Summer style mistakes

Summer style mistakes

It is Summer – yes it is. Well, in some part of the world it is. For many the Summer so far has been a mix in weathers, but it’s Summer nonetheless, so you better dress the part – that is, if the weather allows it.

It’s too early for your winter wardrobe, so out comes the Summer wardrobe, if its not out already/still. It’s still time to impress those colleagues of yours, and the ladies of course, with your Summer fashion that you’ve in store.

No Summer without a few Summer style mistakes though, but we’ve summed up

the most common ones that you’ll want to avoid, in order to make sure to look your best, all summer long.

Short shorts

When being tempted to wear shorts, make sure that they don’t end up looking like hot pants. While you may find it sexy and attractive (if your confidence allows it), it’s not sure that everyone else thinks the same. Better stick to a pair of shorts that fall just above the knees – for your own sake, and everyone else around you.

All black layering

The colder months are optimal for the more muted color-range for your wardrobe, but greys and black colors can and should be switched out with lighter, more friendly colors for the Summer.
Allow your outfit to reflect the Season. Opt for brighter, lighter colors. It will not only help you lift your outfit and presence, but it will also reflect the heat far better than darker colors are able to.

The standard black socks

During the winter you’ll usually require a cosy pair of socks, all snuck and comfy, and with most suiting being black, grey or navy colored, chances are that most of your sucks are quite similar in color. A quick look in your drawer will confirm that, right?
That’s fine for most of the year, but during Summer, the last thing you’ll want to wear is a pair of dark sock standing out in your outfit. A typical fashion faux pas. Instead, try invisible socks, or get yourself a few pairs in lighter colors.

Tight jeans? Really?

Since we’ve mentioned that lighter colors are what you should be aiming for, we didn’t mean jeans. A pair of tight, white jeans may not – no – will not do you any favours. It will not make you look sophisticated – it will make you look odd and like you’re trying too hard, and you don’t want that, do you?

Too. Much. Chest.

We get you. It’s hot. You want to cool down, but there’s just nothing that is classy about unbuttoning half of the shirt to let the belly and/or the chest-hair come out freely. You are not a male model, and we’re not in the 90’s anymore – sadly. Why not keep your cool by opting for a lighter fabric, or a short-sleeved shirt? See, that’s better compared to going full out gorilla.

The same also applies for many vests. If you find yourself on the beach then you’re forgiven, but it really shouldn’t be a look you try to pull off anywhere else unless you’re wearing a shirt over it.

The Footwear

If the sun stands high and is relentlessly shining down on you, it is to set aside those dress shoes and switch it out with something more appropriate. Opt for a pair of loafers instead. Maybe even boat shoes, that will allow your feet to breathe and enjoy the Summer too.

For those of you Gentlemen that are eager to pull on their flip-flops, please reconsider. Please? They’ll rarely make a pretty sight and throw up more questions than you may like and be ready to give answers to.
Leave those for the holidays, or when you’re wandering around in your garden, at home.


Your winter clothing habits have nothing to do with your Summer looks. Keep what we’ve mentioned in mind and you’ll be well on your way for a stylish Sumer.
Remember, there’s a very thin and fine line between a classy summer look, and looking your part of a 90’s boyband, so choose your clothes with class in mind, Gents.

Formal fashion first impression

Formal fashion, first impression

Imagine yourself being in this situation. You meet up for a business meeting in a conference room full of sharp suits and ties. You of course prepared carefully and came to the meeting wearing a suit as well, but why is it that you can’t get rid of the feeling that you’re being watched and people are smiling a bit mockingly at you?
You’re looking down at yourself to make a quick check-up, but you don’t notice anything out of the norm – so why are they smiling? It probably makes you uncomfortable, right? Maybe it is because your suit is a little too big or small for you, maybe it is because of the tie that is out of proportions, or maybe it is the way you chose to match your dress shirt with your suit this morning – who knows. Maybe it is also a piece of toilet paper that is attached to your shoes. There are countless of ways to mess up your look (and presentation) by choosing the wrong dresscode for the day.
First impressions are really crucial for any given event that you’re attending to. It can often lead to people developing an opinion of you before you’ve even spoken the first word. Much of our first impression stems from the way we walk, what we wear and how we present ourselves. That is why it is so important that you dress well, and look the part in order to ensure that nothing but positive impressions are drawn from you, from the very first sight.

We’ve looked at a few things that you can do in order to make a right first impression for a range of occasions.
Dress the part
It goes without saying really, but you need to ensure that you’re not only dressed well, but exceptionally well, whilst of course dress appropriate for the event you’re attending to. If you’re invited for a formal networking event, like we often are invited to, business attire is a mist, just like when you’re going on a first date in a fine dining restaurant – the sharp outfit should be the first thing she’ll notice.
To add to that, dressing well is really not only what you wear and how you pair it with other items, but moreover about how it fits you. You could be de dressed in top notch designer clothing made from the finest fabrics there exists, but if it fits like a bag of potatoes, then you’ll find yourself at odds trying to look good (very few can pull off a good look in a sack of potatoes).
This is often the case, for those people that don’t have what may be classified as a “regular” body shape (that’s most of us). For instance, men who are slim and have long limbs can really struggle buying off-the-rack jackets, which are fitted around the torso, while also being a good fit in length on the arms and shoulders.

Custom-tailored garments can really help you overcome this hurdle, and offer you the perfect solution in order to ensure that your clothes not solely provide the best possible fit, but also flatter your body more than the ready-made alternatives are able to.

Accessorise wisely

When it comes to accessories, you need to think thoroughly about what you match it with. Too little make it drown, too much will make you look like a Christmas tree. When teaming up accessories with formal outfits, they to be suited to the event you’re attending to. There isn’t a one-rule fits all for this, but in many cases the best look will be determined by what you wear and the occasion itself. Which pieces of accessories should you consider, you’re asking? The range is quite elaborate, from ties and cufflinks to watches, belts and even dress shoes. If you choose to attend to a business dinner, wear a nice watch and a pair of nice dress shoes for instance, or for a networking event, wear a subtle watch together with a nice tie that fits to your plain-colored shirt and dark suit. If you’re in for the business meeting, don’t over-accessorise, but instead wear nice striped tie, a pair of cufflinks and perhaps your most shiny dress shoes that you have in your wardrobe.


Confinde does the trick

Your parents have probably taught you this, and it is true, confidence and charisma are priceless traits to have, when it comes to polishing off your look. You can wear even the best fitting suit made from only the best materials, but if you enter the room with a body language that screams “is this the right room?”, then it is to no use. Enter the room, own the room. You’re one of a kind, a king of your own, so show others what you already know – show them what you’re made of.

This is a trait that comes natural to some, yet is a big challenge for others. It is something that you can practice, maybe even fake, if you know what to do. Walking with a straight posture, making eye contact and greeting your counterparts with a firm handshake, you’ll help make a good first impression.

It’s always good to keep in mind that you’ll be wanting to come off as being confident and approachable as opposed to being cocky. There’s a fine line between these two, especially when you’re dressed to impress.
Final note

Those are a few pointers to have in mind when trying to make a good first impression. A good rule to have in the back of your mind is also that if you believe that you look good, then chances are that you’ll also feel good, which naturally should give you a better stance. Next thing is to say the right things, but that is not something your clothes can help you with – that depends on the right preparation, but we’re sure that you’ve got that under control already.

Good luck with your upcoming events and meetings, Gents!

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