We all know the statistics around first impressions. You’ve only got a matter of seconds before someone new will decide if you are friend or foe. Whilst it is impossible to please everyone, we’ve got a few style tips on how to dress to impress. Remember, you only get one shot to make a good first impression. So let us help you to get off on the right foot.

Thrill on a first date

First date first impression

There are quite a few factors to consider here. What activity will you be participating in, what will the weather be like and where are you going. Let’s say the first date is dinner and drinks at a casual restaurant on a spring evening. You want to look presentable, but not like you’re trying too hard. First dates can be nerve-wracking, so you want to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. As with all outfits, the most telling pieces are footwear and outerwear, so take extra care when choosing these. For effortless style try a simple shirt, herringbone trousers, a bomber jacket and a smart pair of trainers. These Barker Axel trainers are the epitome of smart casual, and they are ridiculously comfortable - perfect for a romantic evening stroll.  

Impress at the client meeting

client meeting first impression

There can be a lot of pressure when meeting a potential client or collaborator. You want to assert yourself but also adapt to your client’s culture. In general, you can’t go wrong with a business casual look. We’ve covered business casual in a previous blog post, check it out here. Stick with darker trousers and avoid jeans - as it is always better to over-dress slightly, even if you are meeting in a casual setting. A neutral coloured button-up shirt with a complimentary belt and smart casual pair of lace-ups is a winning look. We love these Anatomic & Co. Gel Delta shoes for such occasions. Choose these waxed leather finish men’s shoes in any one of 4 sophisticated colours to match any business casual outfit.

Charm at the formal eventformal event first impression

A black-tie event such as an awards ceremony or a gala is the prime occasion to let your shoes shine. We suggest investing in a pair of classic oxfords like these Barker Cheltenham oxfords. The hi-shine leather with refined stitched detail makes the perfect match for any tuxedo.

Nail the job interview

job interview first impression

When dressing for an interview your goal should not be to dress as formally as possible but to dress appropriately. Over-dressing slightly is generally a good rule of thumb, but overdoing can be just as bad as under-dressing as it might imply you wouldn’t be a good fit in the company culture. And of course, being underdressed makes you look like you’re not taking the interview seriously. Neither of these are impressions you want to give, so it’s essential that you find the right balance. Really consider the work environment, and the culture surrounding it. For example, formal attire will definitely be expected in a job interview in the financial industry. At a formal interview, choose a fitted navy or dark grey single-breasted suit with a simple muted tie. Match with black or dark brown shoes, such as these Moreschi Nice Oxfords.

Make the best first impression with Robinson's Shoes

The best way to get off on the right foot is to invest in appropriate footwear and the rest will follow. Check out our Men’s Shoes for every occasion to make sure you’re always prepared to make a good first impression.