As mentioned in my last post, I have a “coffee meeting” scheduled next week with a small marketing firm. I’m really excited about the opportunity. I’ve begun doing some web research on the company and their clients. They are located in an emerging section of the city, and (through a friend) I’m contacting someone from the neighborhood to learn more about prospective clients they might reach.
As I was talking to my friend, I casually raised the question of what I might wear to the meeting. I want to communicate the right message both in what I say and in how I appear. I have a number of options.
If I go with my experience, I might wear this –
Actually, my robe is royal blue with vertical velvet borders and I have some very vividly-colored Guatemalan stoles that accentuate the look. But I don’t think this artistic flair would do enough to off-set the garb.
If I want to pursue the artistic angle, I could go with this –
It would certainly allow for the breeze to keep me cool should we continue to experience the summer heat. I would have to track down a straw hat, but I’ve got the pajama bottoms covered. But, I don’t exactly have Pablo’s physique (he was ripped for an old man).
Since this is a “coffee meeting”, I could wear what I see people wearing at the local café –
The only thing in this look I lack is a pair of Chuck Taylor’s (and I need a new pair of shoes, anyway). The advantage I see here is that I could save morning prep time by not having to shave (and even sleeping in my clothes).
My gut tells me to go old-school and dress my best. Something like –