Dress Code Basics For Men

The proper attire for any occasion depends on the season, occupation, the event and even the time of day. Some men may wear actual uniforms at work and some may have dress requirements that make work clothes like a uniform. Some occupations require hard wearing clothes like jeans, t-shirts and sweat shirts, while others require business casual wear. The proper attire for a casual dining restaurant is not the same as for more formal evening venues. It is important to dress correctly, as it shows respect for yourself and others.

Formal business attire means a two piece suit with a dress shirt and neck tie. Most formal business shoes are dark, leather shoes with laces. Wing tips should only be worn with formal business attire. Loafers may be acceptable, but they are most often considered business casual. Socks should match the color of the suit. A belt or suspenders should be worn with the suit.

Business casual varies by employer. In the American south where summertime temperatures can be in the 90s, many businesses have recognized that jackets are not always practical. These businesses often allow employees to wear casual slacks and polo shirts in place of more formal attire. Other businesses may consider business casual to be a sports jacket and tie rather than a suit. Jeans and athletic shoes are never considered business casual. Loafers or boots with khaki or other non denim slacks are appropriate for less casual business attire. Belts should match the color of shoes and socks should match the color of slacks. Leave the white tube socks at the gym.

Casual dress doesn’t mean sloppy. Jeans or slacks should be worn at the waist and fit to the body. Oversize jeans that sag are both sloppy and nattractive. Shirts should fit at the shoulder and fall straight to the hip without bagging around the torso. This applies to t-shirts and polo shirts. Buttoned shirts should be tucked in unless they are designed to be worn over the belt. Belts should be worn with jeans and slacks that have belt loops. Loafers and boots are always appropriate with casual apparel and athletic shoes and sandals are acceptable most of the time. While loafers may be worn without socks, socks should never be worn with sandals. White athletic socks should be paired with athletic shoes or casual boots, not with loafers.

Formal day wear is most often a morning coat, tuxedo pants, a formal shirt and an ascot. A morning coat is a cut away jacket with tails. A tuxedo consists of tuxedo pants, a formal shirt, bow tie, cummerbund and tuxedo pants. The difference between a tuxedo and white tie evening attire is the jacket, which is a cut away with tails. Morning suits should only be worn at daytime formal affairs. Most evening affairs are black tie and the tuxedo is the proper attire. White tie is extremely formal and in most cases the invitation to the event will specify white tie. Most white tie affairs are related to politics, the opera and concert music. Some brides may opt for white tie at their weddings. Formal shoes are most often highly polished black leather or patent leather shoes with laces.

Knowing what to wear and when to wear it can increase a man’s confidence and positively affect the way others percieve him. Style is about the way an individual uses fashion. It is possible to color in the lines and still have style and flair. A man can follow the rules and still retain his individualty.

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