How to Nail an Outfit for Every Situation
For the majority of our lives, we are in casual clothes. We recline in our houses in joggers, tracksuits and loungewear. We sleep in comfortable clothes we would rather nobody else saw us in. When we’re back from work or college, we immediately ditch the outfit that has been garnering us compliments all day and slip into something that only those we love would compliment.
But there are several occasions where dressing well is paramount and can make or break the event we are attending. It could be a job interview for that new corner office or just a bump in salary. It could be a wedding you need to look snazzy for – your own even. Perhaps it’s a first date that needs the perfect outfit to ensure there is a second. Or maybe you just want to look good for a night out with friends you haven’t seen in a long time. Choosing the right outfit for the right scenario is half the battle when it comes to finding the best clothes.
What to wear for a job interview
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. This idiom cannot be truer than in a situation when you are literally attempting to bag the job you want. Impressions are made or broken upon first sight and a job interview is a prime opportunity to make a strong first impression. Both men and women should choose something that they would wear if they were meeting the most senior member of a company. Think smart and then double it. Executive wear has a wide range nowadays, so there will likely be something suitable that both looks good and feels good. What we wear can have a bearing on how we come across, so choosing executive wear that makes us feel good can have an impact on our performance in the interview, especially if there is a presentation element. Don’t wear anything that stands out for the wrong reasons. Don’t wear something that looks or feels impractical and can give you issues when you are trying to come across as smooth and collected.
What to wear for a wedding
Choosing an outfit for weddings can be the most difficult aspect of the entire event. For brides and grooms, this goes twofold – brides, especially. For grooms, it’s slightly easier as suits involve less choice, but ensuring you are the standout man in a suit in a group of men in suits can be difficult. Wearing a three-piece suit and having the groomsmen and guests wear just a simple blazer-and-trousers combo is just the ticket to help you float above the rest in a sea of suits. For brides, wearing white while everyone else is in color already gives you an advantage, but a lot of thought still goes into choosing a wedding dress. Every woman knows exactly how to bring out their best features and pictures the dress they will wear walking down the aisle, but finding this image in wedding dress shops is another matter. Wedding guests have an equally difficult feat to find something that both exemplifies their own looks, but doesn’t overshadow the bride or groom. Finding something that fits well and blends in with the color tone of the chosen wedding palette is the smartest idea.
What to wear for a first date?
First dates come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is that you always set out with the hope of it leading to a second one. Even if the date doesn’t end up working out, you want to at least enter into it with the aim of impressing. This could all depend on how you dress: nobody likes anyone who tries too hard or looks too interested themselves. So you want to straddle the fine line between looking good and looking as though it took no effort to look that good. There are countless ideas that could pass for first date wear. No matter how the date has come about. Whether you dropped a chat up line in a bar or met on Badoo. For men, choosing a smart casual look is probably the best tack. You want to look like you’ve made an effort and you care, but not like you’re going to a job interview. For women, choosing a similar smart casual style could work. For both, having a jacket that could be customized to either make you look smarter or to make you look less smart could be a strong move: it essentially means you’ll have brought options, for you to decide on the night whether or not the outfit is appropriate or not.
What to wear for special dances
An elusive night that seems to eat money, energy and conversation. One that feels all too fleeting when it finally comes around. You guessed it, it’s prom. Choosing something Instagram-worthy is definitely the tack to take. When it comes to prom, there is no such thing as ‘too much’. Formal dances are excellent opportunities to use the clothes we wear to show people our personality. For the ladies, huge gowns that showcase your creativity and individuality are the perfect way to mark the end of an era. Many different styles work at prom and it all depends on what the theme for the prom of the night actually is, whether this is themed around Spring, Valentine’s, Summer, Winter or Christmas. Dressing well for a formal dance can not only showcase your style and fashion but can also act as a signal to cohort and peers about how you want to present yourself. Taking care in your appearance can often cause people to look at you in a different light.
What to wear for a fancy night out
Catching up with old friends, hanging with new friends or just wanting to impress those you see on a regular basis is the perfect opportunity to dress up. Whether trying fancy new locations or heading to your same old haunts, adding some flair and style and the latest trends to your usual look can do wonders for your self-esteem and image. Following trends can be tricky as fashion moves in revolutions. But some things are timeless. Bold colors, skinny jeans, denim and leather jackets will never fall out of fashion. Optimizing a French tuck for men can turn a casual outfit into something insanely smart. The outfit is largely defined by the event it is being worn for. The fancier the event, the more effort that needs to go into the outfit. It’s not a case of “the smarter and more glamorous, the better”. Often being overdressed can come across as badly as being underdressed. Ensuring you have the most appropriate clothing for the circumstances is the best course of action style-wise.
What to wear for a costume party
I know what you’re thinking: it’s not possible to look stylish and fashionable while also wearing fancy dress for a costume party. Well, that’s simply not the case. There are plenty of opportunities to stay stylish and be fashion forward. For Halloween, for example, take a tried-and-tested costume or theme and use it as a color palette for an outfit. You’ll be able to join in the festivities of dressing up while also flaunting your fashion sense. Of course, a costume party is also an opportunity to highlight how fun and exciting you can be, a chance to showcase your innovation and creativity. So opting for something within the theme that shows you have given some effort and thought into dressing up could be the way forward. Costume parties offer opportunities to go all out with an exciting new look, without the usual nervousness when you are about to unveil a new style. Showing your personality through costume helps make it easier to show off other aspects of what makes you.
Dressing for success is crucial for several important events. Choosing the suitable outfit can be the difference between succeeding in what you set out to do or not. From job interviews to weddings (as a guest or as the lucky couple), first dates, nights out, special occasions or costume parties – there are certain rules to follow. Your personality can shine through the clothes you choose to wear, so each occasion is another way to get across to those around you more about yourself. Our outwards appearance can enhance our position, whether this means coming across as more confident in a job interview, as a romantic partner on a date or as a supportive friend at a wedding. Ultimately, choosing the right outfit for the situation comes down to how your personal preference matches the theme. If you followed every guide on how to put your personality across through your clothes, you’d lose some of the individuality that the clothes are supposed to exemplify. Dress for the occasion and follow common sense style guidelines and you’ll be sure to dress to impress.