Describe your look: The “let’s go have a drink on Viernes Social and transition to a night out after work” look. Wow, that is a mouthful.
What do you consider a “fashion don’t?”
- The “I’m so casual, I want to look like I’m heading to the beach” look. I’m all about expression through wardrobe, but beachwear (board shorts, flip flops, etc.) and real estate shouldn’t and don’t mix.
- The “untucked – I’m too coo’ ” look is really not appropriate either. My younger team members say I’m getting old as my shirts are always tucked in.
- The “I can’t breathe in this fitted shirt” look is definitely a don’t.
What is your favorite piece of clothing and why? A nice fitted jacket. It can be used to dress up or down at a moment’s notice without much ado.
What do you consider a must-have accessory? A timepiece. This is essential to finish any look, no matter what look it is. Also, cologne – you must smell good.
Where are your favorite places to shop? I’m realizing more and more that I do a lot of my shopping online. When I’m not shopping online, I like to go to places that offer a variety of shops so I can compare the looks. This is a very politically correct answer – no name brands. Now, if an acquisitions manager is reading this and they want to lease a space for X store, I’m your guy!
What, besides your wardrobe, completes your look? Sunglasses, timepiece, cologne and a smile. I have a collection of timepieces, colognes, and sunglasses that could rival anyone. My smile collection is understaffed, as I only have one or two.
What is in your bag/briefcase? I have everything in my bag: pens, dry erase markers, jumbo paper clips (always jumbo), highlighter, two books – (“The Sell” and “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”), business cards, gum and rubber bands. I guess I’m a modern-day office supply store on the go. My laptop and charger are in there, too.
My closet is full of…Clothes. I have a hard time getting rid of things. When you come from nothing, you tend to treasure everything! I’ve never been accused of being a minimalist with my closet.
What is your style advice for other people in the industry?
- Dress the part by being clean, fitted (make sure you can breathe), simple and pressed.
- As a former high school teacher, I really never had a chance to dress up, as the job demanded a different wardrobe. In the business setting, and more so in sales, it is important that you dress so that the focus is on your skillset and knowledge of the product. We sell lifestyles, so definitely dress the part.
- Stay classy, always.
- Be yourself, even in your wardrobe. You can always add a touch of personality, such as a bowtie or a splash of color.
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