Trench Coats and Raincoats Run the Show

Some people love the cold and wet weathers simply because it allows them to dress up. Yes – during the rainy, windy, snowy weather, people can bring up their jackets, parkas, windbreakers, trench coats and raincoats. Not to mention the boots, the new set of bags, the scarves, the works!

It’s sometimes very tricky to wear raincoats and trench coats. Should they match your overall attire? In which case does it mean that you have to have a dozen trench coats and another dozen raincoats, just so you can have a fully complementing attire? Or are they independent of your other pieces of clothing? The answer will have to come from you, and it will depend on how concerned you are with your overall getup.

If you are attending a meeting where the other attendees will see you arrive, it might be a good idea to have at least a decent trench coat or raincoat to complement your attire. You may be sporting the sassiest corporate wardrobe, but if you wear a shabby coat, it might be the one thing other people will remember about you. After all, first impressions last, or so they say. So, if you have your stark white shirt with its complementary cufflinks and matching tie, and your well-ironed pants and shiny leather shoes, yet you arrive in your lunch meeting all soaked up in an old trench coat with its buttons barely hanging on, you might not make a good impression.

On the other hand, it is imperative that you wear some coat when it is pouring down and you are meeting some people, especially for business. Arriving with just a big umbrella might give them the impression that you don’t know how to plan well for the weather, and they might erroneously relate this to your business acumen (or lack of it). Remember that in the business world, first impressions do last. In fact, it is in the business world that this old adage is most true. So make sure that you leave your business colleagues with an impression that is impressive. You don’t want to be remembered as that “fellow who was soaking wet”, right?

In the corporate world, people can really be mean, and they will look for means and ways to fault you. Perhaps it is the competitive, dog-eat-dog nature of the business, or perhaps it is just man’s nature to somehow focus on the wrong, rather on the right. But whatever it may be, better not give them the chance to do so.

Therefore, it is most wise to invest on a good trench coat or rain coat. Only one good coat and you are set for life. You might have to spend a few hundred dollars on a good one, but it will pay off. Just like a good watch, or a good pair of cufflinks, a good trench coat stands the test of time and is often complementary to a lot of items on your wardrobe. A very wise investment, indeed!

BOLA TANGKAS

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