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Menswear has come a long way from its traditional roots, and nowadays there are more options than ever for dressing formally in the workplace. However, with so many choices available, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and make mistakes that could negatively impact your professional image. In this article, I will explore the important…

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Menswear has come a long way from its traditional roots, and nowadays there are more options than ever for dressing formally in the workplace. However, with so many choices available, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and make mistakes that could negatively impact your professional image. In this article, I will explore the important elements to consider when dressing formally for meetings and business occasions.


The first key element to consider is fit. Proper fit is essential in any outfit, but it is especially important when dressing formally. Ill-fitting clothes can make you look sloppy and unprofessional, whereas clothes that fit well can make you appear polished and put-together. When selecting a suit or dress shirt, pay attention to the fit around the shoulders, chest, and waist. A properly fitted suit should hug your shoulders, have a slim but not tight waist, and be long enough to cover your rear without bunching up when you sit down. When wearing a suit, the shirt should be visible for 1-2 centimeters at the wrist as well. The legs shouldn’t fold too much over the shoes either, I personally prefer around 2 centimeters to not appear too long and make sure they aren’t too short like some Italians like it.


The second element to consider is color. When dressing formally, it is generally best to stick to classic and neutral colors such as navy, charcoal, and black. These colors are timeless and versatile, making them appropriate for a wide range of occasions. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t add a pop of color to your outfit. A brightly colored tie or pocket square can add some personality to your look without being too distracting. Black has historically been the color of death or grief, except for smokings or on very formal occasions. But are now much more allowed in the workplace and can be carried if well compositioned.


The third element to consider is the fabric. High-quality fabrics can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your outfit. Natural fibers such as wool, cotton, and silk are excellent choices for formal attire. These fabrics are breathable, durable, and have a luxurious feel that can elevate your outfit. Additionally, pay attention to the texture of the fabric. A suit made of a textured fabric, such as tweed or herringbone, can add visual interest to your outfit or give a more relaxed or rough outdoor outfit.


The fourth element to consider is accessories. Accessories can add the finishing touch to your outfit, and are a great way to show off your personal style. However, it’s important not to overdo it. For business occasions, stick to classic accessories such as a leather belt, dress shoes, a tie and a watch. The tie should have a well made knot and the length should be so it just touches or finishes at the belt. Longer than this will make it look too long and shorter than this will make it look unprofessional and more like a clown outfit.


The fifth and final element to consider is grooming. No matter how well-dressed you are, if your grooming is lacking, it can detract from your overall appearance. Make sure to groom your hair and facial hair (Especially in the neck when the fade or short hairs are growing out too long), and keep your nails clean and trimmed. Additionally, pay attention to your shoes. Clean and polished shoes can make a big difference in how professional you appear, since one of the first elements we notice is physiologically and judge someone actually by the shoes.


In conclusion, dressing formally for business occasions requires attention to detail and a keen sense of style. When selecting an outfit, pay attention to fit, color, fabric, accessories, and grooming. By keeping these elements in mind, you can ensure that you look your best and make a positive impression on those around you. Remember, a cheap well fitted outfit is ten times better than an ill-fitting expensive one!

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