How to Dress as a Young CEO: Use Style To Improve Your Professional Brand

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Upgrading how you dress as a young CEO can have a huge impact on your professional brand.

But, figuring out what to wear isn’t always straightforward.

In this blog post, we’re going to show you how to take advantage of your wardrobe and styling to create a professional edge. Plus, you’ll see real-life examples of young CEOs and what they’re wearing.

How To Dress as a Young CEO: The Power Suit

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At Next Level Wardrobe, we recommend that our young professional clients follow The Next Level Wardrobe Style System™.

This system focuses on:
1. Basics
2. Core colors
3. Fit

If you can follow this system, you’ll be on the right path to enhancing your professional brand.

So which basics should you invest in?

One of the most important basics for a young CEO is a high-quality suit.

A suit will give you more authority, presence, and a boost of confidence.

In our style system for young CEO leaders, we recommend that you start with a suit in a core color (navy, grey, white, or black).

By focusing on core colors, our clients have a versatile suit that can easily be mixed and matched with the rest of their closet.

As you develop your CEO style, you can add in a patterned suit too. The suit Emma Grede, CEO of Good American, wears in the photo above is a great example of a powerful and professional patterned suit.

To get this executive closet essential, try brands like Theory and Hugo Boss. Among Silicon Valley executives, Brunello Cucinelli and Loro Piana are popular suit designers.

Regardless of the brand you choose, make sure to have your suit tailored because most clothes aren’t meant to fit you off the rack.

Casual Executive Attire: Perfect Fitting Jeans

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As a young CEO, casual clothing like a great-fitting pair of jeans is a closet staple.

However, you should always take into consideration your office dress code and your professional brand.

In our Image Consulting Services, we help you analyze your career goals to create a professional image that works for you.

If you can wear jeans to the office, avoid any styles with excessive distressing or fading. For casual CEO attire, you should look for a pair of dark wash jeans like the ones below.

This style of jeans will make you look more put-together.

To find the perfect pair for you, don’t be afraid to try on multiple brands. Try AG Jeans and All Saints to start. Nordstrom also has a great selection of brands

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A Leadership Essential: Investment Outerwear

To dress as a young CEO, outerwear is crucial because it can bring your entire look together.

This is one of my favorite closet essentials because it can make such a difference in your outfit.

When choosing your outerwear piece, you should be mindful of the climate you live in. If you live in New York, you can invest in heavier outerwear while someone in California will need lighter pieces.

For example, in our NYC CEO style system, a structured jacket is a must-have. In a more moderate climate, a minimalist leather jacket is a good choice.

Brands like Loro Piana and Max Mara are luxury outerwear favorites among tech executives and others in the public eye. For leather jackets, check out Reiss.

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To dress as a young CEO, focus on structured essentials in core colors that give you authority, power, and confidence.

The impact of the Next Level Wardrobe Style System™ is huge. Here’s what our client Stef had to say:

“Working with Cassandra was one of the best investments I’ve made in a while. She was able to help me completely overhaul my wardrobe without the guilt…Now I can say that every piece I have, I love and there are so many different options for me to mix and match that I feel great in. I love her system and it will be the foundation for years to come. I plan to continue working with her to build out my fall/winter wardrobe and beyond.”

To create a wardrobe that takes your professional brand to the next level, check out our Executive Image Consulting for Men and Women.

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Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals. Cassandra’s been featured in Greatist, Livestrong and NY Mag.


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