Northern Ireland’s business men have been advised to smarten up their look if they want to get ahead in their careers.
More than a third of UK recruiters have admitted turning someone down in a job interview because of the way they were dressed, according to a survey commissioned by the University of Kent and conducted by TheLadders.co.uk.
A host of other surveys have also revealed a bias toward the more sartorially savvy than those packing a portfolio of better qualifications.
And just as a recent academic study claimed the wrong colour of shoes can spoil your job prospects, an inferior suit can just as easily block your journey down your ideal career path.
Personal tailor, Patrick Cooper, proprietor of The Tailor Company, whose team visits clients at their own office premises or homes, says the cut of a suit is all-important when seeking to make a positive first impression.
“Like it or not, we live in a world where first impressions count and sadly it’s often style over substance that shapes people’s perceptions,” said Patrick, who hails from Derry/Londonderry.
“The way a suit is cut is such an important factor in the first impression you make.
“If you invest in a good suit you will reap the rewards. It will last longer and feel better.
“We can personalise it as much as you want by including your monogram in the lining, on the edge of the buttons or even on the cuffs. There’ll be no mistaking you for anyone but someone to respect and to be reckoned with.”
Trained by master tailors from the top style and fashion houses of Burberry and Holland & Sherry who supply Saville Row, Patrick cut his tailoring teeth with some of the world’s finest cloth merchants Scabel, Loro Piana and Zegna.
Patrick and his team offers over a thousand different fabrics, thereby presenting customers with a much greater choice than they can find in a typical high street retailer. His service operates in a range of places including Belfast, Derry, London, Scotland and many other locations.
You can find out more about Patrick’s business at www.thetailorcompany.com