Here I’m going to be solving the question of how to not overdress.
This is a question I get a lot. A large number of individuals write in, “Your content is fantastic, and I enjoy reading it. I’m gaining a lot of knowledge. However, the most of what you discuss appears to be somewhat formal. You mention suits. You’re referring to sports jackets. You mention wearing a tie.
This is not how I dress. In fact, no one in my immediate vicinity does. What can I do to improve my appearance? What can I do to dress more professional? I don’t want to be overdressed, but I also don’t want to be underdressed.”
It’s a reasonable question. It makes perfect sense.
I’m going to give you six suggestions right now, so let’s get started.
First and foremost, is this truly a problem?
Now, we often imagine problems that don’t exist, and I’ve seen this not just in the fashion industry, but in every industry.
So, my question to you is: will this be the problem that you believe it will be?
I had an email the other day from a man who explained that he lives in a rural region and that no one will ever see him dressed sharply, so why should he bother?
I found it amusing because it accurately describes my circumstance. I grew up in a small town of a few thousand people. When I meet with my son’s and daughter’s teachers, that’s the only time people see me dressed up.
I’m out and about with my kids in several parks around town. I don’t always wear a sports jacket, but I do give priority to the details.
However, it isn’t a major issue.
No one has ever told me, “Hey, you need to dress down,” when I go to school or go shopping and I’m clearly wearing a sports jacket and possibly a tie.
Now we’ll move on to the second point. It all boils down to a lack of confidence.
To be the best dressed man in the room, I believe you must have confidence.
Dressing a little higher for your profession makes a lot of sense if you care about how you show yourself and you’re in a profession that demands you to dress a bit up in a circumstance where you’ll be (let’s say you’re a lawyer in a small town or a business consultant in a medium-sized town).
You want to do this because you’re virtually always on the clock when it comes down to it. You might run into a client, and you need to be confident in your ability to dress professionally.
Because you know what your “why” is, you have the confidence.
My washing machine was just repaired by a repairman who came to my place. Is it true that I expected to see him in a suit? No. It would have been illogical.
In fact, he didn’t want to wear anything nice because he wanted to get down under the washer and replace the pump.
I’d say nice clothing, preferably woollen stuff, but he was wearing a cotton work shirt. He did, after all, wear a company uniform. He was dressed in work pants.
He was able to go down because he wore work boots that would protect him.
It’s understandable that the apparel is dark. He was aware of his “why.” He was appropriately dressed for the occasion.
So, again, is it really a problem if you don’t want to be overdressed?
If you know what your “why” is and the situation necessitates it, have the confidence to dress sharply.
Third, be aware of the circumstance.
So, when I got back, I mentioned the repairman, but have a look at the issue. Consider the surroundings. Have a little background knowledge.
If you go to a manufacturing facility and look at what they’re wearing, if they have a uniform that everyone seems to wear, cotton, nylon, or a pullover, or something similar, you’re not going to dress for the interview like that.
But if you know that’s what you’re looking for and what you’d normally wear, I’m not saying you have to wear a suit to the interview because you’re aware of the situation.
You’re well aware that this is a blue-collar job.
However, I want to demonstrate that I pay attention to the minor details and that I am concerned about them since they are often critical. You can get hurt on the job, after all.
If someone isn’t paying attention to the details and isn’t paying attention to what’s going on, it could result in an injury.
So you should consider your physical appearance. What do people look like when they get off work and when they go to work outside of their uniform, and how can I up the ante?
So, instead of a tie, you might wish to wear a well-fitting white dress shirt.
Dress it up with a dark pair of pants. Have a great pair of well-polished shoes.
You don’t have to wear a complete suit here, but you’re already a cut above the rest of the guys. You’re going to be stunning.
So, once again, be aware of the circumstance and the surrounding environment.
Wearing versatile clothing is the fourth way to look beautiful without being overdressed.
Dress in a way that allows you to dress up and down. The advantage of a sports jacket is that it may be removed.
The great thing about a necktie is that you can remove it, making it something you can dress up or down depending on the situation.
If you believe the situation justifies it and you want to send the proper message, don’t be scared to alter.
You should definitely consider accessories that you can put on and take off.
Focus on the fit of your outfit for number five.
Focus on the fit, next make sure that whatever you’re wearing is of the highest quality that you can afford, and finally, pay attention to the small style aspects, making sure that you’re not wearing anything that’s old or won’t work.
The sixth tip for looking great without being overdressed is to use accessories. It’s a terrific method to rapidly boost your look.
Pay attention to the smallest details, whether it’s your luggage or the portfolio you’re carrying. Perhaps you’d want to complement your winter jacket with a stylish scarf.
Being able to take glasses and have four or five pairs, some of which will be brighter colored, and some of which will add a little bit of style. It’s quite simple to add accessories to your look and elevate your style.
Finally, remember these three simple guidelines:
The first tip for looking fantastic without being overdressed is to have the fit right. The second tip is to improve the quality. The next suggestion is to pay attention to the style details.
I just brought in my style pyramid, which can be used for casual, formal, or any other type of apparel.
It will most likely look excellent on you if you apply these three things to it.