Independent Graduate: `Dress for Success' with the `Independent Graduate' and the Menswear Council

He's the Menswear council's Best Dressed Businessman this year. He's also chairman of both the Belgo group and of Pizza Express. But what's his name? Read on and answer our competition question. There are two suit and tie combos, and 18 more ties to be won by runners-up

YOU CAN win one of two new Jeff Banks Studio suits, worth pounds 190 each, and one of 20 ties from Frank Theak & Roskilly worth pounds 40 each, to help you dress for your career success.

The Independent has teamed up with the Menswear Council to help you "Dress for Success", and they offer you the chance to enter our menswear competition.

First some advice from the Menswear Council that should help you on your first important steps up the career ladder and could help you dress for success like Luke Johnson, the winner of the Menswear Council's1999 Best Dressed Businessman Award

Looking the Business

Too rarely the advice that's given for interviews is missing the vital ingredient - what you look like. The old adage about interviews being decided in the first 30 seconds is true.

Your CV may have got you the interview, but those first impressions of how you present yourself, will determine whether you are in or out of the running. The aim at any interview has to be to look confident and relaxed. Good dressing can help you appear so. But this cannot happen just by magic.

Think about it at the last minute, throw on the standard interview garb and you will look a mess and feel uncomfortable. Plan ahead. Find out the dress culture of your target company - are they corporate city types or more relaxed Euro execs? What needs cleaning, pressing or polishing? And does your outfit co-ordinate?

Finally try everything on before the day of the interview - make sure it fits, is comfortable and that you look good.

The "Dress for Success: campaign is dedicated to helping men improve their dressing skills, so they can achieve success, both in the workplace and socially. Looking good for work or an interview should be a key part of your investment plan, not an afterthought.

It is crucial to your career.

Interview Dressing Tips

n Look the part - know the company's dress culture.

n Plan ahead - make sure everything fits well, test the comfort factor.

n Invest in quality - it looks better, feels better and lasts longer.

n Buy a classic cut and colour. Style it with different tie and shirt combinations.

n Single-breasted suits are more a adaptable.

n Have things altered to fit: made-to-measure would be the ultimate.

n Don't get stuck in a style rut, look at the new season's colours and styles.

n Don't be upstaged by your clothes, avoid bold checks and too many patterns together.

n Ties: try a wider knot like the half-Windsor. The tip of your tie should reach the top of your belt.

n Accessories can lift a less expensive suit. Buy good quality belts, cufflinks, shoes etc.

n Make sure everything is clean and pressed.

n Have a hair cut and a manicure. Go smooth or get your beard trimmed.

Menswear Council Dress for Success competition

Who was the winner of the Menswear Council's 1999 Best Dressed Businessman Award?

n 1) Luke Skywalker

n 2) Paul Johnson

n 3) Luke Johnson

All you have to do now, is send your answer with your name, address and daytime phone number on a postcard to The Independent/Dress for Success Competition, 17th Floor, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5DL, by Friday, 20 April 1999.

The first two correct entries will win a Jeff Banks Studio suit and a Frank Theak & Roskilly tie. The next 18 runners-up pulled out of the hat will each win a Frank Theak & Roskilly tie.

All winners will be notified by Friday, 27 April 1999.

Voices
On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
scotland decidesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping First Minister up at night?
Arts and Entertainment
Rosalind Buckland, the inspiration for Cider with Rosie died this week
booksBut what is it like to be the person who inspires a classic work of art?
Life and Style
techApple has just launched its latest mobile operating software – so what should you do first?
News
A male driver reverses his Vauxhall Astra from a tow truck
newsThe 'extremely dangerous' attempt to avoid being impounded has been heavily criticised
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Arts and Entertainment
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
filmSo what makes the little man tick?
Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: An undercooked end (spoiler alert)
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding
musicThe singer said 'the last thing I want to do is degrade'
Sport
Cesc Fabregas celebrates his first Chelsea goal
footballChelsea vs Schalke match report
Arts and Entertainment
Toby Jones (left) and Mackenzie Crook in BBC4’s new comedy The Detectorists
tvMackenzie Crook's 'Detectorists' makes the hobby look 'dysfunctional', they say
Life and Style
fashion

Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas

News
i100
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Maths Teacher

    £110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...

    Maths Teacher

    £90 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Science Teacher (mater...

    Maths Teacher

    £110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for an ...

    Maths Teacher

    £22000 - £37000 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: A West Yorkshire School i...

    Day In a Page

    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    The Imitation Game, film review
    England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

    England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

    Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week