Make a statement when making your first big pitch
Photography: Ian Engelbrecht | Styling: Akim Jardine
The outfit you wear to your pitch matters almost as much as your pitch does. Play it too safe and you may be mistaken for the finance guy. Wear an extravagant look and risk drowning the buoyant ideas and thoughts that you’re delivering. A put together look, that is measured without being overly mature, is key when you arrive and begin to speak. Here's how you win accounts and influence people without even opening your mouth.
Whether you need a second layer in case the aircon is way up or are heading out for drinks after work, make the denim jacket your go-to. Make sure it fits snug at the shoulders and ends right at your waist.
Your pants should never be taut or creased on the inner thigh. They need to allow you to move freely and contribute to a freer aesthetic, as well as afford you a style that’s easy on the eye.
You have a decision to make regarding your ankles: to show them or not to show them? We’d recommend going all the way with whichever option. If you opt to not show them, go for socks with a fun design. If you prefer to show them off, go sockless with a moccasin or loafer.
Wearing a nice shirt is the bread and butter of all the variants of formalwear – from tuxedos to school uniforms. Give your look an element of fun with a short-sleeved shirt that’s tucked into your trousers and folded slightly over your belt.
Closed shoes are a safe bet for this occasion. Tim Cook would fire himself if he ever set foot on a stage in a pair of flip flops, and boots are, to be frank, too intense. A pair of low-top kicks or moccasins worn with tapered pants and without socks would round off a fire look.