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dress for interview

No event creates as much stress in a man’s life as an impending interview. We understand the importance of turning up dressed just right so as to make a positive impression on the interviewer. But in a sea of vast sartorial choices, where do you even begin?

Start with research

A bit of research will tell you exactly what works best at the company you are interviewing for. Go through the Linkedin or Facebook pages and check out the pictures of company events to get a general idea. If you live near the office, you can wait around to see how the employees come into work every day. And finally, if you know someone who works at the office, you can drill them for all the details.

Here we have curated three looks for three popular dress codes:

Formal

There are traditional companies that follow the formal dress code. This is more so when their employees directly interact with customers and therefore represent the company on a day to day basis, e.g. banking, finance, law, and government. Exude authority and professionalism by pairing a solid navy or dark grey single-breasted suit with a classic dress shirt in white or light blue. Accessorise with a complementing skinny or regular tie and black or brown leather Oxfords.

Business Casual

Owing to the relaxed dress codes followed by most companies, you can no longer go with the trusted formal suit and tie. In fact, unless the company belongs to a conventional field like banking, finance, law or government, you might end up looking out of place with the other applicants. That being said, don’t wear chinos and unstructured blazers for your interview. Make a positive impression with a button-up dress shirt worn with dark grey or navy dress pants. Layer it with a blazer. Alternatively, wear a navy suit with a dress shirt. Accessorise with black leather Oxfords or Derbys.

Informal

Nowadays interviewers have started preferring the informal interview, where they try to get a feel of the candidate before asking them to come for a formal interview at the organization. These usually take place over coffee or lunch. Despite the informality of the situation, it’s best to come dressed well. Therefore, no casuals. Instead, stand out from the casually dressed crowd in a button-down Oxford shirt worn tucked in with slim-fit chinos, and accessorize with brown or black Derby shoes.

Don’t forget:

Apart from the above style tips, there are a few crucial rules to remember. They are:

  • Don’t wear shirts in dark colors like black, indigo, etc. Instead, stick to office-friendly colors like white and blue. If you do want to add an element of design, then let it be in the form of ties and socks.
  • Wear close-toed shoes, and ideally no sneakers or loafers without socks.
  • Dress a level above the interviewer.
  • Even if the company you are applying to has a casual dress code, and the position you intend to work for is young and hep, do not wear denim, sneakers or hoodies.
  • Be well-groomed and sport stubble or long hair, no matter how good you look in it.
  • Don’t wear overpowering perfume, even if it is your signature scent and expensive.

There you have it, clothes to help you nail important interviews without worrying about dress codes. Head to Tailorman stores to have shirts, trousers, jackets and suits custom made for you.

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Christmas gifts for men

Christmas is almost synonymous with Christmas presents for most of us. After all, the star of the show is Santa, the ultimate gift giver, delivering presents to children around the world in one single night. Therefore this season has the spirit of giving woven into it with Secret Santas at offices and schools, present exchanges between near and dear ones, donations to charities and orphanages, etc. That being said, choosing the right gift can still be stressful, especially for men with sophisticated tastes. Therefore we’ve curated a list of things that’ll please all the men on your list.

1. Tailorman gift cards

Go with gift cards, especially if you’re the boss of a company and want to give your employees something special, but still give them the freedom to choose what they want. Gift cards show good taste, but cut out all the hassle of choosing presents for a large number of people.

2. Perfumes

Perfumes are intimate gifts that are best reserved for the special man in your life. You can either restock his favorite scent or give him something that has been on his wishlist for a long time. Or you can take a risk and buy him something in the fragrance family he usually wears.

3. Tailorman shirts

You can’t go wrong with shirts when buying presents for men. These are particularly ideal for distant family members or newly minted friends. All you need is a bit of sizing info, which can be easily gathered from their parent or spouse. Just ensure it’s a color and pattern they will look forward to wearing, therefore choose something of their choice rather than imposing your taste on them.

4. Leather bound journal

With the bullet journaling trend going strong, it’s a great idea to buy a high quality journal for your friend or work wife. Go for ones with high quality paper (no smudging) and leather binding. With 2020 just around the corner, they’ll definitely put it to good use.

5. Tailorman made to measure session

A Tailorman made to measure session is more than a service, it’s an experience. Therefore surprise your loved ones with a visit to the Tailorman store for a made to measure session. If your father or grandfather is planning to buy a new suit, they’ll love this! Go ahead and book an appointment now!

6. Grooming kit

Is the man on your list a regular jetsetter? Then a high quality leather grooming kit is just what he needs. Fill it up with premium toiletries as an added surprise and he’ll think of you every time he travels.

7. Tailorman Home Service

Know someone who’s in sore need of a suit but has absolutely no time to visit a store? The Tailorman Home Service was made for him. Just WhatsApp us and fix an appointment and the Traveling Tailor will be at your door in no time.

8. Kindle

If your son or nephew is an avid bookworm, then a brand new Kindle is the kind of gift that’ll cheer him up for years to come. Fill it up with a few of his favorite titles as an extra treat. Add a Kindle jacket and you’re good to go.

9. Smartwatch

Watches are always solid gifting options. But a smartwatch that tracks everything from sleep to activity levels to phone notifications is something else entirely. Gift it to the busybody in your life so that he can track all his activities.

10. Headphones

Is there a music lover on your list? Don’t stress wondering about which music album or concert tickets to buy for him; instead gift him a wicked headphone set, preferably with a storage case, and you’re golden.

Now that you have all the tips you need, call on your inner Santa and get shopping!

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dressing for winter weddings

Winter weddings are special – the agreeable weather makes it ideal for outdoor festivities, and even destination beach and desert weddings are able to showcase their charms without being hindered by excessive heat or humidity. That being said, one thing winter events are guaranteed to be is chilly. And since you can’t turn up in your office parka, we’ve put together a curated list of style tips and product recommendations to help you layer stylishly for winter weddings.

Western formals

You can’t go wrong with suits for weddings. The only rule is to ensure that you don’t upstage the groom. With services similar to Tailorman Wedding Services, most grooms have the men in their family and their groomsmen kitted out in coordinating outfits. Instead if you’re a guest, then a suit would be more than enough. Unless the wedding invite specifies “black-tie”, it’s best to not wear a tuxedo. Especially since there’s a good chance that the groom would be wearing one.

There are a few rules to follow, of course. For example, a day wedding would require you to be in a light color suit. A light grey paired with a white shirt is an excellent choice. Wear a pastel color tie or lose the tie and wear a complementing pocket square so that the grey suit and shirt don’t look too corporate. Pair the grey suit with dark brown derby shoes. Alternatively, go for a navy blue suit. Steer clear of corporate-wear essentials like stripes, checks, and you’ll be fine.

For evenings, wear a suit in a dark color. Black, navy blue, charcoal grey, etc are good choices. If it’s a reception that involves a lot of drinking and dancing, you can opt for a look that’s more party-appropriate with jewel toned shirts and dark suits. And yes, if it’s a festive affair like elaborate Indian wedding parties, you can easily slip into a velvet blazer too.

Of course, the chilly weather is ideal for layering your suits with a waistcoat. Wear one in a matching color or go for something that creates a stark contrast. Accessorise with a tie or bow-tie and pocket-square. If you feel overdressed at any point, you can casually slip off your suit jacket and just have your waist coat on. Do check out our post on how to style your three piece suit too.

Do get suits in heavy winter-friendly fabrics like wood, tweed, and flannel. Look for heavy cloth weight(between 400 – 570 grams) to stay warm. Similarly, opt for full lining over half lining, both for better structure and insulation.

Indo-western

If suits aren’t your thing, then try the Indo-western look. Most Indian weddings do have a ethnic element running throughout, and if dressing up in a top to toe kurta-pyjama-sherwani look feels like too much, stick to adding just one Indian element or two.

Since most western wear and Indian ethnic pieces complement each other well, you can easily add a Nehru jacket to your look. For example, layer it over a shirt and trouser combination. Add a paisley print pocket square to add visual interest to the look. Similarly, team a kurta-pyjama look with a Nehru jacket. Dress it up with a floral shawl. Or go with a floral Nehru jacket and a solid shawl. Some beaded jootis, worn with socks will bring all components of your outfit together for a flawless finish.

Don’t forget the bandhgala either! Wear it over a Mandarin collar shirt and trouser combination. Add a pocket square. If you wish to really indulge, don’t miss out on this chance to wear a velvet bandhgala.

The beauty of winter weddings is that you get a chance to wear velvets, silks and other heavily embellished pieces. Just remember that, when it comes to layering, less is more. Therefore, a maximum of three layers (apart from thermals) can be visible, but no more. And the best way to achieve stylish layering is to ensure that each piece fits well. This will get rid of unsightly stretching and bunching that usually shows up along the shoulders, upper back, waistline, and side seams. Therefore, go for made to measure clothing as much as possible.

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three piece suit for men

Now that we’ve officially entered winter, it’s time to get a three piece suit. Though not a winter staple per se, December festivities give you a chance to dress up in your best, and a well tailored three piece suit delivers.

What is a three piece suit?

A three piece suit is composed of three pieces – the suit jacket, matching trousers and a waistcoat. The waistcoat can either match the rest of your suit, or be in a striking contrast to it. There are a few things to keep in mind though. The last button on your waistcoat should be left undone. Your waistcoat should cover your trouser belt line, without going too far below it. And finally, don’t pair a three piece suit with a belt.

How to wear three piece suits

Three piece suits are usually perceived as formal, but that doesn’t mean they have to be stuffy and boring. Fashion lovers regularly add playful elements like bold suit patterns, colored shirts, bold ties, etc to adapt it to semi formal occasions. But if you’re new to three piece suit territory, then we suggest you start safe and explore with fun styling as you get more comfortable in it.

Navy blue three piece suit

If you could own only one three piece suit, let it be the navy blue suit. The color is ideal for day or night and suits all age groups and skin tones. You can either dress it up with a light blue or white shirt, tonal tie and derby shoes, or keep it fashion forward with a floral shirt and loafers. A pinstripe three piece suit would be ideal for work situations where you want all eyes on you.

Grey three piece suit

Grey three piece suits, like navy suits are ideal for conservative work environments. A charcoal grey three piece will look just fine at work, but a light grey three piece suit looks more summery and ideal for daytime weddings. For the latter event, wear a patterned tie and matching pocket square to give the look a jaunty vibe. Add dark brown derbies to complete the look.

Black three piece suit

A black three piece suit worn with a grey shirt and black tie is a sleek way to slip into a party. Wear monk strap shoes and a chrome watch and you’re in rockstar territory. Swap out a solid black waistcoat for one in jacquard fabric to make it look more ornamental. The color palette makes it ideal for evening wear. But if the event is more formal, then swap out the monk straps for Oxford shoes.

How to wear patterned three piece suits

Three piece suits in dark colors and minimalist styling are ideal for formal and even corporate wear. Three piece Glen checks and pinstripe suits too are great for work. Patterned three piece suits in earthy tones with houndstooth and plaid patterns like windowpane checks or tweed are ideal for semi formal situations like holiday parties, dine dining, weddings, etc. Those who want to break up the seriousness of the look can add a waistcoat in a complementary color instead of matching it with the suit. To know how to mix patterns like a pro, check out our post on the subject.

The thing to remember while wearing a three piece suit is that it has to be tailored well. This is because this look involves four layers – shirt, waist coat, suit jacket and trouser. Therefore it can’t be too bulky. Apart from that, the waistcoat has to skim the body so that it lies flat over the shirt. Finally, since no belts are worn in a three piece suit so as to not break the lines, the trouser has to fit well. Therefore consider taking advantage of the Tailorman made to measure service. Feel free to Whatsapp us on +91 9551112222 for a personal styling session.

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office party looks for men

Office parties give you a chance to relax and mingle with different teams in the organization, and even strike up a conversation or two with top management. They’re an excellent way to have some fun, network and even make a memorable impression on the right people. Hence, they have become an unavoidable part of everyone’s lives today. That being said, many men still find dressing for an office party a bit of a challenge, often wondering how formal or casual they’re expected to dress. Unlike casual parties, company parties do have codes of conduct, and dressing right is part of it. Therefore, we have put down a set of style tips and office party looks that’ll make dressing for the upcoming office party a breeze for you!

Follow the company dress code

An easy way to decide what to wear, is to follow the company dress code. For example, if your company dress code is casual, then don’t turn up in a three-piece suit. Similarly, if you work in a conservative office, then stick to formals, but add a festive flair.

Work with the party theme

Incorporate the party theme, but still stay within the company dress code. For example, if your company dress code is business formal, but the party theme is “Christmas”, then add a red and green pocket square to a white shirt (left unbuttoned at the neck) and grey suit ensemble.

Don’t be over the top

The whole point of following the above rules, and keeping things subtle is so that you don’t embarrass yourself when you run into your boss or top management. Just because it’s a party doesn’t mean that you’re off the clock – your behavior is being observed and you’re being judged, and you want to stay sharp.

Add one stylish element

A festive tie and pocket-square combo, a printed shirt under a sombre suit, a sharp suit with a T-shirt, colorful socks, statement watches, etc, are ways in which you can let your personal style shine. Keep bold colors and quirky prints to accessories and accent pieces, and keep the rest of your look sleek with tailored pieces.

Office party looks to try

Light neutrals

An easy way to stand out from the crowd is to dress up in light neutral shades like beige, ecru, grey, white, etc. A suited look with light separates will look almost zen at a boisterous party.

Printed shirts and dark suits

The only way to rock a printed shirt at an office party is by pairing it with a solid suit. Of course, the more relaxed the company dress code, the bolder the print. If your company is conservative, then stick to a subtle repeat print in a deep color, eg. printed burgundy shirt with a navy suit.

Light shirt and dark suit

Stark contrasts are always eye-catching. Therefore, a light colored shirt when worn under a dark suit can look effortlessly fresh and stylish. Get a complementing pocket square instead of a tie to keep it in party mode.

Smart color blocking

You don’t necessarily have to use bold colors to take advantage of the ever popular color blocking trend. Instead, channel this trend effectively with a dark shirt and trouser paired with a contrasting light color blazer.

Add athleisure

If you want to rock a suit at an office party that’s notorious for its relaxed dress code, balance your tailored suit with a pair of sneakers and a T-shirt. This look is young, effortless and classy.

Playing it safe

So you want to look great without taking too many risks? This classic party look is for you – dark suit with dark shirt. No tie, and leave the shirt neck unbuttoned. Want to give it just a bit of pizzazz? Add a pocket square in a vibrant print. But that’s optional.

You’ve probably decided on the look you want by now. Feel free to Whatsapp Tailorman on +91 9551112222 for a personal styling session. And if you have the time, walk into one of our stores for a made to measure session. After all, if you’re going to invest in snazzy clothes, make sure they’re well-tailored and fit like a glove!

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party essentials for men

As the days get shorter, and the invites start piling up, you know that party season has officially begun. Famous DJs are dropping by, special events are being rolled out by the most happening spots in town, and you’re getting invites to everything! Be it clubbing with your friends or lounging in a flashy pub with your date, we at Tailorman have four versatile pieces that will have you looking smart and sophisticated with very little effort. Get your shopping list ready, here we go:

1.Printed shirts

Often overlooked because of flashier options, the printed shirt is the unsung hero of the party circuit. To make it club appropriate, choose shirts in dark colors like black, navy blue, deep purple, etc. The prints can be subtle or loud, there’s no going wrong with printed shirts when you style it right.

Black shirt with repeat print

Nothing could be easier than slipping into a black shirt with a metallic repeat print. Pair that with black trousers or jeans, and overlay it with a black biker jacket. Accessorise with leather boots and a chunky chrome watch for total badass vibes. The best part of this look is that it comes together easily with minimum effort, and it’s ideal for concerts of all kinds.

Statement print shirt

Statement print shirts should have a spot in your wardrobe, especially if you like to be noticed. You can choose a prominent print like an animal, geometric or floral print, or go for a huge placement print. Since the shirt is visually interesting on its own, don’t overwhelm the look with other patterned or embellished pieces. Instead, choose trousers and suit jackets in solid complementary colors, and accessorise with unfussy shoes and watch.

2. Velvet jackets

Velvet jackets can take anyone from regular person to rockstar territory. And maybe it’s because of this reason that most men shy away from it. But we feel that there’s room for a velvet jacket in every man’s wardrobe. The good news is that, when styled right, velvet jackets can be subtly luxurious and show off your refined tastes.

Velvet jacket with print shirt

A velvet jacket in a vivid color is definitely in rockstar territory. To take things up a notch, pair it with a printed shirt and tonal trousers that anchor the look. This way, the whole looks is visually interesting and packs a punch.

Velvet jacket with sweater

If making a splash isn’t your thing, then try layering a neutral hued velvet blazer over a sweater and tonal trousers. Complete the look with boots. The velvet blazer stops it from looking too casual, and the dark color palette is ideal for nights out.

Velvet tuxedo with pleated shirt

A velvet tuxedo jacket may seem like an over-the-top choice for a night out, but this can be remedied with the right styling. Pair your velvet tuxedo jacket with a dark color pleated shirt or T-shirt and trousers (go with colors that match the lapels). Wear high-shine derby shoes to add the right amount of flash to the look.

3. Black suits

We’ve spoken of the black suit before, as one of the three foundational suits in your wardrobe. They were made to be worn at night, therefore definitely capitalize on them this party season.

Black suit and shirt

An effortless look to try is a black suit paired with a black shirt. Wear the shirt untucked if you’re aiming for a nonchalant glam look. If you feel that’s too much black, then try a navy blue or dark grey shirt. Similarly, printed shirts too can be worn with these dark suits. Black suits and dark solid color shirts provide the ideal canvas for experimenting with accessories – scarves, chains, statement watches, boots, etc.

Black suit and T-shirt

A smart alternative to the black suit and shirt look is the black suit and T-shirt look. Go for neutral T-shirts to play up the glam look. Accessorise with leather boots and a watch. This is how you achieve an elegantly minimalist look.

4. Windowpane suit

Windowpane suits come into their own when worn in the evening, especially if the checks highly contrast with the body. Check suits require experienced construction so that the checks mirror along the seams. Therefore, when you wear a well-crafted windowpane suit you’re showing off both your sartorial choices, as well as beautiful craftsmanship.

Windowpane suit with gingham check shirt

A blue windowpane suit gets jazzed up with a gingham shirt (notice how the patterns are from the same family) and pops of color in the form of a fringed pocket square and stacked bracelets. The only solid color accessory here is the pale blue tie. Does this ensemble look party ready or what?!

Windowpane suit with roll-neck sweater

Like the window pane but don’t want the extra pizzazz? Team an ash grey windowpane check suit with a dark grey roll-neck. A brown paisley pocket-square breaks up the austerity of this look. Brown monk straps or derbies would complete this look.

We hope you’re inspired to spruce up your party wardrobe after reading this. But that’s not all – Whatsapp us on +91 9551112222 for a personal styling session with a Tailorman Stylist! Call now!

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Asking a girl out was tough enough. Now comes the part where you have to impress her on your first date. We understand how important it is to get it right and your appearance plays a huge part here. Luckily, you can always count on Tailorman to come to your rescue. 

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dress for groom

The day you graduated from business school, got your first job and later, your first promotion, were all major milestones. But perhaps none are as public as your wedding day. While it’s true that most guests will have their eyes on the bride, your look as the groom is just as important since you’ll be sharing the spotlight with her and the wedding photos will last forever. To make sure you step out in style for all the wedding ceremonies on your big day, just follow our simple guidelines.

Main wedding ceremony

dress for groom

If you choose to go traditional for a religious ceremony, a kurta-pyjama combination is a hassle-free option. Pair it with a Nehru jacket for a more formal look. Swapping the pyjamas for a dhoti helps recreate an ensemble with a bit of old-world charm. If the weather gets nippy, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders. This will at once be both practical and elegant.

While traditional attire is popular, it’s not uncommon for grooms today to choose a trendy look for their marriage rites. A full-sleeve cotton shirt with a tiny paisley print paired with cotton trousers, and topped with a Nehru jacket can be a great alternative to a tip to toe ethnic look.

Christian weddings are usually held during the day, therefore a light grey or navy blue suit would look appropriate. If the weather is chilly, go for a three piece suit. Accessorise with pastel ties in keeping with the daytime ceremonies.

Reception

dress for groom

Let the party commence! This is your chance to shine! Your wedding theme will decide if it’s formal or black-tie. If it’s a black-tie event, opt for a black or midnight blue tuxedo. On the other hand, a well-tailored black suit paired with a white shirt and black bow tie will look formal enough for the wedding while still being less formal than a tuxedo. And let’s not forget day time receptions either – if you’re having a more relaxed daytime event, a linen suit will look perfect. All three options will make you feel confident and turn out to be good investments in the long term.

If your wedding has a strong Indian theme, then definitely opt for a sherwani or shirt, trouser and bandhgala combo. Sophisticated and timeless without being boring, you can personalise each with accessories like statement buttons or a brooch. These too can be matched to complement your partner’s outfit.

Cocktail night

dress for groom

You want something that’s comfortable and lets you move freely on the dance floor. Pick a shirt  in a dark jewel tone like maroon or deep blue, which will look great under the lights. Alternatively, look sharp and edgy in a black shirt paired with a black suit.

Final touches:

Let’s not forget the little details that makes wedding ensembles more memorable. For example, echo your partner’s outfit in the shade of your tie or pocket square. Get your wedding dates monogrammed onto your suit linings. Add subtle signature elements like patterned socks, a watch that belonged to someone who’s important to you, cufflinks and tie pins that showcase your sensibilities, your partners favorite flower in your boutonniere, etc. Work with the theme and partners look for a well-turned out look. And yes, consider getting made to measure suits for all the men in the wedding party – your groomsmen, father, siblings, important relatives etc. This way, everyone has their best look forward.

As you can see, there are umpteen options for the man who wants to look his best on his big day. You can opt for Tailorman Wedding Services if you want to dress up the entire wedding party, so that even the groomsmen look on-point.

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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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