Formal clothing is a very delicate matter for men. Not only does it have the ability to create a first impression, but it also depicts the fashion sense men have when it comes to dressing up for the corporate environment. But as we usually see, most of the men do not seem to get formal dressing right, which usually makes people in their 20s look like they're uncles. It's not about what they're wearing, but it is about how they're wearing it and how well they pull it off. So in the interest of our male readers, here is a list of important formal dressing tips for men.
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The end of the sleeve should fall between the base of the wrist and the bottom knuckle of the thumb. To ensure this, let your arms be on your sides in a relaxed position. If the end of the sleeve is at the required spot, you've found the perfect fit. If it reaches your thumb, that means it's too big for you and if it barely covers your wrist that means it's too small for you.
The shoulder seams of the shirt should line up with the ends of your shoulders. If you don't understand, you can ask someone. To test this, lean against the wall, shoulder first. If the seam is hidden, then the shirt is too big. If there is a considerable amount of space between the seam and the wall, then the shirt is small. This applies to jackets too, although you can let it go a little beyond your shoulders.
Apart from just understanding by the fact that the shirt looks big, the ‘hug' test can help you understand if it is small for you. To try this out, try hugging someone or just act out the hugging motion. If it seems like the shirt is constricting you that means it is too tight. Once this is done, it is now time to tuck the shirt in and lifting your arms over your head. If the shirt remains tucked in after lifting the arms, that means it is a good fit.
The collar should ideally be snug around your neck without choking you. If you want to test this one out, stack two fingers and put them in the space between the neck and the collar. If there is room to wiggle them, that means the collar is loose. And if it's too tight, I guess you know what would happen.
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The ideal pair of pants would have a straight back and a crease in the front. For the trousers, one look in the mirror is good enough to understand if they're a good fit or not. To ensure that you have the perfect size, it is essential for you to try your pants with shoes.
The length of the sleeve should be long enough just enough for it to show a little part your shirt's cuff. The sleeve shouldn't cover the cuff entirely, or even show too much of it.
Since we all have torsos, arms, and legs of different lengths, a good jacket should simply cover your bottom.
If you're tall and thin, then any style would look good on you.
If you are tall and muscular/husky, a two-button style is preferred, and for a thinner waistline, a one-button jacket looks great.
If you're short and thin, or short and muscular/husky, opt for a jacket which has a button on the lower end of the torso. Also, avoid jackets with over two buttons. This will help in creating an elongating effect on your body.
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A tie should complement your shirt or your suit. It also adds a little color and character to your wardrobe. But keep the tacky ones out of here.
For a necktie, there are multiple ways of tying a necktie, and a lot of tutorial videos are available on YouTube.
If you're one of the younger people in the crowd, you could opt for a bowtie as well, if you don't want to spend time tying a perfect knot on a necktie. There are tutorial videos on YouTube for tying a bowtie as well.
And the last, but not the least. The shoes and the belt. Make sure that these two match each other. The belt colour should match the colour of your shoes.
Yes, it does seem very complicated at first. In a formal setting, you have to be your best. And you have to work hard to look and be your best. Like the band ZZ Top says, "Every girl crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man.". So men, it's time to kill the world with your class!
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