Look Smashing, Not Clashing!

By dressing well, guys can give off the appearance of being confident, attractive, put-together men that any firm would want to hire and any woman would want to date. One’s attire is one of the first things noticed by others, and these first impressions are long-lasting. With a few simple steps, any guy can dress to impress everyday.

 First, there are clothes for public consumption: clothing in which to present yourself to others and thereby convey an elevated message about yourself. These are types of clothes you wear to work, to the store, out on the town, at a wedding, at church, at parties, or wherever people are going to see you. The primary objective here is that you look presentable, that you are civilized, a gentleman and not a beast.

 The other type of clothing is that which serves a pure functional purpose: that is, that which you wear for yard work, fixing your car, an evening at home, a Saturday washing the house or cleaning, or just knocking around the park with kids. Everyone knows what type of clothes these are. They can all be bought at Wal-Mart or thrift stores, and they are made of cotton.

 The great dressing error of our time is to confuse the two. Or more precisely: people think that it is perfectly okay to present yourself to others in clothes which serve a purely functional purpose. They say this is fine because it is comfortable — as if the only thing that matters in life is comfort. Well, it is also comfortable not to shave and not to bathe, and we have a word for people like that: slobs. If you don’t want to be a slob, you have to live with a bit of discomfort. Suck it up…you’ll look and feel better and you will turn heads.

 Now the next step: how do you look presentable? For a man, it is a snap. Your full wardrobe need not take up more than 12 to 18 inches of closet space. What every man should have in his closet.

 You need:

  • one or two suits in blue or grey
  • a blue or black jacket or sports coat
  • a jacket for summer (khaki or blue cotton or, if you want to be really fancy, seersucker)
  • a tweed jacket for winter
  • year-round grey wool trousers (light or dark or both)
  • a few pairs of khakis
  • 3 white and 3 blue shirts
  • a selection of ties

But, you say, I’ll look the same all the time! Right. This conveys an impression that you are a wise and stable person, not prone to flights of fancy and fits of fashion. There is a practical aspect here. You don’t really want to wear clothes that cause people to comment: hey, that is a really nice forest-green, window-pane, double-breasted, peak-lapel, side-vent hunting jacket with leather patches! The next time you wear it, the comment will be: oh, you wore that last week! No, you don’t really want people to zero in on your clothes as if they have an existence apart from you and your character. Clothes should not make the man; they should be the man. Stay tune, we’ll go over more of the business attire for dress in another article.

By all means, if you are not good at this getting yourself dressed ordeal, or if you think you know what it takes to pull an outfit off when you haven’t a clue? …….Please… let someone else help you choose what to wear if you aren’t sure how to dress for an event….You want to blend in, not stand out like a sore thumb. Don’t ever go out like these guys did in public, unless you are doing it to draw in some freaky kind of attention…the only thing worse would be if you went streaking in general. At least there, we’d have something to look at- directing our attention fully on you,….and not being blindsided by your loud bright attire! Ladies, PLEASE don’t let your men go out like this!!







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