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5 ways to keep it simple and dress for success

By Fiona Anchal
09 November 2016 | 1 minute read
5 ways to keep it simple and dress for success

The way we dress in the real estate industry, says a lot about our level of professionalism and service offerings.

Putting on a great suit or quality shirt can be transformative. Your shoulders are broadened, you look leaner, taller. When you look great, you feel great. That’s assuming you’ve put together a well-tailored ensemble. First impressions count and keeping up with today’s fashion trends can be exhausting.

There is something to be said about keeping it simple. Crisp lines, solid colours, well-tailored flattering styles and zero trimmings. We’re not saying never do patterns or flamboyant prints for the office – we love them too – but there is something very elegant about a minimalist approach and it can work very well. It’s not plain, it’s not basic, it’s simply a different approach to corporate dressing.

How do you keep it simple without being basic and boring?


  1. A classic white or powder blue shirt is your wardrobe staple. It should be well-pressed (especially the collar), tailored to the body, long sleeves with either a classic button cuff or French cuff and tucked in neatly. A slightly textured fabric is preferable. However, if you are going for plain, make sure you choose a fabric with some sheen and one that is not transparent.
  2. A classic suit is an absolute must. While there is a place for the flamboyant check or pinstripe suit, the classic suit is always in fashion. Opt for black, navy or charcoal. Make sure the shoulders fit and are not hugging too high, your sleeve length is sitting at your wrist and your trousers are well-tailored and not showing off your ‘colourful’ socks.
  3. For a casual work option, invest in a good quality pair of cotton chinos. A well-tailored slim chino trouser worn with a plain polo shirt or business shirt is a simple approach to the work wardrobe.
  4. Colourful trainers and funky boots have their place. To keep it simple, add to your shoe robe a classic pair of black or brown leather dress shoes.
  5. Spend some time putting together a tie collection you can mix and match with your business shirt staples. Keeping in mind the ‘keep it simple’ rule, source a range of ties that are a solid colour (navy or light blue is great), then add a few subtle patterns (classic dots, fine diagonal stripes). The tone on tone look is such a winning combination – a navy suit, classic power blue shirt worn back with a silk tie in the same tone as the shirt. You can’t go wrong.


  1. A classic white corporate shirt or blouse is your wardrobe staple. If choosing a collared business shirt, ensure the garment follows your silhouette and flatters your shape. A blouse can be worn loose and made from a soft-flowing fabric such as viscose or chiffon.
  2. The little black dress is an absolute must. Worn with an elegant heel and simple accessories, this look is the ultimate in simple chic.
  3. Suiting for women has changed over the years and many have moved away from the traditional cut suit. However, this style of suiting is very flattering. You can still introduce the unconventional suit but keep them in solid classic colours such as navy, black or even off-white.
  4. Classic earrings and necklaces are the best way to add a little something to a simple corporate outfit. A pearl combination, classic silver loops or studs or gold if that’s your preference.
  5. The simple approach to shoes doesn’t mean you have to stick to black. Inject some colour with red or hot pink pumps. Choose either matte leather, patent or even a snake skin. Make sure the style is classic, either pointed or rounded toe. Preferably not peep toe if you are seeking the classic corporate look.
5 ways to keep it simple and dress for success
fiona anchal
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