For this post I am just going to go there, ok? So no hurt feelings if you feel I’ve described you. I have seen too many guys get dressed up; whether for a presentation or a formal event, put in so much effort and look terrible. After spending some time trying to figure out where was the disconnect, I think I’ve narrowed down the potential problems.
1. TOO BIG. I have said it in before and I will say it a million times. If your clothes don’t fit correctly, you instantly look sloppy. Like really, how much would it suck to spend hours and money on finding a nice suit, and then people don’t see that effort because your clothes don’t fit? It is literally the equivalent to when you’ve woken up on time, had a great shower, got ready without any stress or craziness, and someone asks you, “why do you look so tired today”. I have literally been on the verge of punching people in their throat for that question. So if you get nothing out of this post today, please get this. Don’t ask people if their tired. Even if I just ran a marathon, comment on my sweat glistened glow, not the bags under my eyes. Ok, rant over.[Quick Tip] - If you're wearing a full suit (jacket and dress pants), skip out on wearing a belt. Another added reason to why your clothes need to fit!
2. “TOO COOL”. I graduated from college about a year and a half ago, and presentations where you have to dress up came fairly often. Assuming it’s because the guy wearing the suit felt self-conscious from all the attention, a lot of people would try too hard to make a suit cool. By this I mean they would wear gym shoes, or leave the shirt super unbuttoned, with semi baggy pants. Here’s the thing, suits are inherently cool. Unless it’s bell-bottomed and polyester, people are generally a fan of a simple, well tailored suit. I believe everyone’s appearance communicates something, and to me, this look communicates “trying too hard” or “tool”. And I am going to assume that’s not what you were going for.
3. TOO MUCH. Let me start by saying, I am all about mixing things up, especially with suits. When I get moderately famous (speaking it into existence), I want to be known as someone who takes fashion risks and doesn't always go for basic black and white. With that said, your whole outfit can't be the risk. If your suit is red, your bow tie is an orange floral, AND you have combat boots on, I’m going to go out on a whim and say "Sir, you’ve done too much". As I’ve said in previous posts, if you’re an up-and-coming fashion guru in the making, utilize this advice at your own discretion. But for everyone else, listen carefully. Risks should be calculated and deliberate. Just because everything you have on individually works does not mean it will necessarily work all together. I would say avoid making people have to decide which risk to focus on because you have so many.
Again, when you have on a suit that fits, it leaves a strong impression. When you have suit that’s patterned, ill fitting, and paired with chucks, it also leaves an impression. A terrible one.
And with that, I am done friends.