Dressing casually does not mean dressing like a slob.
Yet that's what many of us do, every single evening and weekend
Even men who wear suits on a daily basis find that their weekend/evening clothing is severely lacking.
T-shirt and jeans is the de-facto uniform of the off duty man — and if we're really casual, we find a way to wear our old sweatshirts and sweatpants with no intention of breaking a sweat.
Now, dressing this casually isn't a bad thing when we're watching TV on a Saturday morning or working on the house. But to wear clothing this casual to your daughters recital? Or to meet your wife's coworkers at a weekend picnic? Or what about a Sunday trip to the movie theater?
The fact is there is a lot of confusion as to how to dress casually yet professionally. Hopefully this video on stepping up your casual style helps!
Here, I argue you need to step up your casual clothing — a man often represents his family and he always represent himself, and he should dress accordingly.
Although you may not be the center of attention, you are forming impressions. You can't control everything; you can however, ensure your personal presentation is solid and sends a positive message.
Why? Because you never know where a relationship may go. That other parent you start a conversation with might be your next client; that “coworker” you jest with at the serving table just might be the owner of your wife's company.
In seconds, people decide if they like you or not and nothing has as powerful an effect on a light association as the way you present yourself. Dress right and set yourself up for success. Dress like a buffoon, and well, you might have been better not showing up at all.
Here are four tips to dressing sharp when dressing casual — 3 are very general and the last is a bit more specific but one of the easiest and quickest ways to elevate your game.
- Pay attention to the fit of your clothing.
- Ensure the clothing you wear is made of good fabric and constructed properly.
- Aim for styles that are classic and that compliment your body type.
- Wear quality footwear — leave the sandals for the beach and running shoes for running.
Something most of us do consistently? No
Take the steps necessary to elevate your casual style — the reward is worth it.