March 15, 2008

Going to a job fair or a career fair can be nerve-wracking not just because you have to impress so many potential employers, but also because you may have a hard time deciding what to wear. Whereas an interview almost always requires professional attire – a suit and tie – career fairs vary in the type of attire they expect. To complicate matters further, they host a variety of employers, all of whom have their own expectations.

Although some career fairs request that participants dress in business casual, professional or business attire is the traditional expectation. To determine what you should wear to a particular job fair, check the literature on the event – you may find information about what to wear in the flyer or on a web page about the event.

Business Attire for Career Fairs

If you are required to wear business attire to the career fair, remember while choosing your clothing that you are being asked to represent your most professional side. All of the elements of your outfit should combine to create the best possible impression on your potential employers.

Suit – Business attire requires a suit for occasions such as this one. If you don’t have one, choose slacks and a sport jacket that look as professional as possible, but a suit is highly recommended. Dark, conservative colors such as dark grey or navy are the best choices; you may choose between a solid suit or one with subtle pinstripes, but be sure to avoid any obvious patterns or colors. Make sure your suit is clean and neatly pressed before the event.

Shirt – Always wear a long-sleeved button down shirt with business attire, as a short-sleeved shirt tends to look more casual, even if it is a button down style. Your shirt should also be clean and neatly pressed.

Tie – A conservative tie should always be worn to a career fair – never anything too trendy, cutesy, or humorous! Traditional patterns such as a diagonal stripe are best, and colors should be dark and fairly muted. Never choose anything that will act like a bull’s eye to draw a potential employer’s gaze away from your face.

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What to Wear to a Wedding

Author: Necktie Advisor
March 14, 2008

Have you been invited to a wedding, but don’t know what to wear? Don’t worry – you are not alone. There comes a time for each of us where we are invited to our first wedding – or our second, or even our third – and we suddenly realize that we don’t know what we are supposed to wear. Worse yet, sometimes the question is whether we have anything appropriate to wear.

Don’t panic, though – there are ways to tell from the invitation what you ought to wear. Some wedding invitations clearly state the style of dress guests are expected to uphold. Also, theme weddings are becoming quite popular, so watch for invitations that indicate you should dress in a certain theme.

Informal Weddings

An informal wedding can be indicated by the time of day, the location, or the style and wording of the invitation. For instance, most daytime weddings are more formal than evening weddings. Also, a wedding held in a fun or informal location, such as the beach, is likely to be fairly informal in dress as well. The invitation itself may lend some clues, as well. Besides the fact that some invitations plainly state that informal attire is requested, the invitation for an informal wedding will also look different than a formal invitation – if instead of the typical fancy lettering and formal wording on heavy, high quality paper, the invitation is colorful or amusing, chances are the wedding will be quite informal, too.

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Women Wearing Ties

Author: Necktie Advisor
March 1, 2008

Woman necktieWearing a tie is a hot new look for women, but a lot of controversy still surrounds the style. Many people don’t feel that the tie is an appropriate accessory for women, despite the trend toward tie-wearing in fashion magazines and on the runway.

Part of the problem might be that many women are not yet comfortable enough with the style to wear it right. Here are a few tips from tie-wearing women to help you pull off.

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Fashion Basics Every Man Must Have

Author: Necktie Advisor
February 28, 2008

Gucci necktieNo matter how you dress on a daily basis, you will find that you will still have the occasional need to wear proper business attire or dress nicely for a semi-formal event. Occasions like this can send some guys into a panic if they don’t have the necessary clothes, so make sure you are always prepared. At the bare minimum, here are five items you should always have in your closet:

1. A great tie: A tie often makes the difference between a sloppy outfit and a confident, successful appearance. Keeping a small selection of classic-looking ties on hand is always a good idea. Even if you don’t often need to wear a tie, you should still buy at least one new one every year. The reason is that the styles of ties change from year to year. If you shop for ties with classic designs, you’ll face less risk of them going out of style, but changes in width or popular color schemes can still make last year’s tie inappropriate for this year’s special occasion.
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