Ask a person who failed to make it through an interview because of his dress code, and you will realize how important it is to choose the appropriate outfit for a particular event. It goes without saying that the art of dressing right is an essential one to master because, at the end of the day, first impressions definitely go a long way.
The ‘What Do I Wear’ Question
Most of the time, your decision will be an obvious one. If the event is a formal one, professional outfits will have to be chosen. Similarly, you don’t show up for an informal party in a formal three-piece suit. Nailing the vibe of your event is key. If you are planning to go to a football match that is happening in your college, a casual tee with track pants and sneakers checks all the right boxes. If there’s an official meeting or job interview on your schedule, a formal shirt, pants/skirts and shoes would be the perfect business attire. However, the best way to find out what you need to wear for an event if you have a doubt is to confirm it with the organizing committee or the event managers. Better safe than sorry, ay?
Exploring Your Options
When it comes to formal events, you’ll need to find that middle ground between looking sharp and exuding style. The good news is, it’s easy to nail both looks in one! Designer uniforms, for example, strike the exact balance between professional suits and casuals. They are comfortable, formal-looking uniforms that look presentable and polished as well as suit your personal style!
The Final Take
Here’s a quick rundown of what you can wear for what:
Smart casuals are for office parties, happy hour meetings and business luncheons. These include dress pants, loafers, pencil skirts and button-down tops.
Dressy casuals are for church visits and formal dinners. These include silk pants, dress pants, skirts, trousers, leather loafers and dress shirts.
Business casuals are for company parties and business lunch meetings. These include khakis, long sleeve tops, sweaters, casual dresses and polo shirts.
Business formals are for job interviews and formal business meetings. These include formal pants, formal shirts, formal shoes, neckties, blazers, coats, formal skirts and heels.
The Colour Code
Blacks, whites, greys, and pastel coloured outfits are the predominant colours found in the formal world, while casual events go well with light, bright and sometimes, funky colours.
Pairing the right outfit with the right event is as important as preparing for the event itself. You need to look clean and sharp for a meeting, hep and trendy for the mall and, cosy and comfy while you’re indoors. A point to keep in mind is that the way you dress will be the way you will be addressed. Once you know the difference, it’s hard to not dress the right way!