Having worked at Board level, I understand how the role of an Executive can a times be quite demanding as the responsibility of the Board is to focus on strategy and stakeholder interest.

In all seriousness of this responsibility, it is imperative that first impressions count, especially as – a recently appointed Board member; whist attending a Board strategy offsite or networking with Board members from other entities.

So you wonder, how should an executive dress to a Board meeting? A question often thought of prior to wearing the same black trouser or skirt suit to your next meeting.

In actuality, the average Executive is time poor and to avoid being a fashion faux pas, most Directors require the services of a stylist to advise on how to dress for numerous occasions they are invited to, within this prestigious role.

As a Board Member, it is a Director’s priority to create a great impression not just for themselves, but also for the organisation they represent. Also, to make effective decisions on behalf of organisations, a role of leadership is without a doubt accompanied by confidence and whilst decisions are being made, the Directors would need to instil confidence in the minds of the stakeholders on the positive direction the organisation is going. This confidence is not only interpreted via personality, knowledge and expertise, but also through conduct, composure and style.

Although executive style is dependent on numerous components such as body type, trends, seasons, the type of organisation you represent as well as the event the Board member is attending; our top 3 suggestions for choosing Board meeting attire are:

  • Seasonal Tones/Colours– Darker shades in autumn/ winter and lighter shades in spring/summer;
  • Feminine Touch – With the push for more diversity on Boards, though female Directors are in a prominently male dominated role, it is paramount a touch of femininity is added to your Boardroom attire;
  • Trends – Always incorporate a current trend where applicable to your Boardroom outfit. This could help relate to relevant stakeholders and portray you in a more approachable manner.