Written by Amy Pusey (last updated August 5, 2020)
'The clothes make the man.' That statement could not be truer when dressing a man for a formal event. Women usually always want to dress appropriately and look their best for every occasion. But, some of you may be surprised to discover that most men really want to look their best, especially when they attend special events, but are afraid to ask for advice.
The invitation is the key to deciphering how men should dress for an event. When it comes to a formal occasion, the dressing options for men become more limited, which actually makes it easier for them to figure out what to wear. How great is that? The basics to formal wear include:
A finishing touch that can make or break the look of your formal wear is your shoes. Simply put, if you are wearing a fine suite then wear a complimentary dark dress shoe, usually in black. However, if you are wearing a tuxedo, wear a patent leather tuxedo shoe if the tuxedo is trimmed with satin; otherwise, wear a matte finish tuxedo shoe if the tuxedo is trimmed in grosgrain.
When it comes to formal occasions, there are certain articles of clothing and accessories that all men should have on hand in their closets. Most men will rarely have occasion to wear a tuxedo, so renting an appropriate ensemble is always an option. For all other occasions, men should have access to:
If there is one skill every man needs to know, it would be them knowing how to properly tie a tie. Loose, uneven, and messy knots can ruin the look of your suit or tuxedo. Every man should learn to tie both a Windsor Tie Knot, which can be worn with any dress shirt, and the Four-in-the-Hand Tie Knot, which is perfect for button-down dress shirts. The best way to learn is to stand in front of the mirror and practice, practice, practice. Oh, and no clip-on ties!
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