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How to Look like an Accountant

When it comes to our personal, or professional, finances, we’re understandably deeply invested. (Get it?) After all, money makes the world go ‘round, and it’s hard enough by, let alone thrive, without making poor decisions regarding our hard earned cash. Therefore, we tend to be err on the side of caution when it comes to our money. And, for good reason. There are a lot of forces all vying for your money in one form or another. That’s why we tend to hire professionals to help us make smarter decisions regarding our funds, despite the fact that they, too, are just trying to get paid. Accountants tend to be the unsung heroes of the financial worlds. They help us make wise decisions with our money so that as much of it as possible stays in our possession. However, if you are the accountant, I must give you the credit that’s due, but I also have advice for you. Yes, you, the reader (who is also an accountant). Here are some tips to be the most effective accountant you can be.

taxFirst and foremost, you’re going to need to look “professional.,” whatever that means. Okay, so it’s kind of obvious what that means. First of all, this means a suit and tie. However, it doesn’t stop there. You’re going to need some high end shoes and a shirt to complete the look. Preferably something from the likes of Brooks Brothers, something that’s not obviously from Walmart. (No offense, Wally World.) Then, it’s just a matter of putting the puzzle pieces together in the right order, essentially. The most important rule is to keep your suit neutral colors. Black is the classic, go to color, but grey, darker shades of blue, and even brown will work for this. With your shirt and tie, you have more freedom, but don’t go crazy. (Well, to be fair, you can have a wacky tie, and it’s kind of par for the course.) Try to stick to simple patterns, or even just colors, and make sure to color coordinate with the rest of the ensemble.

Of course, the nicest suit in the world does nothing for you if your grooming isn’t also on point. It’s safe to say that much of this goes without saying, but the importance it has in this discussion warrants a refresher. (Get it?) Keep your hair short, if you’re a man, and tidy, regardless. Parting your hair to the right, by the way, is a sort of like hack to seem more affable. It’s a result of that being the more common choice for so long that now it’s almost the only choice. Make sure facial hair is kept neat and or clean shaven. Piercings are, of course, a no go, so if you have them, take advantage of flesh colored plugs that can both conceal the piercing and keep the hole from closing up during the piercing’s absence.