So the end of the year is fast approaching as well as all the festivities that come with it. I know this feels like it might be a little bit early but I really need to feel the “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” vibe after the year I had. I don’t know about you but this was quite a tough year and I think we are all in need of a break. The end of the year is always busy, there is so much shopping to do and so many events to attend. Sometimes it’s difficult when you have so much to do and you’re experiencing the hustle and bustle of the festive season.
We’ve all got events and office parties to get to so I decided to help out some of the guys who are struggling with how to dress for these events. Especially if you’re a guy who’s not used to cleaning up and usually dresses down. Below I’ve written down a few tips on how to stay classy this festive season.
Stay clean and elegant
Just getting the presentation right is half of the battle won. Wear clothing that flatter your body and suit your body type, and never buy or wear anything you feel uncomfortable in. The clothes you wear represent who you are and should never represent who you’re not. You don’t have to wear the most expensive clothes on the market, or even buy knock-off clothes at a thrift store. It’s better to go for an individualized yet simple and look.
Don’t under dress
If you have to go to a formal or semi-formal event, then it’s better to overdress a little than to under dress, and it’s not okay to show up to a formal event wearing jeans if you needed to wear a formal shirt and a blazer. Wearing casual shoes when you need to wear dress shoes is not okay either. It’s especially bad when the host specifically said formal or semi-formal and you arrive in all your casual glory. Make sure you know the dress code and ask the host or your friends who are also attending what type of clothing they will be wearing if you’re not sure.
Buy clothes in solid colours
Solid coloured shirts and pants are so versatile and they usually look the same compared to more upscale, designer brands. You can experiment by mixing them with other items of clothing. Solid colors are easy to mix and match, so you’ll be able to make more outfits with fewer items. When you buy items that have different colours in them or have a pattern it is more difficult to change it up and make a completely different outfit.
Classy Doesn’t Mean Expensive
When we think of dressing classy we always associate it with buying the most expensive clothes in order to look classy. That doesn’t mean you have to break the bank for expensive items, although I would advise you stay away from items that look obviously cheap. For example a blazer can be quite pricey, but there are so many options for blazers which are affordable and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. The idea is to be practical, you are not going to wear a blazer every day but investing in a versatile yet affordable blazer is worth it especially for end of year events.
The most important point is to be real and to be yourself. If you have class, live in a way of which you should be proud of. There is no need to be phony and deceptive. A person of integrity never needs to hide behind a facade. If you can’t show your true self to the world, who will people see? A copy of someone else? We regularly hear the phrase “be yourself” and though you may be tired of hearing that, it really is true. Just be you and do you. Stay classy!
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