Great style starts with a perfect fit.  Your appearance is the inseparable part of your professional image.  It strongly contributes to the formation of people’s impression of you.  Starting from the ground up, appropriate-fitting footwear is the first step to dressing sharp.

Choosing the right dress code for any environment significantly contributes to forming your brilliant professional image and building your way up to greater success.  Choosing the right dress code is one of the most important factors determining each person’s success.

Awareness of the main dress codes will give you the power to represent yourself at your best image in each place or event.  Men can experiment with a suit colour depending on the event formality.  

A shirt in a muted colour, tie or necktie in subtle patterns or plains and classic shoes are required.  While choosing your pocket square, you should follow the same rules as when choosing your tie: if your general look has patterns, then consider a clear-cut style, but think about a design if your shirt and suit are in neutral tones.  In this dress code men can choose accessories such as elegant cuff links that will add a little more interest to their looks.

Patterns can liven up the basic white and blue colour palette, and it’s optional to branch out into some other colours as your personal style evolves. Just have a good core of white and blue dress shirts.

• Business Formal – The standard of dressing is a suit of black, navy, dark grey, and dark brown colours.  For a professional look it is a must for men to wear trousers that always match the jacket with the colour and the material.  Well pressed shirts of white, and beige colours are suitable.  A tie with a conservative pattern and colour should just touch the top of your belt buckle.  Leather shoes that match your belt in black or brown colour will complete your professional look.

• Business Casual – With business casual attire you are given the freedom to express your style and be a lot less formal.  Men can wear a sweater or a nice collared shirt without a tie. A blazer or sweater can be added in cold weather.   A leather belt and leather shoes are expected.  

• Smart Casual – Smart casual gives more room for imagination than business casual.  It does not require very formal work attire. The smart casual style gives you the freedom to express your unique taste in fashion experimenting with your favourite clothing pieces and colours.  Men can choose jackets or blazers, cardigans or jumpers, long sleeved shirts, polo or tennis shirts and experiment with colours to add uniqueness.   Instead of the office leather shoes choose something less formal. 

• Cocktail – This attire is appropriate for dinner receptions at evenings.  There is no fixed, official dress code in the frames of cocktail events.  It is still formal but leaves more room to creativity.  The details of the dress code vary and should be mentioned in the invitation.

Sized suits are made to general measurements, and not all of them are going to be a perfect fit for you.  A good tailor can make the small changes that take your suit from looking mediocre to perfect for you.

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February 2015
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