For a company sponsored cocktail or Christmas party, take your initial cues from your company’s dress policy.
If you work in a suit and tie environment, you can assume that suits will be worn at these types of social events. It is, however, recommended to switch from your normal solid white or blue dress shirt to something more fashionable. Try a striped dress shirt , check dress shirt, or a shirt with a contrasting white collar. For a more formal look, wear a French cuff shirt.
Your cotton dress shirts will last longer if you follow some simple care instructions. If you are washing at home, use a cold water setting, then tumble dry on a delicate cycle. While your shirt is still damp, use a warm iron to get those wrinkles out. If you have your shirts professionally laundered, ask for light starch.
For non-iron cotton shirts, use the same wash and dry settings mentioned above. Simply remove the shirts from the dryer while they are still warm and you will be able to put them on without even looking at an iron… Continue>>
The most basic color matching involves selecting a tie to wear with a dark suit and a white dress shirt. It is difficult to go wrong with this combination and your main decision is whether to keep with subdued tones or go for a brighter look.
The same holds true for matching a fine gauge knit with a pair of dark trousers. If you are wearing a colored solid dress shirt, select a patterned tie that uses the dress shirt hue as a secondary color. Use the same logic if you are wearing a patterned pair of trousers (glen plaid, houndstooth, etc.). Select a knit or woven shirt that matches the secondary… Continue>>
1. Invest in quality tailored clothing that will last. Buy conservative suits and basic trousers that won’t be out of style next season, and use fashion dress shirts and ties to personalize your fashion statement.
2. Find a good tailor and treat him/her well. Proper alterations on suits, trousers and sportcoats are important to your appearance.
3. Be a bit more adventurous when matching shirts and ties. A large patterned necktie will work very well with a small patterned dress shirt, and vice versa. For example, pair a bold paisley tie with a micro-check dress shirt.
Suits are expensive, and a clear understanding of how to care for them will extend their life considerably. It is important to know that the chemicals used when dry cleaning suits tend to strip wool of many of its natural properties. By following some basic guidelines, you can minimize trips to the dry cleaners and prolong the life of your suits.
First, if possible, wear a suit only once each week. This way, there will be enough time between wearings for the suit to hang properly and regain its original shape. Don’t immediately cram a suit back in the closet when you take it off. Hang it in a place where it can air out. Hang trousers from the bottom on… Continue>>
Shoe colors for business traditionally range from black to burgundy to shades of brown and beige. It makes sense to stay within these guidelines, unless you are extremely confident that you can “pull off” a different color. Black is the most versatile color, since it complements a nice variety of suit and trouser colors. Also remember to coordinate your shoe and belt color, as well as your trouser and sock color… Continue>>