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A Dapper Man’s Guide To Dressing Up For Every Occasion

Whether it’s a date with your partner, a business meeting, or a formal party, consider the following dress-up guides to consistently look as handsome as ever

A Dapper Man’s Guide To Dressing Up For Every Occasion
Photography by © Juan de los Mares

Dressing up for different occasions can be challenging if you don’t know the unspoken rules about them. While some parties and events send out some dress codes in their invites, others don’t, and this could make you undecided on what outfit to wear. Hence, it’s helpful to gain appropriate knowledge on the dressing-up rules for men on many occasions. 

While it’s fair enough to claim that a man can look dapper because of his confidence, other elements can contribute to a handsome look. And, of course, to show up in an event where you look perfectly dressed up for the situation will make you look even more attractive. It’s time to break down and identify the different occasions you’ll get to attend at some point in your life and learn what clothing to wear in these situations. 

Whether it’s a date with your partner, a business meeting, or a formal party, consider the following dress-up guides to consistently look as handsome as ever.

  1. Business Meeting Or Formal Occasions

This dress code is for corporate meetings and other formal engagements. Some companies might strictly implement this dress code, which means all men should wear men’s suits. Clothes in this style are formal but straightforward. If you’re dressing up for a meeting or work set-up, it’s best to go for dark-colored suits like navy, black, or grey. Then wear a standard-color polo, like white, beige, or light blue. 

It’s also best to go for plain colors and skip patterns, as they can be worn later in business casual days. To complete your formal occasion look, find a formal tie, and wear leather dress shoes. Such outfits can be worn in formal events too.

A Dapper Man’s Guide To Dressing Up For Every Occasion
Photography by © Juan de los Mares
  1. Casual Dress Up

There is no dress code more relaxed than casual, which is quite common and is probably a favorite look sported by most men. Consequently, dressing for it is easy, and you can’t go wrong no matter what you wear. You can, however, try to elevate your casual look by incorporating fashionable pieces to your otherwise plain and dull look.  

For instance, instead of using the same jacket to warm you up at night, you can add sweaters, cardigans, and bomber jackets into your closet. Also, go for classic and staple items like mono-colored plain shirts, as they will always look chic when combined with any coat. Go for neutral colors, so it will be easier for you to pair them with your bottoms. Choose to wear everyday shoes that are comfortable and can pair well with your casual outfits. 

If you plan to spend the day outside doing errands, watching movies, or spending time in the park, a casual look is enough to make you look dapper. However, dressing down doesn’t mean you can look lousy and not well-put. Dressing casually still means you have to look dazzling in effortless ways. Continue creating lasting impressions in common places where you want to go. 

  1. Business Casual Dress Code

Business casual is a different dress code from smart casual, but it’s understandable why some men get confused with both. There is a difference between business casual and smart casual in particular: business casual tends to exude a more professional vibe. This outfit is often worn during meetings and at work. Although men’s suits aren’t required in this scenario, you can go for the blazer, long sleeve, and forego the tie.  

It’s a less formal option than wearing a suit and tie, so you can opt for less formal outfits like partnering your dark jeans with a blazer and a crisp undershirt. Choose comfortable men’s dress pants that you can wear all day. Remember though that this is not casual, so avoid wearing t-shirts and ragged jeans. Go for button-down shirts, blazer jackets, and semi-formal footwear like loafers or oxford shoes.  

A Dapper Man’s Guide To Dressing Up For Every Occasion
Photography by © Juan de los Mares
  1. Night Out With Friends Or A Date

If you’re heading to a party, a night out with friends, or a date, it’s still imperative to look your best. With the night’s cool air, you can form an additional layer, so it’s best to bring a blazer, a jacket, or a sweater. 

Keeping the lines slim and using darker colors will be enough to make you look dazzling at night. Try to stay away from loose shirts and jeans. Whoever you’re going to have a night out with, you can balance out a formal attire and a business casual outfit. Especially if you don’t know what pub or restaurant you’re heading to, it’s often wiser to dress up in a combination of business casual and formal attire. 

  1. Evening Parties And Events

In a formal setting, a black-tie is usually worn to sophisticated evening events. If you’re invited to a wedding, a cocktail party, or any formal gathering, it’s best to wear a tuxedo. There are many options for a tuxedo look, so you can choose the right combination of colors and patterns that work well with the occasion too. You can go for a black bow tie or a necktie and finish your look with a sleek hairstyle and well-polished dress shoes. 

Conclusion

Everyone would like to dress up appropriately for the occasion. Therefore, it’s vital to know the standard dress codes. Looking your best can be achieved easily as long as you know what to wear. Even when you’re going to attend a blurry event that doesn’t specify a dress code, try to look your best and know what clothes will make you look dapper and create lasting impressions around you. Follow your style and be confident with what you wear.

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