A well fitted sports jacket, crisp clean dress shirt, a 7 fold necktie, and a pair of dark brown double-strap monk dress shoes.
You feel like a million bucks.
You're confident – ready to conquer the world.
But then you walk into the room and notice……
…..You're the best dressed man in the room.
In fact you're the only guy dressed sharp.
Which leads to the questions.
Are you overdressed? What can you do about it?
That's what this men's style article is about.
Over the years a number of guys have written me saying that they love what they’re learning on Real Men Real Style but are scared that the tips are just too formal.
I understand. So today we answer:
How can a man appear more professional but at the same time not appear overdressed?
This is a great and extremely relevant question which deserves a well-explained answer.
With that, here are five tips on how to deal with being overdressed:
1. Ask yourself whether being overdressed is really a problem
A lot of times and not just in fashion we often imagine problems that aren’t really there. When it comes to being overdressed you have to take a moment and ask yourself if it is really a real problem or maybe something that you are just imagining.
Men who live in rural areas often come to me wondering if their choice of clothes is appropriate considering no one is really going to see them anyway. When they don sports jackets to meet with their children’s teachers or to have coffee with a potential client they often worry about being overdressed.
I’ve been in similar situations and let me tell you this- no one has ever asked me in the times that I’ve decided to wear a tie why I chose to do that.
If no one else seems to have a problem with it, then why should you?
2. Ask yourself whether this overdressed issue is actually just a confidence problem
If other people cannot see anything wrong with how you’ve chosen to present yourself and yet you do, it may be worth asking if you have personal issues with confidence.
You may just need to have some confidence to be the best dressed man in the room!
There are certain professions that actually benefit when the man in them decides to dress “higher” and “better” than what his position dictates.
A lawyer in a small town can choose to not wear a suit as things may not be so formal there but if he does suit up and runs into people all over town, he may appear to be an impressive and professional figure that they will consider hiring.
As long as you know WHY you’re dressing sharp and what your overall why is then you will be able to pick out the right clothes for the occasion and not appear overdressed.
3. Know the situation
Take the time to examine the situation and look at the environment that you’re going in to.
Let’s say you’re applying for a blue collar position in a company. The situation immediately makes it clear that the guys here were cotton shirts and an overall functional uniform.
I’m not saying that for your interview you should dress this way. In fact you should dress a little bit nicer in order to make a good impression but understand then if and when you do start working with the guys then you should more or less dress in a similar manner
4. Wear flexible outfits
An example of situations like this is when a guy may have to transition between a big city and rural area within a day for work.
For guys with this kind of setup pieces like sports jackets and ties are sure to go a long way. The beauty about these items is that they can be easily taken off or put back on so it is relatively easy to dress your outfit up or down for the situation.
Don’t be afraid to change especially if you feel that the situation warrants it and you want to send the right message.
5. Focus on the fit of your clothing
When clothing fits you well you immediately look sharper and more put together even if you’re not dressed up per se.
This is why it is so important to pay extra attention to how your clothes fit you.
Secondly, look into investing in the best quality of clothing that you can afford. Better clothing quality will immediately elevate even the most casual of ensembles.
Thirdly pay attention to those little style details. Get rid of anything that feels dated and looks like it’s not going to work.
That’s it gentlemen- the five tips on how to avoid being overdressed. Hopefully you picked up some nuggets of advice in this post.
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