Be dressed in a certain way makes a big difference in the career of a restaurant manager. Here are the tips for improving your look.
Whether you are man or woman, having the appropriate business outfit is crucial to be an effective restaurant manager. The way you dress on the workplace represent, not only you, but the whole restaurant. And since the image we convey is generally based on the first impression that is formed in only 7 seconds, taking great care over the restaurant manager attire is crucial. You should decide the message you want to convey rather than letting others to do it for you.
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman. Coco Chanel
Before looking into your wardrobe, the recommended first step is to ensure always a great care of your personal hygiene (skin, hair, teeth, nails, beard, etc.). You should identify a specific scent, haircut and, for women, a special makeup that, taken together, will become your trademark.
Let’s see the things to consider to improve the male and female restaurant manager attire.
Restaurant manager attire: What you should know
Can you tell a book by the cover? Absolutely YES, especially in the restaurant business. Your customers are always ready to misjudge you by appearances. Unless you don’t work for a chain of restaurants where there is a specific dress code and you are asked to wear a uniform, the following are the tips to follow to dress like a successful manager.
Business attire should be as professional as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to go to a Valentino Italian boutique and fill your wardrobe with suits, ties, or tailleurs. In fact, your outfits must reflect the brand identity of your restaurant. But even in family-run businesses and small restaurants wearing at least a shirt to let others know “you are the boss” is essential.
For men, unmatched jacket and trousers or three-quarter-length sleeves shirt and trousers are recommended in informal restaurants. While a suit with a classic tie or bow tie in elegant places should be the appropriate attire. Use polished leather shoes.
For all aspiring forketers women, the best restaurant manager outfit in refined places is a knee-length skirted suit or pants with a 4 inch heels. In informal eateries, unmatched pants and jacket may be fine. Makeup should be restrained in any context.
Don’t dress like a clown, or choose bright coloured clothing. It will give a negative picture of you among customers and employees. Better to focus on a more classic look, and pick colors like black, blue and grey.
Regarding tie’s colors, you can’t go wrong with the classic blue, grey and red. Plain white or sky-blue shirts both for men and women are advisable.
You may go for pinstripes when are thin and widely spaced. Thick stripes closer together may be trendy but not appropriate.
While for men having a short and well combed hair in more easy and natural, for women things get complicated. Have you noticed that most of the career women show off short haircuts, or a length which does not exceed the line of the shoulders? It’s not a casuality. Whether it’s women involved in politics, or who play a role as a manager it will be difficult to see them with long hair.
This is a controversial point in the world of restaurant manager attire. On the website Thecareerist.com, read by many managers and entrepreneurs from the finance and business world, appeared an article entitled “Too Old For That Joni Mitchell look.” According to the author, women who have reached 40 years (and more), and have a career on the rise, should never let their hair exceed the line of shoulder length
That’s because short hair convey a more professional image than the long ones. Moreover, in the restaurant business, you should take into consideration even the hygiene factor. In fact, the short hair tend to stream less, and therefore reduce the risk to end up in the customer’s’ dish.
Finally, I suggest you to learn even about the 20 things managers should avoid when dressing to make your look a powerful marketing tool.
And you? What are your favourite manager clothings? Classic or casual? Use the comment box below to share you opinion with us.