Time to Tie it All Together

Last weekend, I went to an awards banquet for the end of the year party for the major that I am studying. Time to dress up, but how dressed up do you get? Is it semi-formal? Casual? Formal?giphy (1)

In this case, I went semi-formal and in hindsight, was the best decision. But that brought me to the next question, what tie do I wear? Ties are an area in the dress attire that you can really express yourself. There are millions of different colors, patterns, sizes and types. For the awards banquet, I went with a purple paisley bow tie and it went over very well.

When making a decision on ties, there are a few factors to consider:

 

1.What is the event you are going to?

If its another day at the office, it is better to go with more neutral colors. It may get bland after a while, so try to encourage other coworkers to do a funky tie Friday!

 

2.What color shirt are you wearing?

You don’t want to clash colors too much because it will gather a lot of attention, and for the wrong reasons. Try to use a color palate similar to this:

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3.What size or shape fits you best?

With the recent popularity in skinny ties and bow ties, you must carefully consider your choices when picking your tie. The skinny tie looks better with a slimmer fit shirt. If you wear a slim tie with a relaxed fit shirt, it may make the tie look small on your body.

 

4.What patterns match the shirt you choose?

This is a very difficult issue that I struggled with for a long time. Askmen.com does a good job describing some of the tips you should follow when choosing a pattern for a tie. One big thing to note, be careful when clashing patterns. It comes with mixed results.

 

I like to really shake it up when choosing a tie, and using all of these factors, you can experiment with different patterns and colors. What is your favorite pattern on a tie? Let me know below!

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Don’t Slack on the Slacks

 

Some guys have the problem of just finding pants that fit, but when dressing professionally, that is only one aspect to keep in check when picking out the right pair of dress pants.

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Sizing is a huge component of looking proper in your professional dress attire. Pants too loose and baggy make you look like a slob and gives off a look like you care about what you look like.

 

Too tight pants can make it extremely uncomfortable for you, and everyone else, to go about your day. Find a nice relaxed pair of pants that fit snug, but you can move around in comfortably to make a day in dress clothes much more bearable.

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Next, make sure that the color of the pants match the color of the suit jacket that you are wearing. Although it is preferred to wear one, if you aren’t wearing a jacket, you have a little more flexibility with your pants choice but make sure that the shoes you wear match the pants! I would also take in to account the color of your dress shirt as well. Lighter color shirts go well with darker color pants.

Lastly, BEWARE OF THE PLEATS! Some may enjoy the design of pleats, but the look that it gives off is unflattering to the body. My opinion would suggest to have only one crease down the middle.

Fashion does change year to year, and sometimes faster, so don’t burn up all of those slacks yet. The look could be in again in a new fashion cycle soon. Do you have any problems with pants? Is sizing the issue or matching a problem? Comment your thoughts!

 

Sock it to me!

Wearing a suit can really grab attention.You are looking good and stand out from other people in their casual wear.

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Unfortunately, with all that attention, it means YOU have to pay attention to detail.Wrinkles, too many buttons buttoned, oversized or undersized clothes can really takedown on the quality of your look. One area that cannot be overlooked is the socks. It’s time to move away from the white tube socks. Save the ankle socks for casual wear. Go to the store and find a high quality dress sock. Your feet will thank you and it will complete your look.

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Even with his flashy silver suit, you can’t help but notice the white socks.

It’s the little things that can really put your suit over the top and socks are one thing that can make or break your outfit. It’s an age old question as to what should your socks match.

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According to AskMen.com, you ALWAYS match your socks to your pants. It is important to match to the pants because when you sit down or take off your shoes, your socks are exposed. No one wants to be seen wearing brown socks with black pants, even if you have brown shoes.

If you want to have a little fun with it and use some colors or patterns, check out this very thorough write up on the Gentlemanual.com! How do you wear your socks when you wear a suit? Tell me about your style!