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Can I Go Professionally Casual

Dear guys,

I have an upcoming meeting with a corporate president of an international company this coming weekend in Geneva and wanted some reassurances that its okay to dress professionally casual to the meeting as it will be in the afternoon and the place is a respected public venue.

I wouldn't want to sent the wrong message as this meeting could turn out to be a major deal maker. Any thoughts on this?
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Dear guys,

I have an upcoming meeting with a corporate president of an international company this coming weekend in Geneva and wanted some reassurances that its okay to dress professionally casual to the meeting as it will on a weekend afternoon and the place is a respected public venue.

I wouldn't want to sent the wrong message as this meeting could turn out to be a major deal maker. Any thoughts on this?
As long as professionally causal means shirt, tie, sportscoat and slacks.
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As long as professionally causal means shirt, tie, sportscoat and slacks.
I was thinking all of the above except the tie and maybe sport a different colored sportscoat to the slacks..
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Re: Can I Go Professionally Casual

financial or not?
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Re: Can I Go Professionally Casual

I would say to keep the tie and stay smart as this is the first meeting.

Remember that first impressions always count, and you never get another chance,

I go to a lot of meetings and am surprised how a lot of people are more casually dressed now. The tie is often omitted.

Good luck
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I would say to keep the tie and stay smart as this is the first meeting.

Remember that first impressions always count, and you never get another chance,

I go to a lot of meetings and am surprised how a lot of people are more casually dressed now. The tie is often omitted.

Good luck
Thanks for your comments. This isn't actually the first meeting. We are doing a followup.

To Lob: It is a potential financial deal.

But I guess I'm better off playing it safe than trying factor in the kind of day we're meeting?
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Re: Can I Go Professionally Casual

I'm thinking that you can never be too smart. Suited and booted - you can always drop the tie.
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I would look sharp if I were you.
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Dear guys,

I have an upcoming meeting with a corporate president of an international company this coming weekend in Geneva and wanted some reassurances that its okay to dress professionally casual to the meeting as it will be in the afternoon and the place is a respected public venue.

I wouldn't want to sent the wrong message as this meeting could turn out to be a major deal maker. Any thoughts on this?
This meeting is work-related, as such you should wear the appropriate attire for work.

Do you see airline crews turning up in slacks and trainers just because they fly on a week-end?
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Re: Can I Go Professionally Casual

As this corporate president is probably leaving his office to meet you off site then he will most likely be in a suit and tie. of course you should definitely dress the same.
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Re: Can I Go Professionally Casual

IMO its never a bad thing to be overdressed. However the reverse can have a negative effect. Dress to impress son. The right clothes send the right message
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Dear guys,

I have an upcoming meeting with a corporate president of an international company this coming weekend in Geneva and wanted some reassurances that its okay to dress professionally casual to the meeting as it will be in the afternoon and the place is a respected public venue.

I wouldn't want to sent the wrong message as this meeting could turn out to be a major deal maker. Any thoughts on this?
Since you are in doubt you should err to the side of caution. As it's the weekend I think a suit would be OTT, but I would go for smart jacket and trousers, with tie.

Daniel
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Re: Can I Go Professionally Casual

I see plenty of suit and tie folks walking around on Saturdays. I have yet to feel over dressed in Switzerland. As a few have mentioned, you can always loose the tie.

Good luck!
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Is that "lose" or "noose" the tie, or does that depend on how the interview went ?

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Re: Can I Go Professionally Casual

Suited and booted.
Matching jacket and trousers, of course.
Sober, sensible colours (includes tie).
Plain shirt/pattern tie or vice versa.
Plain shirt if heavy stripe on suit.
Black socks and shoes.

Your call. Do you want the deal?

No pink shirts, no homer simpson ties, no check patterns, no brown shoes.

Jeans and shoes generally look bad together. Jackets with jeans are worse.
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Jeans and shoes generally look bad together. Jackets with jeans are worse.
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No pink shirts, no homer simpson ties, no check patterns, no brown shoes.
Unless you're Italian, of course.
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Mostly good advice with the exception of avoiding pink shirts. Pink is easy to match, fashionable and can lift an otherwise lifeless corporate combination. T M Lewin and Thomas Pink have many good examples.

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Suited and booted.
Matching jacket and trousers, of course.
Sober, sensible colours (includes tie).
Plain shirt/pattern tie or vice versa.
Plain shirt if heavy stripe on suit.
Black socks and shoes.

Your call. Do you want the deal?

No pink shirts, no homer simpson ties, no check patterns, no brown shoes.

Jeans and shoes generally look bad together. Jackets with jeans are worse.
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Is that "lose" or "noose" the tie, or does that depend on how the interview went ?

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Re: Can I Go Professionally Casual

I think you should dress formally. Dressing up shows you are interested and you're making an effort.

I cannot imagine a deal breaking because someone overdressed, however I can imagine a deal breaking because someone was underdressed.

Why risk it?

Glad it went well, fingers crossed.
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