Easy to Match Men’s Fashions

Author: Necktie Advisor
March 21, 2008

Many men find matching and color coordinating their outfits an intimidating task. Fortunately, there are many items in the world of men’s fashion that do not require a degree in fashion design in order to mix and match. Here are six men’s clothing items that go with just about anything.

#1: A White Shirt

Many men find business attire more difficult to coordinate than street clothing. There are more clothing items that need to be matched appropriately, for one thing: jacket, slacks, shirt, and tie. Luckily, you can eliminate the difficulty of coordinating at least one of these clothing items by choosing a white shirt. White dress shirts go with everything, and they create a buffer between your sport jacket and your tie, making it easier to coordinate those as well.

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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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Skinny Ties and Other Men’s Fashions

Author: Necktie Advisor
March 7, 2008

Skinnier Ties and Lapels

Skinny ties have been part of popular men’s fashion on and off for decades. In 2008, however, the average-width tie itself has changed in size: Whereas 3 ¾ inches used to be considered a normal width for a tie, that measurement has now shrunk to 3 ¼ inches.

While a change of half an inch may not seem that monumental to you, trends in men’s fashions tend to change at a much slower pace than that of the highly volatile women’s fashion industry. With the history of men’s fashion in mind, a half-inch difference in tie width may actually be a bigger deal than one might think.

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