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dress code for entrepreneurs

“Dress like the entrepreneur everybody wants to invest in.”

The hoodie-black-T-shirt-jeans look that tech entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg made iconic has been the unofficial uniform for entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem for a while now. But many have come to realize that curating your look, dressing up and expressing yourself, and by extension your brand, speaks volumes.

The power dressing code today is much like an unspoken language. You want to stand out but also keep in mind that potential clientele are still looking for an ambitious, visionary, goal-oriented professional and not just a finely dressed dandy.

As an entrepreneur and founder of your company, you have the power to shape your dress code and make a strong first impression.  Since you are an extension of your brand and what it stands for, what you choose to wear becomes a representation of your brand too.

Start with corporate wardrobe basics

Getting your essentials right is the first step. Power isn’t just showcased in wearing something sombre, but rather defining the look that provides maximum self-expression, a feeling of confidence and competence.

A classic navy blue or charcoal grey suit is the backbone of every man’s wardrobe. Two piece options make you look sharp and classy. Glen plaids and pin stripe patterned suits can give you a break from the solids, while still being conventional enough for office wear. Let’s not forget a classic black suit for formal evening events either.

A pair of chinos or wool-flannel trousers are must-haves, along with classic dress pants. Aside from your crisp white dress shirts, try light blues, greys, pink and lilac shirts too. For patterned shirt options, go for pinstripes, graph checks and small (think tiny) repeat patterns.

These safe, time tested wardrobe staples can be relied on to take you through meetings with clients and investors.

Add semi-casual and casual elements

Now that you have your basics covered, it’s time to introduce high-lo styling, with an emphasis on comfort. Running a company is hard enough, don’t add to the stress by being uncomfortable. Mix things up with plain t-shirts and turtlenecks, preferably in neutral shades, dark wash denims, chinos, casual shirts, and versatile blazers.

Good quality T-shirts and turtlenecks are good throw-on items which will match anything you own in your workwear wardrobe, from suits to blazer and denim looks.

Dark wash denims and chinos can be your go-to option for Friday dressing. Stick to regular fits and dark washes when it comes to denims instead of opting for something in a trendy skinny fit with a strong fade.

Casual shirts worn to work should ideally be in neutral tones, but with bolder details like plaids, ginghams or conversation prints. These will still look like part of your workwear while holding their own.

Knit blazers are a wardrobe staple that will help you navigate transitional weather, and a better work wear alternative to casual jackets. Navy blue blazers are one of those pieces that every man should own and they can be effortlessly styled to go from boardrooms to pubs.

You can wear looks interspersed with casual elements for your day to day operations and weekend outings.

Don’t forget accessories

Your formal corporate wardrobe should have a collection of complementary ties, pocket squares and socks. Think neutral colors, and tiny repeat patterns. Similarly, don’t forget to keep a pair or two of formal Oxford shoes in black and burgundy brown and matching leather belts. You can still show off your unique sense of style with statement ties, pocket squares, watches, tie pins and cufflinks.

Show off your playful side on Fridays and weekends by accessorising smart with a powerful man bag, funky coloured pair of socks, and white sneakers. If you want to break out your expensive digital watch, this is your chance. They add extra pizzazz to your look. Add leather boots and monk strap shoes for semi-formal occasions too.

Tailored clothes and subtle design elements

The new power dress code is a refined take on the uber masculine style from previous decades. Think less bold shoulders and more fine tailoring – a look that is at once modern, sharp and sensuous. Subtle design elements like your choice in buttons, fabrics and lining, can amplify your appearance and show off your eye for detail.

Ultimately what matters is to be the best version of yourself.  When you look good, you feel great and you perform better. The key to dressing as a startup founder is to dress yourself in a way that expresses your true self, while adhering to the expectation of others. And allow it to change, and evolve with you as your company grows.

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black tie optional dress code

‘Black-tie optional’ is one of those formal dress codes that creates more doubt than clarity. What was once invented to make party-goers feel more liberated with flexible choices in their formal dressing, has become the cause of a slew of panicked questions at the sight of the phrase on an invite;”What color suit to choose?””Do I need to wear a tux?””What does optional mean?” “Do I need a cummerbund?” What IS a cummerbund?”

Ironically in the Art Deco period of 1920’s famously known as the ‘The Roaring Twenties’ or ‘The Jazz Age’, King Edward VII had passed on, and the far more conservative George V was making his mark in an attempt to reintroduce the formality his father had let slide in the courts. Edward VII had swapped his tailcoat for a blue silk smoking jacket with matching trousers, made by Henry Poole & Co. of Savile Row. It provided the monarch with a more comfortable alternative to the formality of evening tails.

It was Edward VII’s inspired loosening that eventually morphed into the birth of black-tie in 1885 among the well-to-do. This black-tie suit style was then adopted by members of the Tuxedo Club in New York.

Back then it was easy to decipher what black or white tie meant. Today, with when we enjoy a more relaxed  dress codes, it’s a tangled mess left upto the majority of men trying to decode what exactly the invite means. Therefore, we have compiled an informative guide from experts from around the world regarding everything you need to know about black-tie optional.

What does black-tie optional mean?

A simple definition of black-tie optional is that the host of an event is planning on wearing standard black-tie and hopes that their guests try to adhere to that as well, though it isn’t necessarily required.

The “Optional” is for men who don’t own traditional black-tie ensembles. It’s a judgment-free acceptance that not all men certainly own or can afford one. If you wish to wear a standard black-tie outfit for a black-tie optional event, you’re perfectly welcome to do so. The fact is that these black-tie optional events are a good opportunity to wear your occasion wear in accordance with all the traditional rules of proper black-tie. Although it’s safe to note that the “optional” part in the dress code shouldn’t be an excuse to dress down parts of a conventional tuxedo or incorporate other less formal elements.

What to wear to a black-tie optional event?

In a broad sense the dress code calls for a dark suit, a white shirt, a dark conservative tie, dark over the calf socks, black leather shoes, and maybe a few conservative accessories.

Suit: The dark suit should be very dark to stay on par with the black tuxedos and to maintain the decorum of the black tie event. Charcoal and midnight blue are also great alternatives. Solid coloured suits are your best choice, though faint patterns such as a light and broad windowpane could be acceptable. Two piece or three piece, single or double-breasted would work.

Shirts: For a significant contrast with a dark suit a white shirt is ideal for black-tie optional events. It’s best to avoid any other colours as it would be too informal for such an event.

Neckwear: The neckwear worn should be dark and solid instead of patterned. A black necktie could be worn but black bow ties should be avoided with dark suits. Keep that for tuxedos. To choose wisely instead of a black necktie you could go with burgundy, navy, a very dark forest green, or dark plum.

Footwear: Simple and classic black Oxfords are your best bet. Black derby shoes, if conservatively styled, could also work. The part that gives you most range in choice and flexibility would be in your accessories. Cufflinks can be silver, gold or any other solid coloured metal and they could feature designs and subtle embellishments.

What to avoid at a black-tie optional event

  • Light-coloured suits: Black-tie optional events take place in the evening and a suit in light grey or khaki would definitely not cut it.
  • Going without a tie: It’s simple, a black-tie event requires you to wear a tie. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bow tie or a neck tie, but you need to wear one.
  • Odd jackets and trousers: If you choose to be creative by wearing khakis or lighter hues with a mix and match blazer, they are simply too casual for an affair involving tuxedos.
  • Crazy socks: Socks in bright bold colours, funky patterns can be saved for a more casual event. For black tie-optional events, keep your socks the same colour as your trousers.

Understanding different invitation requirements

  • White tie or full dress: Wear a white wing-collar pique shirt, crisp white pique vest, white tie, classic black trousers with formal satin stripe, black tailcoat and black patent shoes.
  • Black tie: Wear a classic tuxedo with white shirt, dark vest or cummerbund and black tie. Accessorise with black patent shoes.
  • Black tie preferred: This generally means formal evening attire. Black tuxedo, white dinner jacket or dark tuxedo (no tailcoats). Non-formal dress suits are acceptable but not preferred.
  • Black tie optional: Not as rigid about formal attire as “black tie” or “black tie preferred.” Still, formal dress is appropriate and acceptable, including black tuxedo and dark contemporary-style tuxedos.
  • Black tie invited: This means that you are welcome to dress in formal attire if you like, but it is not required.
  • Semi-formal: Allows tuxedo or dinner jacket.

Finally it comes down to this. For someone who doesn’t own a tuxedo and chooses not to rent one, a black tie-optional event is your best friend. You can utilise your existing wardrobe, minimise your expense and still look like a million bucks when you’re at an event amongst the tuxedo-wearing masses. Just make sure that your suit’s well-fitted(ideally made to measure), brushed and dry-cleaned and that your whole look comes together to create a memorable impression. 

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VDay Gift Guide Tailorman

Valentine’s Day has had a long and varied history dating back to the early 14th century. The holiday came to prominence when English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote his poem ‘Parlement of Foules’ in 1382, commemorating the engagement of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia with romantic themes and mention of Valentine’s Day.

The centuries old tradition lives on even today where exchanging gifts is symbolic to showing someone special that they are an important part of our lives. As much as it’s about love and celebration, it can be a tricky situation to navigate. So we have put together Tailorman’s Valentine’s Day gift guide for the gentleman in your life.

Gadgets, toys and fine single malts are definitely safe bets while choosing gifts for your man, but you can also have plenty of options to go to for that combined style, elegance, taste and practicality. Here are four sophisticated options to add to the list:

Gift card: A Tailorman gift card will come in handy when your man has to update his wardrobe, and that happens a few times a year. 

Classic fashion books: For the fashion lover, a book about the Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton that shows an understanding of heritage and a level of knowledge about fashion from the past. Cecill Beaton had accounts with many Savile Row tailors; he bought his hats from Herbert Johnson and Lock & Co. and his shirts from Excello in New York. The clothes he bought from Lanz of Salzburg are now, along with other elements of his wardrobe, in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and the V&A, London. Another treasure from the late Austrian architect Adolf Loos’s book, “Why a Man Should be Well-Dressed,” which originated as a series of essays published in the early 20th Century.

Accessories: If you are looking for a wealth of handsome accessories, choose from among Tailorman range of ties or pocket squares, with delicate textures and prints. In addition to it, are the rather unique must-have cufflinks fusing timeless style with a modern flair.

A made to measure experience: It’s magical how a set of  figures marked off of a measuring tape and spilled onto a paper pattern, becomes something that almost lives – a second skin which feels supremely comfortable. A made-to-measure experience is as the name signifies, an experience. If you wish to gift your man his first sartorial experience, head to Tailorman store nearest to you to let him discover the luxury of personalised clothing.

We hope that these four options have made it to your Valentine’s Day gifting repertoire. If possible, give him all four, since at Tailorman, we’re all about going the extra mile.

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