Fashion has always been an avenue for self-expression and creativity. A well-put-together outfit can help boost your confidence and exudes an aura of intelligence and competency. Whichever way your style sways, there are some key aspects to consider when constructing an outfit.
Unlike in women’s fashion, where the choices of silhouettes, colors, and styles are practically endless, men’s style doesn’t necessarily play by the same rules. While the pieces may be more similar in men’s fashion, some styles fit different body types, occasions, and personalities better.
Exploring the different modern avenues men’s style has taken in recent times can be overwhelming. The boundaries between men’s and women’s fashion have slowly been dissolving as we become a more inclusive society. However, there are still some basic fashion concepts that hold and stand the test of time.
Where you’ll be wearing your outfit plays an essential role in the color scheme, fabrics, and styles you should consider. Here are some of the most common occasions you may have difficulty dressing for and some tips and tricks to help keep you dressed to the nines for every occasion.
In any professional or business setting, your attire should be able to clearly and effectively communicate your competency and dependability to your coworkers and superiors. If you work directly with customers or clients, then this is an even bigger priority as you represent both yourself and the organization as a whole.
Clean lines, classic cuts, and muted pallets with the occasional pops of color are an excellent base for any professional outfit. Everyday basics such as tailored slacks, well-fitting blazers, crisp button-up shirts, and a polished pair of leather shoes are some of the critical components of a professional wardrobe.
For other occasions in your professional career, such as big presentations, important client meetings, and company celebrations, you can take your wardrobe up a notch with a few easy steps. You can switch out your regular blazer and slacks for a two-piece or three-piece suit.
A three-piece suit would be the best choice for these bigger events as the coordination of color and fabrics streamlines the look and helps you look very put together. Sticking to the classic colors such as black, navy blue, dark gray, and white for your color pallet also help give off that classic yet understated look. Steering away from any loud colors or patterns helps keep the focus on your capabilities, while the outfit only serves as an accessory to your personality.
Even in more casual situations, you want to avoid appearing laid back to the point of appearing unkempt or frumpy. Whether the event is with your friends, family, or coworkers, looking smart and presentable is a great way to make a good impression. Casual wear, when done right, will look effortlessly elegant, mature, and confident. White button-up shirts, polos, thick knit sweaters, well-tailored jeans, chinos, and a wide array of shoes make up casual wear basics. Smart casual treads the line of being overdressed and just right in most cases.
A guaranteed way to ensure you don’t seem overdressed is to ensure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing and ready for the day’s activities. If you’re running around with your kids, going on a date, meeting up with your friends for lunch, or going to see your family, you need to look and feel comfortable. Looking uncomfortable or not being able to move freely in your outfit will be a dead giveaway that you might be overdressed.
Sticking to breathable and more forgiving fabrics will help ensure various activities. Bright but classic colors like powder blues and light greens are also a good idea as they exude a lighter aura compared to the darker colors of your professional wardrobe.
Different special occasions may be the hardest or easiest events to dress for because these events often come with a dress code. Wedding venues, upscale restaurants, hotel ballrooms, and other events places will often have an air of sophistication that requires a well-put-together outfit. In these cases, it’s best to aim for overdressed rather than underdressed.
For example, wearing a suit can easily be dressed down by removing your jacket or tie if the event only calls for simple formal attire. Accessories are another great way to set your look apart from your everyday clothing. The addition of a classic watch, cuff links, rings, and shoes adds depth to your outfit while not coming off as too flashy.
While these are some tips and tricks to ensure you’re always impeccably dressed, remember that your personal style is the most crucial part of the outfit. It speaks volumes of who and what you are before you utter that first word. Exploring different styles, color pallets, cuts and not being afraid to venture out of your comfort zone will help you discover your signature style.