Visual image breakers

Susana Tuya

Susana Tuya hails originaly from Peru. She is Director of La 'qua Image, which helps assist all different types of people to maximise their self-image potential.


Here's a quick list of visual miscues you need to look out for if you're serious about presenting a professional image. You want to look like a million bucks so you can make a million bucks? Make sure you don't get these basics wrong and you're on the front foot already...

Untidy hair
Tinted glasses or sunglasses indoors
Dirty or scuffed shoes
Ill fitting clothes
Poor grooming
Ties too long or too short
Inappropriate (I.e. 'humorous') ties
Belts too high or low
Cheap looking shoes
Straining or missing buttons
A battered briefcase
Sport socks with a suit
Funny socks
Short socks
Short sleeve shirts worn with ties
Out-of-date eyewear
Shirt pockets filled with paraphernalia
Stained ties
Looking flustered
Avoid bracelets, chains, fancy rings and earrings
Watch best if flat faced and of classic design with a gold, silver, or leather strap
Avoid tinted glasses
Braces should be in a neutral colour to complement the tie, jacket or shirt
Avoid clip-on suspenders
Simple, classic polished leather belts and plain buckles that are in good condition
Poor attempts to hide baldness
Colours that clash
Too many patterns in one outfit
Hair sticking out of anywhere
See through business shirts
Overstuffed pockets
Dirt or stains anywhere
Pants too short
Worn or pilled collars
Long sleeved shirts rolled above the elbow
Belts and braces worn at the same time
Hair emerging from shirt collar
Digital watches with a suit
Worn out belts
Short sleeves shirts worn with suit
Carrying too many things at once
See through white business shirts
Broken shoe laces
Shirt collars unbuttoned and ties loosened
Perspiration stains

This is an extract from the TAIC Men’s Style Portfolio for confident men available at La’qua Image - “the style & image experts”

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