobe. Very young men who wear pocket handkerchiefs tend to look affected. This was required reading for paralegal school and I'm SO glad it was!!

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