the suits

Whatever next. First, we have accountants (well, the male ones at any rate) admitting that they would not mind a date with Liz Hurley as well as a craving for little sports cars. Now, at least two of them have demonstrated that grey is not the only colour in their wardrobes by winning awards for their dress sense.

It certainly seems far removed from those rumours of leading accountancy firms sending new recruits dress guides that included such tips as "Try to avoid wearing checks and stripes together" and "Ensure that white socks are worn only for sports".

Tony Dowling, 26, and Laraine Morgan, 31, were judged Britain's best- dressed accountants in a contest organised by the financial recruitment specialists Robert Half in association with Mary Spillane of the image consultants CMB. And just to give them even more of an advantage over their colleagues, their prizes were several hundred pounds' worth of designer clothes.

Ms Spillane said the competition was tougher than one might have thought. "The accountants I met are keen to compete in the image stakes," she said. "They've finally woken up to the fact that how they dress and present themselves affects their career prospects and earning power."

Mr Dowling, a senior accountant at Dow Jones Telerate in London, accepted that he was bound to get his leg pulled about his success in the nationwide competition, but he added: "It's important the profession does more to promote itself by thinking more closely about how we're perceived by those around us."

Ms Morgan, a financial controller with Reed Travel Group, said: "Contrary to popular belief, appearance is an important aspect of the job. If you expect to bc treated as a professional, then you must dress like one."

The final word comes from Jeff Grout, managing director of Robert Half and something of a dapper chap himself: "We're all judged on how we look, and in today's competitive environment it's never been more important. You might be a star executive, but to a complete stranger you'll only come across as one if you look the part - and even in the most conservative professions there's scope for a little flair."

Not that things have changed all that much. Those who still have not caught on can obtain a list of 10 tips on dressing for success from Robert Half.


Independent Partners; Do you need financial advice on your investments, pension or insurance? Book a free consultation with an independent Financial Adviser at

Finacial products from our partners
Property search
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

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

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Money & Business

    Recruitment Genius: Digital Optimisation Executive - Marketing

    £30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The UK's fastest growing, multi...

    Recruitment Genius: Financial Reporting Manager

    £70000 - £90000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Financial Reporting Manager i...

    Recruitment Genius: Payments Operations Assistant

    £23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They win lots of awards for the...

    Recruitment Genius: Telephone Debt Negotiator

    £13500 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This nationwide enforcement com...

    Day In a Page

    Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

    Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

    Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
    Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

    The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

    Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
    Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

    The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

    Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
    The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

    The future of songwriting

    How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
    William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

    Recognition at long last

    Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
    Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

    Beating obesity

    The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
    9 best women's festival waterproofs

    Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

    These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
    Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

    Wiggins worried

    Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
    Liverpool close in on Milner signing

    Liverpool close in on Milner signing

    Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
    On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

    On your feet!

    Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
    With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

    The big NHS question

    Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
    Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

    Thongs ain't what they used to be

    Big knickers are back
    Thurston Moore interview

    Thurston Moore interview

    On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
    In full bloom

    In full bloom

    Floral print womenswear
    From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

    From leading man to Elephant Man

    Bradley Cooper is terrific